Back to packaging

Following a previous post about packaging a great deal of comments and new findings has made it very clear that a lot of people are concerned with this issue.  Last week a friend of mine brought my attention to a new shop in Germany called Unverpackt, a supermarket without packaging where you simply bring your own containers and refill them -like in the old days! Looking further in to this I found that ZeroWasteEurope has a great round up article about different shops in Europe that follows this concept, and it made me wish that everyone could have access to one! -would it not be great if we all could go shopping without buying all the scrappy plastic!? With all this in mind and fuelled by a comment from Angelique (who now lives in Germany and buys at farmers markets) I started thinking about shopping bags!  Despite bringing our own containers we would still need to carry our groceries home right!?! So to stay in tune with the whole ecological design idea I came up with these tea-towel grocery bags which have recycled leather belt handles; -which are strong and sturdy with a minimal impact on the environment,  as all the materials already exists.  So could they be something we could use?

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11 thoughts on “Back to packaging

  1. Oh My … yet another mind-bogglingly ( I know, crazy new word, that!) good idea… I haven’t bought a plastic bag from a shop for about 3-4 years now, I have my cloth shopping bag and it’s wonderful 🙂 Why would anyone carry stuff home in plastic bags, right? They look ugly… At least with your own eco-shopping bag one can look stylish and Unique (if they bought theirs off you!) 🙂 also- loving the packaging-free shops… Must spread word about this concept and hopefully it will widespread 🙂 A good way to target shops- find out the ones locally that are trying to reduce their footprint- carbon and/or otherwise and send them a flyer with this concept and few links online… I might look into this actually… I mean, if I could print out a 100 flyers with this idea and spread them into shop, ONE might catch on to the idea! And that would be something as well! 🙂

    1. Hey I really like your thinking!!! what a brilliant idea, maybe we should even start a campaign…

      I read one really good comment regarding Swedish statistics on ecological versus ‘normal’ fruit, where the question asked was “since when did ecological not become normal and why don’t we label the non-ecological with tags describing and identifying all the chemicals that’s on them”.

      -JUST IMAGINE!!! – how quickly people would change the way they shop! I mean if all the chemically treated products where labelled ‘TOXIC’… I wonder what people would buy!?!?! and if we could get shops to do this consumer trends would change drastically.

      1. Yes, things would change if we but the Skull and crossed bones on fruit meaning they are toxic… What is sad though, is the fact that people have to be told about it. You know? Why can’t anyone take a step back and think and figure it out, that “Hey, we are being poisoned here!” … And it doesn’t only apply to the fruit and the bees dying because of pesticides or GMO’s… Same goes for politics and wars and… So, yes, lets start making labels! 😀

    2. The state of South Australia has been biodegradable bags only for about the last 5 years – no shops are allowed to provide plastic bags but most people converted to reusable bags anyway. Less landfill the better, I say!

      1. Great stuff! -would really like to see a picture of the bags you use!?! and thanks for sharing this info

    1. Ciao Alessando! Toti bene y gracie mile por mirarte mi blog!! well, my Italian is not great (have lived in Spain so can understand a bit…) I was quite impressed with your packaging designs and would like to know if you work towards ecological production? one of the shops talked about on the ‘ZeroWasteEurope’ article is set up in Italy (http://www.effecorta.it/ ) so I was thinking that the eco wave might be quite strong in Italy?!? -would love to know more!!

      1. Hi and thank you for visiting my blog. Yes in Italy the Eco wave as you call it is quite strong. A lots of high luxury Ashton shop want a packaging with an Eco look ( brown kraft paper etc.. Etc..). Anyway I think it’s more a question of fashion/look than a real ecological behavior. Ciao!

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