In a perfect world, the zero waste lifestyle would not be as much a trend as the universal way of living, which pretty much includes acquiring things and discarding them. We can all hope for such an idyllic scenario – but in the meantime, we can also take steps to bring that a little closer to reality. Thankfully, the introduction of stores that specialize in selling plastic-free, zero waste items is helping this reality along! In fact, a brand new one is set to open in Cape Town!

Nude Foods, the South Africa capital’s first plastic-free grocery store, will open at Constitution Street in the Mother City in November 2017 – and it will be a little haven for all those wishing to make a difference in their shopping habits.

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In the store, the consumers will find “non-GMO, healthy and affordable wholefoods and earth-friendly body and home products – all sold by weight.” Nude Foods will allow customers to either use their own containers from home or their in-store eco-friendly packaging.

The store’s promotional video reminds us only 17 percent of all plastic we produce gets recycled and the rest inevitably ends up dumped into the landfills and into the oceans. Considering that every year, around 8.8 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean and around 700 different marine species are in danger of extinction as a result, we all desperately need to take action to curb unnecessary plastic use.

To learn more about Nude Foods, click here. If you’re not in the Cape Town area, you can still act to reduce your plastic footprint and lead a zero-waste lifestyle. For more tips and tricks to do so, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlatic campaign!

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