A new grocery store in Singapore will have no plastic packaging at all. How will this work? Customers can bring in their own containers to purchase goods, significantly cutting down on plastic waste. In fact, this means no plastic waste will be generated by the store, as all products will be stored in gravity bins. “Unpackt” provides cheaper prices for consumers, and is aimed at helping bring down the volume of plastic waste in the country overall.
On average, 420 metric tons of plastic bags were thrown away on a daily basis last year in Singapore. That amounts to 2,640 bags being tossed every three seconds. Even with the amount of bags being recycled, shredding and recycling company Impetus Conceptus says that up to 70 percent of the bags they received are thrown out due to contamination.