Britain’s first zero-waste store is packaging-free and only sells ethical goods

September 1, 2017 by  
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Next time you plan a trip to Devon, UK, be sure to visit the Earth.Food.Love grocery store. The unique supermarket sells up to 200 pesticide-free products which are ethically-sourced. The store is also completely packaging-free, which is great for the environment and people’s peace of mind. Earth.Food.Love was started by Richard Eckersley, 28, and his wife, Nicola, 27. The couple became infatuated with the idea of receiving one’s groceries packaging-free after visiting Unperfekthaus in German, an anti-waste outlet. “We walked in and immediately thought, why doesn’t this exist in the UK?” Richard told Metro . “We came back to the UK and decided to open our own sustainable store. We wanted to go somewhere that we felt would make a difference to the local community – that’s why we moved to Devon.” At Earth.Food.Love, one will find grains, pastas and even maple syrup. The supermarket also stocks regionally-grown oats, sanitary products, metal shavers that the blade can be swapped on and bamboo toothbrushes. Because the store seeks to deliver “ethical, wholesome and organic ” goods, milk and alcohol are nowhere to be found. Chips are banned, too, as they can have up to seven layers of packaging. While the lack of packaging might deter some customers, it is incredibly appealing to others. Reportedly, the “grind-your-own” nut butter machines are the most popular. “Filled with both almonds and peanuts, you can re-use your nut butter jar again and again and again, each time filling it with delicious, sticky goodness that’s been ground right in front of you,” said Richard. Shoppers are required to bring their own containers — which can range in type and shape — to the store. After the containers are weighed, shoppers pay for their purchases by the gram. For first-time customers, the store keeps compostable paper bags. Related: These amazing zero-waste buildings were grown from mushrooms Earth.Food.Love exists to educate consumers and increase access to ethically-sourced, healthy goods. The shop’s owners aren’t actually interested in making money. “It’s not about price for us. We don’t want to stock items just for the sake of it, it has to be ethical,” Richard said. “At the same time, we don’t want to compete with local farms – there are many around here that sell fresh produce already.” He added, “We’re adding products all of time, but the supplier has to be right for us. We want to live in a world where consuming doesn’t have to cost the earth. We believe returning to these simple ways will benefit not only our health, but the planets too.” The couple says the store has inspired many shoppers, which is why they created their very own guide to “Setting up your Own Zero-Waste Shop.” Richard and Nicola’s ultimate goal is to see similar businesses erected worldwide so the environment may be preserved while humanity is nourished. + Earth.Food.Love Via Metro Images via Earth.Food.Love, SWNS

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Old coal crane in Denmark converted into swanky hanging retreat and spa

September 1, 2017 by  
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Although stress relief comes in many forms, soaking in a swanky sauna hanging over the water may just be the new trend in spa design . Danish firm Arcgency has converted a former coal crane into The Krane, a multi-tiered structure topped with a soothing spa retreat that overlooks Copenhagen’s industrial harbor. The Krane space was carved out of a former coal crane that has sat overlooking Nordhavn’s industrial port for years. The creative adaptive reuse project was a collaboration between owner Klaus Kastbjerg and architect Mads Møller from Arcgency, who wanted to convert the old crane into a useful space for the city. Related: World’s first ‘cranehouse’ hoisted over Bristol harbor is completely carbon neutral The first floor of the crane was converted into a glass-enclosed meeting space called the Glass Box. A calming spa and wraparound terrace are on located on the second floor, and on the top floor, guests can enjoy a calming lounge space and additional terrace that looks out over the water. Paying homage to the crane’s industrial history, the structure was clad entirely in a stark black, on the interior as well as the exterior. The monochromatic color scheme was used to reduce distractions, intentionally putting the sole focus on the beautiful 360-degree views of the harbor. The space was decorated with minimal furnishings made out of leather, wood, stone and steel – most of which were custom built so they could disappear into wall panels. Local artists were commissioned to create various pieces, which are also subtly embedded into the walls. Møller explains that the monochromatic color scheme was inspired by the crane’s new use as a soothing getaway , “It’s all part of the vision, where the focus has been the integration of sensations—sight, sound and stemning (the Danish word for atmosphere). The Krane involved a 360-degree inside-outside approach. Natural light directly affects how we feel in a space and our happiness overall. So we optimized the inside to capture natural daylight and set the stage for the views of the water outside.” + The Krane + Arcgency Via Dwell

