A grocery store without packaging and a space of creative workshops dedicated to « zero waste » life.
In 2015, Maryse and Mathilde, the two founders of the project, met at a time when it was difficult for both of them to fullfill in their respective jobs. By taking a distance from their daily lives and starting to convert to a zero waste lifestyle, they asked themselves this question: “What do we miss everyday to adopt a zero waste way of life ?”. And the answer was: a unique place of alternative supply.
For a year and a half, they have traveled the region to find the best producers and co-build sustainable supply systems and eco-packaging¹. In 2017, they then founded L’Effet Bocal, an unpackaged grocery store and a space for creative workshops dedicated to life (almost) Zero Waste.
Producers deliver their products every week to the grocery store and organize co-location tours² if they live close to each other. Maryse and Mathilde regularly fill the jars and the stainless steel bins of the store with the delivered products. Delivery packaging (cans, boxes, etc …) are washed and recovered at each tour by the producers to be reused for the next delivery.
The grocery products are seasonal, local (85% of them come from the Vienne and the Deux-Sèvres) and if possible, organic (more than 50% of the proposed products).
Customers bring their containers (jars, boxes, sachets …) and use the bulk products with the help of stainless steel utensils. Reservoir jars (jars of jam, etc …) are provided in case of forgetfulness. This provision is free, the goal is not to charge the customer but to encourage him to come the next time with his own containers.
Here, customers are not pushed to consume more, on the contrary, they are sensitized to consume in just quantities. Almost all prices are fixed per kilo, no need to fill the bottle of oil to the brim!
From the hygiene side, nothing to complain about, the jars are cleaned before each new use and the shop is immaculate.
In order to have (almost) no loss, they have implemented several tips:
The grocery store is also an alternative place where workshops and meetings are held every week: “How to make your own laundry?“; “Wellness Workshop: Japanese Philosophy, how do they stay zen? “…
The observed benefits revolve around:
This initiative allows:
This initiative seems easily replicable, nevertheless certain conditions must be respected:
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