Supermarkets play such an important role in sustainability and our well being – this is where sustainable approaches to packaging, food waste and eating should all start. It’s not surprising then that supermarkets have recently been at the forefront of sustainability news.
First, France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks. More details here. UK has no such law, hopefully this will become law across the EU and so in the UK too.
Then Veganz, the first and world’s largest vegan grocery store chain, announced it would set up shop in Portland, US. Along with a supermarket, Veganz plans to open a shoe and clothing store and restaurant in Portland.
The chain has European roots – it was founded in February 2011 in Berlin, Germany by former Mercedes-Benz manager Jan Bredack. He said he wants to make vegan shopping easier for everyone and noted that his stores appeal to omnivores as well, estimating that 80 percent of his customers are neither vegan nor vegetarian.
Veganz imports goods from 30 countries worldwide and sells thousands of vegan products, including plant milk and cream, fake meats and fish, vegan ice creams, vegan cheeses and sweets, as well as toiletries and cosmetics. Currently, there are more than 10 branches across Europe, including Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Essen, Cologne, Prague and Vienna. UK plans were announced but it does not look like Veganz has opened in the UK yet.
I’ll keep my fingers crossed!