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Success is in the Bag

thinking outside the box sees package-free retailer expand...

Success is in the Bag
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This time half the premises is a café-bar, although you can still buy your groceries there in the same package-free way as the original, and as you’d expect from the company ethos; the design is clean and lean with due care and attention paid to the eco-friendliness of the materials...

Way, way back when (not quite an age, but definitely at least one yonk ago) we brought you news of Unpackaged, a London store whose simple but brilliant premise was to sell their products – health foods and the like – without providing any packaging. The customers bring their own boxes and bags and in this way a small dent is made in the megatons of crap we are are chucking into landfills every minute.

Such a great idea was destined to take off, and we’re pleased to tell you that Unpackaged has opened a second, larger outlet in Hackney, designed by the same firm – Multistorey – who decked out the first shop. This time half the premises is a café-bar, although you can still buy your groceries there in the same package-free way as the original, and as you’d expect from the company ethos; the design is clean and lean with due care and attention paid to the eco-friendliness of the materials. The interior can also be cleared out with minimal fuss for the occasional events that will be held in the 160 sqm space. A laudable success – just don’t forget your Tupperware if you want to take some organic carrots home.

Unpackaged, Hackney
Unpackaged, Hackney
Unpackaged, Hackney
Unpackaged, Hackney
Unpackaged, Hackney
Unpackaged, Hackney
Unpackaged, Hackney

Photography, Joe Clark

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