In 2012, a little grocery store on Manor Road was drawing national attention for what it didn’t have.
Ingredients was grabbing headlines far and wide for months before it opened thanks to a wild idea: It would become one of the country’s first “zero-waste” or “packaging-free” grocery stores.
In reality, hardly anything is actually zero-waste or without packaging. Customers could buy local produce, meat and dairy, but all the meat and dairy — as well as plenty of other products on the shelves — were sold in traditional packaging. The store also featured a bulk section, where you could fill Mason jars and other reusable containers will dried grains, legumes, sugar and flour.
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With ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch and snack options, as well as beer and kombucha on tap, Ingredients became a neighborhood hangout, a place where families could get together after work so the kids could play in the garden and where professionals could grab a coffee meeting during the day.
More than five years after it opened, however, Ingredients is closing its doors today, the owners announced on Facebook earlier this week.
From the post:
Well folks, it’s not easy being green. After over 5 years on Manor Road, we will be closing our doors for the final time this Friday, April 27th.
To be honest, we’re heartbroken. But don’t lose heart. For over five years, we have diverted waste from landfills, supported local growers and artisans, brought people together and helped Cherrywood live a little bit healthier. Each and every one of you has been a part of that.
The zero waste movement is still GROWING. Since we came on the scene as the nation’s first zero waste grocery store, many more have sprung up all over the country. We must all continue to choose and demand local, sustainably sourced, ethically manufactured and responsibly (un)packaged products. It’s not possible for this country, or this planet, to continue with business as usual for long. The fight continues – we must work hard to create a better future, together.
And watch this space! We can’t say for certain what comes next for our little slice of heaven on Manor Road, but we’re excited for the possibilities.
We love you, Austin. And we love you, zero wasters the world over. Thank you for being a part of this beautiful experiment with us. And thank you for the memories.