By encouraging customers to bring their own containers and fill them with real, local food, the in.gredients grocery store reduces food waste and packaging, while supporting local growers and building community spirit.

in.gredients provide customers with a solution to food and packaging waste while building community around a sustainable food system. Wherever possible, suppliers that provide produce in reusable containers are selected, and customers bring in any container to fill with their desired groceries.

Zero waste isn’t that hard, it’s all about sorting. It just requires due diligence.

Erica Howard – Assistant Manager, in.gredients

The company operate on three principles: zero waste, local food and community. They buy produce from local growers wherever possible and have their own garden and outdoor space, where regular community events are held. This helps to build a community spirit and educate customers about the benefits of sustainable food production.

Why you should care

In USA, each person generates almost two kilos of trash per day. On average, in.gredients send less than 5 pounds of waste to landfill every month and encourage customers to shop for the exact amounts they need by filling their own containers. They send zero organic waste to landfill, using a series of steps to utilise food before it can’t be used. Any food that remains unused is composted and converted to fertilizer for their garden, as do leftover coffee grounds.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Decent Work and Economic Growth
in.gredients buy food from local growers, and also estimate that around 70% of revenues are retained and spread back through the local economy.

Sustainable Cities and Communities
Zero waste, local food and community are the three pillars that in.gredients are built on, helping them not only to cut down on unnecessary imports but also form a strong sense of community.

Responsible Consumption and Production
From suppliers providing food in reusable containers, through to encouraging customers to fill their own containers with produce, in-gredients embody responsible production and consumption.

Climate Action
Using locally grown produce, cutting down on plastic usage and minimising waste all help to reduce emissions from a grocery store, positively impacting climate action.

Life on Land
Using home-made compost and fertilizer keeps soils healthy and aiming for zero waste helps to reduce land degradation from landfills.

About in.gredients

Package-free grocery store offering area-sourced produce, bulk items and a kids play area.

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Global Goals addressed

Deployed in: USA
Developed in: USA
Stage: Full implementation