In an article published on September 4, 2017 by news provider Reuters, journalist Anna Pujol-Mazzini reported on the emergence of “zero-waste” stores in cities around the world such as London, Copenhagen, and Montreal (FPF reported). The stores sell foods in bulk, as well as “products made out of waste and durable alternatives to typical throwaway products,” Pujol-Mazzini informed. The goal is to prevent packaging waste and food waste, and to encourage people to reuse items instead of using disposables. Pujol-Mazzini referred to a recent study illustrating that “packaging is the largest market for plastic and the petroleum-based product accelerated a global shift from reusable to single-use containers” (FPF reported). Consumers are increasingly concerned about plastic pollution and food waste, explaining the growing number of zero-waste concept stores. Ariadna Rodrigo, product policy campaigner at advocacy group Zero Waste Europe, stated that “citizens are making a big difference but it can’t all be on the shoulders of citizens.” She added: “You need a change across the whole idea of how business is done.”

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Anna Pujol-Mazzini (September 4, 2017). “’Zero-waste’ stores put consumers on frontline in fight against packaging.Reuters