So there’s this new place in Austin, Texas called In.gredients. It’s a project in how we shop for our groceries. Everything here is in bulk – and by bulk I do not mean 400 rolls of toilet paper at Sam’s – I mean large containers where you scoop out or dispense what you need (or someone does it for you). One of the goals is to reduce wasted packaging materials down to nothing. See, you bring your own containers from home, purchase only the amount you want to purchase, and then go pay. Kinda nifty. I can see where it would be a hassle in the beginning to completely retrain yourself in how you buy groceries but what a benefit it would be to not have all that garbage.
I don’t know all of the details and I’m sure greater minds than mine have been thinking all of this through, but how stinkin’ cool! Remember the hot dog/bun delima? Yeah, now you just buy the number of dogs and buns you need, no sneaky leftover stuff because the hot dog maker and the bun maker couldn’t decide on a balanced number to sell. (I fondly remember the scene in “Father of the Bride” with Steve Martin having a hot dog/bun meltdown in the supermarket. Superfluous buns!)
I’m sure it’s not perfect, but what a fantastic step in the right direction. Way to go, Austin, you rock!