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Designer Aaron Mickelson Shows How a Product Can Be Its Own ‘Disappearing Package’

March 6, 2013 by  
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Brazilian Fast-Food Chain Cuts Waste By Serving Up Burgers Wrapped In Edible Paper

December 17, 2012 by  
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A Brazilian fast-food chain has introduced a clever solution for customers tired of having to unwrap their hamburger before eating it: edible packaging . As part of a marketing campaign designed to position their burgers as literally irresistible and reduce paper waste headed for the landfill, a restaurant chain called “Bob’s” recently experimented with a burger wrapping made from edible paper.  According to PSFK , the campaign was so successful that not a single customer threw away the wrappings, which meant a lot less trash to haul out to the dumpster. I’m sure you’re wondering exactly what this so-called edible packaging is made from and what it tastes like. Unfortunately, those details are a little hard to find.  Comunicadores  reports that agency NBS created the packaging, and that the specially wrapped burgers were only available in Bob’s restaurants for a limited time. Most edible papers are made from sugar or rice, so its conceivable that those ingredients also come into play with the NBS packaging. As you’ll see in the video it’s possible to apply condiments and stuff the burger in your mouth wrappings and all, so it can’t taste that bad. Although the gastrointestinal wisdom of eating an unwrapped hamburger is questionable, there’s no denying that this type of packaging could be great for the environment. Remember when public pressure forced major fast food chains to abandon Styrofoam boxes for the paper wrap and paperboard boxes used today? While it’s better for the environment, paper packaging still come with a huge carbon footprint and creates mountains of unnecessary waste. Edible packaging is biodegradable and compostable, reducing the amount of litter that must be carted off to the landfill. via DesignTaxi

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Packaging the Future: Edible Wrappers, Containers and Bags (Yum?)

December 5, 2012 by  
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Here at Inhabitat we’ve been hoping for, and advocating, biodegradable packaging for years, but now designer entrepreneurs are thinking even bigger; how about packaging one could actually consume? Turning what was a waste product into something that could actually confer nutrition (and would degrade quickly if uneaten), could make litter a thing of the past. Several companies have been working on edible packaging over the last couple of years, and as the idea moves closer to reality, Time magazine even called it a ‘game changer’ for 2012. Read on for a look at the state of the art in edible packaging! Read the rest of Packaging the Future: Edible Wrappers, Containers and Bags (Yum?) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biodegradable packaging , eco design , edible container , edible packaging , edible wrappers , green design , green food packaging , healthy food , molecular gastronomy , Monosol , packaging the future , Perpeceuticals , sustainable design , sustainable food , sustainable food packaging , sustainable packaging , sustainable produce , wikicell

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Thomas Ehgartner Fills a Vienna Studio with 8,000 Books for Conceptual Art Installation

December 5, 2012 by  
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Books are a popular artistic material in the creative world, and here at Inhabitat we’ve shared a variety of inspiring book-based works of art, including a waterfall , a tower , and a house . Now, artist Thomas Ehgartner  has used about 8,000 reclaimed books to create this conceptual installation. Lined up across a floor, the books make up Ehgartner’s “Meaning Minus Truth Conditions” installation, which was constructed within the sculpture studios of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna . Read the rest of Thomas Ehgartner Fills a Vienna Studio with 8,000 Books for Conceptual Art Installation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: academy of fine arts vienna , book art , conceptual works , green art , meaning minus truth conditions , sustainable artwork , thomas ehgartner

