Our shopping habits are changing. Or changing back.
In the past you could put in an order and a butcher’s boy would turn up with sausages in the basket of his delivery bike. Then that died out and we all had to go to the shop. Now we can order online and get it delivered once again. Full circle.
Not all the “progress” has been for the better. Just ask Grandad in the picture. (Click on the photo to make the text bigger.)
Packaging is another one. It galls me to see bananas wrapped in plastic – or any fruit which already comes in its own natural wrapper.
But we’re lazy and squeamish and alienated from the reality of food. The very thought of having to wash mud off a potato… or the idea that a pig had to die to make that sausage… puh-lease! Let’s not dwell on the seamy side of life.
Some places – like Ireland – have made significant progress in reducing pointless packaging – plastic bags in particular. Environmental legislation and charges made the difference there. But it’s more fashionable these days to nudge people towards different behaviour, rather than compel them… to provide attractive alternatives.
So what about a shop encourages you to bring your own reusable packaging/containers/boxes/bags/jars? Could it catch on?
And guess what? It’s not launching in Vermont or California – but Texas. (Exile Imaging may even shop there some day, or at least take a memorable photo of it.)
I heard about it at the Arc blog. The shop is called in.gredients. You weight your empty containers, label them, fill them, weigh them again and then pay for what you’ve taken. Here’s a short video about it.
So what do you think? Innovative and imaginative? Old ways coming back into fashion? The answer to our landfill woes? Or just too much darned trouble?
We expect politicians to give a lead – whether we welcome their efforts or resent their exhortations.
Businesses are at least as powerful, especially when it comes to influencing the minutiae of our lives.
And we have power too. We buy this. Or that. Or neither.
We fund it all.
So will this BYO concept work? BYO = Bring Your Own. I’m happy for it to be BYO bottle to parties and restauants. But clinking and clanking all the way to the shops like a confused old apothacery doesn’t appeal to me.