JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM – The Package Free shop, opened May 1, 2017 in Brooklyn, provides products and tools that New Yorkers need to live a zero-waste lifestyle.
Lauren Singer who founded Package Free along with friend Daniel Silverstein, began living a zero waste life nearly five years ago and has a pretty famous jar. The jar itself is nothing special—just a a 16-ounce mason jar, but holds all of Singer's trash from the past four years.
“Daniel and I started with a pop-up to test out this concept in NYC. Since the response is already incredibly positive, and Daniel and I work together so well, we open a permanent location for Package Free,” said Singer during an interview with TreeHugger.
This shop sells everything from reusable razor blades, to cloth produce bags, to deodorant in bulk. The store offers more than just items though: It also is a learning space. Package Free is dedicated to teaching their customers the soft skills needed to adopting a low waste lifestyle, such as making your own toothpaste or deodorant.
You won’t find any plastic here: All the containers are either recyclable or compostable. That includes the products themselves (not just the packaging on them) too. Nothing in this shop contributes to waste.
While some of the products they have do come in packaging, they offer costumers the opportunity to give that packaging back to the store. The retailers will take full responsibility and properly dispose of the packaging, whether it be through recycling or composting any packaging that’s on a product.
"The most important thing is to understand the power of buying," Singer said. "Every time you buy, that's a vote. You have the power to support a practice that is either sustainable or not."
Silverstein and Singer said they hope Package Free will equip people with what they need to contribute to whatever degree is possible.
"What I've found," Silverstein said, "is that people are perfectly willing to make that sustainable choice when it's easy and accessible to them."