Waste-free living in London just got easier. The city's first package free shop, Bulk Market, has opened up in Dalston.
Allowing you to cut down on plastic wrapping, containers, tins and boxes, it stocks groceries that are sold by weight and decanted into receptacles that you bring along yourself. Essentially, it's how your great granny would have done it.
All food is locally sourced, having come from within a 50 mile radius, and is big brand-free. With pulses, pastas, cereals, seeds, nuts, oils, vinegars, dairy, eggs and fruit and veg all available, it's a legitimate place to get everything you need for the week's dinners.
The shop is running in pop-up format until 25th October, after which it'll move to a permanent spot in Hackney – something that's currently in crowdfunding stage.
Having worked in retail, founder Ingrid Caldironi – who says she's not a "not a hippie, or treehugger" - has seen firsthand the disconnected relationship people have between food and waste. After being inspired by environmentalist Lauren Singer and her Brooklyn Package Free Shop, she decided to go zero waste.
Ingrid hopes to make a dent in the huge levels of waste that supermarkets generate. (It has been found recently by Wrap UK that the food waste they generate could end world hunger many times over.)
We'll see you down there.