Sustainable/ Zero Waste Markets in Spain

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February 3, 2020
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This movement consists of generating less and less waste by avoiding: containers, packaging and disposable utensils, betting on reusable products, with the aim of minimising the waste we generate.⁠

5. Granel; Barcelona

Granel is a market where consumers can buy products such as rice, pasta, honey, oils etc in bulk. They are not yet able to sell fresh fruits, meats, and fish, but with this system consumers can save money by buying more items in bulk and have a large variety of the items they do provide. Consumers buy only what they need. Granel makes the zero-waste shopping experience more intimate and accessible for all. Packaging offered at Granel is minimal and fully recyclable or compostable and people can bring their own packaging as well. Customers are encouraged to “buy food, not packaging”. Aside from fresh fruits and vegetables, Granel specializes in offering various types of cereal, pastas, and spices.

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4. Filpo en Verde; Valencia, Spain

Filpo en Verde opened their first shop in September of 2018 and has since expanded. Filpo en Verde sustains an environment that supports naturally based vegan cooking without worrying about the excess plastic waste created from packaging. The small marketplace offers up to 150 different products that are necessary from shopping in a mini supermarket. In addition to food products, this zero waste store also offers products such as soap, cleaners, and detergents that are organically produced and are non-plastic.

3. Pepita & Grano, Madrid

Pepita & Grano is a zero-waste market located in Madrid that encourages consumers to purchase items in bulk to reduce the waste that comes from packaging items in smaller quantities. Consumers are free to serve themselves when it comes to shopping and offer discounts to those who bring their own containers from home. The products are nationally produced from local and ethical sellers. In addition, their products are natural and are free of pesticides or harmful chemicals. By promoting foods and items that encourage a healthy and balanced diet, shoppers feel they gain a more educational experience out of grocery shopping.

2. unPacked, Madrid Spain

unPacked is the first zero waste boutique market in Madrid. The founder, Maria Arias, wanted to introduce the important ideals of sustainability and conservation of natural resources into an area that it had not been introduced before. unPacked encourages people to not only shop in a way that is eco-friendly, but also how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle in their day to day. All the items in the store are biodegradable, recyclable, and stored in glass versus plastic. From personal care essentials such as makeup brushes and soaps to everyday necessities, unpacked stocks all items using sustainable methods to reduce overall wastes manifesting new manners of consumption that are more conscious and respectful of the world around us.

1. YES FUTURE- Barcelona

Yes Future is the first zero waste supermarket located in Barcelona. The founder, Olga Rodríguez told El Periódico, that the idea of zero waste and sustainable markets is “ a global movement - Olga adds - that encourages reducing the amount of waste generated by a person." Rodriguez found that the practice of mass plastic waste and wasteful food practices begins before customers even bring the food home. Supermarkets use a mass amount of plastic waste and non-biodegradable containers when shipping and packaging food. The market advocates for purchasing items in bulk and for customers to bring their own reusable containers and bags to purchase food. They sell glass jars, soap dispensers, containers for detergents, soap dishes, mesh shopping bags, and organic cotton bags for fresh vegetables. Yes Future’s aim is to make the process of shopping more transparent to consumers by slowing down the market environment and make people more conscious of what they are buying.

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