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Zero-Waste Store In UK Sells All Products Without Plastic Packaging

By Brian Spaen

Stores across the world are finding amazing ways to reduce waste. For example, a store in Norway is taking nearly expired food and selling it at a fraction of the cost to lower food waste and to help feed those on a tighter budget. Another recent example is a  family that lives in Devon, in the United Kingdom, who run a grocery store that focuses on completely limiting the environmental effects of their products. That's right: It's your usual groceries, but without all the plastic and packaging waste that typically surrounds your food.

Nicola and Richard Eckersley opened up Earth.Food.Love to help protect the environment by removing plastic packaging and selling ethical, wholesome, and organic products. The couple got their idea from a zero-waste store in Germany called Unperfekthaus. That also played a role in their decision to live in Devon -- it’s a place in the UK that didn’t have anything like their idea.

As of right now, the options in their store are understandably limited. It wouldn’t be a place to gather potato chips and beer for the big game with the amount of waste those products create, for example. Most of the food consists of pasta, grains, syrup, raw chocolates, and nut butters. Why? These are foods that store well in bulk, and are easy to transport in your own reusable bags or jars. Their store gives you a really hands on experience, as well, as you can actually grind your own nut butter with a variety of almonds and peanuts.