Zero Waste Supermarkets Coming to the United States – The Good News
The idea is simple: get rid of waste from plastic and packaging by simply not offering it.
Sarah Metz is currently working on opening a zero waste supermarket in Brooklyn. They are already a common sight in European cities such as Barcelona, Vienna and Berlin, but fortunately, there's a call to bring them to the United States. Obviously, in a city like New York, garbage is everywhere.
“It’s hard not to notice how much waste is generated here,” Metz told the Huffington Post. “You walk past piles of trash that are higher than you are.”
Basically, you'd bring your own reusable containers to measure out just the right amount of food and other household items. Some items would be sold in glass containers that can be brought back and reused. The idea is to reduce waste and only buy as much as you need. If you're only going to use two cups of sugar, why buy a 4 lb bag?
Our country uses and discards around 100 billion plastic bags per year. Personally, I think it's definitely time to do something! This is a great idea...I'm just wondering how long it will take to reach everybody.