100% Organic, Zero Packaging Shop Opens Its Doors
While the concept of selling loose products has become increasingly popular among consumers over the past few years, Paris’s Biocoop 21 is following in the footsteps of stores like London’s Unpackaged and Berlin’s Original Unverpackt to go one step further.
With the increase in selling loose products over the past decade, Bicoop has launched a new shop in Paris to go one step further. Bicoop is the France’s largest organic food provider who opened their 1st zero packaging store on 4th of November this year.
Bicoop, the hundred percent organic food shop, has provided more than 250 products with no extra packaging. The products include washing up liquid, yogurt, olive oil, honey, wine and some health products.
You might think that it is very complicated to transport your weekly shopping without the plastic bags, but it ain’t that difficult. All you need to do is to bring the containers or cloth bags from home and fill them with your desired items. If you are worried about the recycling of jars or shopping bags, the shop also sell 100 percent recyclable cotton bags, you can use them again and again.
Should this concept — which is undergoing a trial run in anticipation for the COP21 — prove successful, it will become a permanent feature. For now, Biocoop 21 is the French brand’s contribution to next month’s climate debates, linked notably to discussions around the issue of waste. And a crucial dialogue this is considering that, as a planet, we produce 4 billion tonnes of rubbish every single year.
Nothing new for the States and Canada
Most of the times, organic food is associated with higher prices. However, this zero packaging has actually the benefit of reducing the prices nearly 15 to 20 percent. When you purchase the food packed in the container, you are actually paying extra money for the packaging.
As such, zero packaging is not only in our environmental interests but has economical appeal too: something that our Canadian and American friends have understood for years. While the concept remains something of a novelty in Europe, it has become quite natural in many place across the Atlantic. Oregon, San Francisco and Montreal, in particular, have become pioneering cities in waste reduction.
Still dubious? We highly recommend a look at Bea Johnson’s best-seller Zero Waste Home. Following the success of the French-American’s blog of the same name, came the book which describes the radical lifestyle change that ensued after a family move to San Francisco six years ago. From the excess of American consumerism, the eco-conscious author adopted a strict zero-waste policy.
By simply changing her consuming habits, Bea Johnson manages to save around 40%. This success story has gained interest in high places: Bea now gives talks around the world and hands out advice to big supermarket chains on how they can reduce their packaging.
France’s first 100% organic, 0% waste shop will hopefully prove to be a success. Further to that, let’s hope that it helps to influence consumer habits across the world and help to turn us towards a more economical and responsible way of living.
Biocoop 21′s doors will be open from November 4 to December 30, Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm in the French capital. You’ll find it at 14 Rue du Château in the 10th arrondissement.