For this family vacation to Paris, I left the list of places to go to my family-cheese and pastries at a charming cafe were about the only things my on my list. The tourist attractions would of course be conquered, but I am a foodie at heart. Before arriving I did do a little bit of research and found that Paris had a zero waste store, La Mason Du Zéro Déchet.
While on my more sustainable living journey I have done a few DIYS (I can certainly share some pictures!), the closest I have come to a zero waste or zero package stores have been the bulk stores in the city I live in. I know there is one in New York City (my hometown), so on top of visiting all of my favorite eateries, Package Free in Brooklyn, New York is another must-see for me. Lauren has a really great blog-check her out.
With no zero waste stores in my own city, I was excited to check out La Mason Du Zéro Déchet on my trip. I was not disappointed. The modest establishment offered package free soaps and shampoo bars, a nice selection of bento lunch kits as well as stainless steel containers, reusable feminine products and several infant products. One of my favorites was a reusable fruit squeeze container. Customers have donated reusable shopping bags and you can have a pick of your own for for a modest (or generous) donation.
Here are some of the things I found. My reusable shopping bag, a reusable produce bag with the store’s logo, detangling shampoo bar, a reusable snack/sandwich bag and a couple of charcoal stick water filters for my stainless steel bottles.
I was like a kid in a candy store. I cannot understand why ALL major cities do not have stores like these.
Maybe they do. So I Googled “zero waste store in Austin, Texas”-it happens that this is a major city near me. in.gredients in Austin was a zero packaging store-I was ready to plan my road trip!
They permanently closed this past April. They were the FIRST zero packaging store in the country and were open for five years.
How is it that more zero waste friendly and zero waste package stores are not popping up all over the United States? Why are stores that support an environmental awareness movement having to close their doors as opposed to opening more locations?
bepakt maintains an index of zero waste stores and has some pretty neat resources on their site, including a reference guide for sorting your trash to support a more sustainable living lifestyle.
In the meantime, I will continue to do my part to keep mine and my family’s contribution to the movement going strong. I will also continue to support local farmers and businesses that are on board with this earth saving movement.
How about you?