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Zero-Waste Food? Cooper’s Grocery Store

I was inspired recently by a video about the opening of a zero-waste grocery store coming soon to Austin Texas called In.gredients. All it will sell is unpackaged food mostly from local growers. You’ll need to bring your own containers because they won’t have any to give you. Imagine the freedom! On that thread, today I picked up my lunch at the nearby grocery store, Cooper’s. Figured this new In.gredients grocery might be the future so we might as well explore the present version. I grabbed a Ziploc container from work and headed over. They don’t really have a big deli in this store but I had the choice of five potato salads and a coleslaw. Asking the deli woman if she would put stuff in my container was actually easy. She even helped me choose the salad. Unfortunately a sticker needed to be added to the side of my container so that the cashier could scan it. I will remove the sticker later and recycle it. To complete the meal a cheese bread was added from the bakery and a few nectarines on the way to the till. No zero-waste beverage options were available. Cooper’s still gives away plastic bags so I made sure to say right away that I did not want a bag. I also refused the receipt.  When I got back to work and was eating lunch I realized that I had automatically thrown two of the nectarine pits in the garbage. After fishing them out I threw them into the bushes (return them to the earth). Only time will tell if they turn into trees 🙂 Despite the sticker I think this proves that some grocery stores are flexible enough to provide a zero-waste fast meal for a person on the go.


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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