“It didn’t use to exist. You wrapped individual eggs loose in newspaper”, she explained. At that point the market woman still referred to cardboard egg cartons as a “modern invention”. A scene at the Kaiser-Josef Markt in Graz, which says a lot. About our society. About the change which has taken place in recent decades. And about our self-image when it comes to packaging waste.
Who dares wins – shopping purposefully and with moderation
These days, not only the old but also the young know that things can be different. Just like Sarah Reindl and Verena Kassar, who actualised their dream and opened the first packaging-free shop in Graz: Das Gramm. A year ago they were the first ones in the regional capital to introduce this idea. In Austria, however, they have for a long time not been the only ones. The shopping trend of packaging-free supermarkets is taking off. They are shooting up like mushrooms in almost every major city. Local organic mushrooms, of course. Because no matter whether they are called “Bulk Barn” (the Canadian pioneer of packaging free supermarkets), “Das Gramm”, “Lunzer’s Massgreisslerei” or “Der Greißler – unverpackt.ehrlich”, they all rely on sustainable and organic farming and on regional and seasonal products.