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Cork, a Sustainable Classic

October 2, 2012 by  
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Photo: Background pattern of wine bottles corks via Shutterstock If you are involved in the creative community, you will have noticed the slowly-but-surely growing preponderance of cork as a material used in design. Just in the past few months, my boyfriend bought a cork iPhone case , I was coveting a beautiful cork totebag I saw at Brooklyn Flea , and just a week ago, in consideration of replacing my (very old and crummy) vinyl kitchen flooring from the 80′s, I came across cork as an eco-friendly option. I had seen cork floors used in commercial applications, but hadn’t thought about it before for my own home. Cork is everywhere, and, as I’ve quickly figured out – for good reason! Read the rest of Amazing Natural Packaging: Cork, a Sustainable Classic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bags , benefits of cork , cork , cork floors , cork in building , cork in design , cork material. cork textile , cork oak , cork properties , flooring , green packaging , packaging , packaging the future , portugal , sustainable cork , Sustainable Materials , uses for cork , wine

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Eggs – What Makes Them So Tough Anyway?

June 29, 2012 by  
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However you feel about eggs – love ‘em fried with onions, hate ‘em in anything, or are morally opposed to consuming them at all – one thing you can’t argue about is that they are an incredibly effective package for embryonic animals of all kinds. They are so successful, in fact, that female animals as diverse as birds , fish, reptiles, and amphibians all evolved eggs to mature their young outside their bodies, which presents a number of evolutionary advantages (and some disadvantages; namely that mammals, especially, like to eat eggs ). Read the rest of Amazing Natural Packaging: Eggs – What Makes Them So Tough Anyway? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: egg design , egg inspiration , egg shape , eggs as natural packaging , eggs as packaging , green packaging , how eggs are structured , learning from egg design , natural packaging , packaging the future , starre vartan , what gives eggs strength

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Packaging the Future: REI “Unpackages” Five of Their Popular Products

December 21, 2011 by  
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“Before” example of a kids Novara bike: Smarter, lightweight packaging means most of the waste above is eliminated. According to Eric Abraham, REI’ s packaging engineering manager, the future is all about “unpackaging” products. The company’s ambitious goal is to reduce packing materials 35% by 2013, and some of those gains are going to be made simply by eliminating packaging altogether. “No packaging, simply product,” explains Abraham. And it all started with the customers, he says. When the company started offering in-store recycling of the big boxes that boots were shipped in, consumers leapt at the idea, and soon every store had piles of boot boxes to recycle. Very few people wanted to take the box home – they just wanted the boot. What followed over the next years was a radical rethinking of many of the current packaging designs – sometimes reducing waste, sometimes reducing weight, and almost always simplifying. Jump ahead to find more examples of what Abraham and his team at REI have done to make unpackaging a reality for the retailer. Read the rest of Packaging the Future: REI “Unpackages” Five of Their Popular Products Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco packaging , green packaging , light weighting , no packaging products , packaging , packaging alternatives , packaging the future , packaging waste , plastic reduction , Recycled Materials , reducing packaging , reducing packaging waste , rei , rei company , rei design , smart design , zero waste packaging

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Dia:Beacon Gallery Rises Within a Beautifully Renovated Industrial Building on the Edge of the Hudson River

December 21, 2011 by  
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Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in New York State, Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries is a beautiful exhibition space set within a renovated Nabisco (National Biscuit Company) box printing facility. The Dia Art Foundation has been a pioneer in converting industrial buildings into sites specifically designed for contemporary art, and this collaboration between American artist Robert Irwin and OpenOffice Architecture is a beautiful example of adaptive reduce that injects creativity into the 22,000 square meter space. Read the rest of Dia:Beacon Gallery Rises Within a Beautifully Renovated Industrial Building on the Edge of the Hudson River Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art center , art foundation new york , biscuit factory art gallery , dia art foundation , dia:beacon , Hudson River , industrial renovation , nabisco factory , remodeled factory

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