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If you’re not prepared, shopping plastic-free in a grocery store can be nearly impossible. Plastic is ubiquitous and can be found in practically every form of packaging you can imagine. Fortunately, many people are waking up to this issue as they learn more about how plastic waste impacts the environment. In response, there has been an increase in stores specialized in selling zero-waste and plastic-free products – and now there is a handy tool that can help you locate them.

The Zero Waste Map is a Europe-wide directory of stores where shopping is free of unnecessary waste. The tool, part of a German sustainability portal smarticular.net, makes it possible to find an eco-friendly place to shop in just a few clicks – all you have to do is enter your location and it will bring up your nearest plastic-free store. It is easy to see what countries and regions have the most options. The map is especially convenient for those who are traveling and wish to locate a zero waste store in an unknown area. As new stores are added, the map will be updated to reflect. Since it is in its early stages, the map needs help to grow – and everyone can take part in creating it.

“Everyone is invited to participate by entering new locations for the relevant categories, uploading their own images and exchanging ideas in the forum with other interested members,” says the website.

“There is one thing that unites us all and that is the belief that we can change something if we really want to,” the map’s creators write. “Sustainability in everyday living has many faces and is not that complicated: awareness in the use of resources, healthier, regional and seasonal foods, healthy, environmentally-friendly body care and cleaning products, sharing, donating, exchanging, recycling and upcycling, as well as a more conscious approach to your own environment – the aim always being to preserve the planet for our posterity.”

Hopefully, this great project will keep growing and zero waste businesses will continue opening in many places all around the world – becoming progressively more of a natural and viable shopping option.

To find out how you can help make a change by buying less single-use plastics, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!

Image source: Oleg Magni/Pexels

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