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Why a sustainable future means shopping like our grandparents

From Hackney to Halifax, packaging-free shops could help cut plastic waste, reduce emissions—and save us money

By Georgina Wilson-Powell  

If we want to make our future sustainable, we need to ditch the packaging.

Forget the out-of-town supermarkets and the monthly, or weekly, shop. If you’re interested in helping reduce your impact on single use plastic and food waste, it’s time to revisit the way our grandparents used to shop: fresh, local and without packaging.

“Zero waste” stores have been popping up all over Europe for a while. Malmo has one, and so does Luxembourg, Amsterdam and so on. And, from August, London will have its first zero waste store,…

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