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June 24, 2011

Zero-Waste Grocery Coming to Texas

Bulk grains for sale The first package-free, zero-waste grocery store in the U.S. will open this year in Austin, Texas, if founders can meet their funding goals. In.gredients will offer the usual grocery fare like organic produce, household cleaners, dairy, and wine with a refreshing twist: everything will be sold in bulk. Shoppers will bring their own reusable containers and bags to the grocery (or opt for the store's compostable containers if they forget).

Americans generate 250 million tons of trash annually and 1/3 of that waste comes from packaging, so a zero-waste grocery store would be great news for the environment. GOOD reports that the United Kingdom already has an all-bulk store, but In.gredients would start the trend in the United States. Founders are crowdsourcing the funds to launch the grocery; investors can contribute to In.gredients on Indiegogo.com.

--Della Watson

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