Amsterdam inaugurates the first supermarket without plastic

Amsterdam inaugurates the first supermarket without plastic

6.3 billion tons in the wild

The study published last July 19 in Science Advances by US and Georgian researchers is chilling : about 8.3 billion tons of plastic produced between 1950 and 2015, 6.3 billion became rubbish. Only 9% was recycled, the rest ended in nature, especially in the oceans.

The particularity of the Dutch supermarket Ekoplaza?
The packaging of its 700 products is natural and bio-degradable.

At first glance, one might think that food is packed in plastic.
Error : it is actually a biofilm made from plants. It will degrade automatically after 12 weeks of existence, in a composter.
This “plastic free” concept has been inaugurated on the 28th of February, 2018, in an Ekoplaza supermarket in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam inaugurates the first supermarket without plastic
Amsterdam inaugurates the first supermarket without plastic

To develop these packaging, the organic supermarket chain collaborated with A plastic planet, a British environmental group. As Ekoplaza explains on his website: “Plastic packaging around food and drinks is only useful for a few days, after which they have a devastating impact on our planet for centuries. ”

If Ekoplaza intends to perpetuate its initiative and ban all plastic packaging from the shelves of its 74 stores by 2018, several other nations, individuals and companies have joined the fight against plastic in recent years. This gives ideas for innovative packaging, such as beeswax, seaweed, or edible bags. The other option, do not wait for the industrialists and raise your own sleeves by going to a Zero Waste way of living.

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