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.