Shampoo and shower gel filling machines have been recently introduced in the Czech Republic. People can refill their empty bottles instead of buying a new one every time.
A store sells shirts made from plastic bottles and shows how they were made.
In 2016, France passed a law that forbids supermarkets to throw away edible food. Instead, they donate unsold food to charity.
A store was opened in Denmark where you can buy food with a shelf life that’s near its expiration date or products in damaged packaging with a discount of 30%-50%. The store’s profits go to charity.
“Here’s what 362 lb of recovered food waste looks like. Instead of getting tossed into a dumpster, this food was donated to local homeless shelters and will be used to provide over 400 meals to those in need.”
KitKats in Japan have started changing their packaging from plastic to paper.
Adidas launches 11 million sneakers made from recycled plastic per year. Each pair reuses 11 plastic bottles.
56 million used coffee capsules are thrown away per year. Startup Velosophy makes bikes from recycled Nespresso coffee capsules.
A student came up with a brilliant idea of making cheap and durable plastic which is made of potato starch and water and will decompose in 2 months. You can also make dishes and packaging from it.
Some grocers use banana leaves as an alternative to plastic packaging.
A machine that lets you fill your own containers with water
“Grapes in our supermarket are sold in small paper bags instead of plastic containers.”
This movie theater collects popcorn for local farms.
European stores are switching from ordinary stickers to laser marks on fruits and vegetables.
In a Belgian store, you can cut a bar of soap and solid shampoo instead of buying a plastic bottle.
Finnish startup, Sulapac invented material from wood chips and glue from which you can make containers for cosmetics. It is quite durable and biodegradable.
Zero waste confetti you can make with your kids
“Our world is changing. I always take fabric bags with me when going to the store, and if a year ago people looked at me in a strange way, now they ask me where I bought these bags.”
Bonus: A new trend in Tel Aviv offices is to put a photo of Greta Thunberg next to plastic dishes.