Wednesday, February 20, 2008


A new shop called Unpackaged has just opened down the road from me in Islington, London, and I think it's such a good idea that I should tell you all about it...

Unpackaged believe that most packaging is unnecessary so they're doing something about it. The shop is the new way to shop safe in the knowledge that you’ve not created any waste that’s going to end up in a landfill.

Unpackaged sell organic wholefoods and environmentally friendly products such as eco-cleaners for the home. You take along your own containers along for the products and the lovely people at Unpackaged fill them up for you with your favourite products. They also sell reusable containers that you can bring back next time in case you forget to bring your own with you.

Unpackaged have received some excellent press coverage here in the UK, so let's hope the idea catches on worldwide! See the Unpackaged website for more information.


Kevin said...

We need more stores which do this -- and preferably larger ones. Can you imagine if a big-box store decided to go this way? For now, I'll take the niche grocery store, or even Whole Foods going bag-less... it is a great idea and one we should all support by patronizing the establishments who participate.

Millennial 4 Earth said...

There was a big fuss in the US not too long ago - the Body Shop used to allow customers to refill bottles, but apparently no longer do due to health & safety regulations/concerns. I find it surprising that we haven't been able to find away around this especially since in the good old days you could go pick your unpackaged peppermint stick straight out of the bin. Heck, you can touch as many apples as you want before you take them from the grocery store too. What's the difference with a little hair product??

rogerspianocat said...

Body Shop stopped the refill service in 2003 because not enough people used it - less than 1% of customers. Body shop thought that the environmental benefit wasn't great enough. Instead they have introduced post-consumer recycled material in their PET bottles.

I think refilling would be better (not suggesting that they should use virgin PET for new bottles, of course) and I have emailed the company to say that I would like them to re-introduce the service. If many other people did the same, or asked in-store for a refill, perhaps they would sense that there would be more interest now than there was in 2003.

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