Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Bring your own package? A new kind of shopping comes to Slovakia too

Zero-waste shopping is not an easy undertaking in Slovakia, but shops following the idea have recently emerged and are slowly gaining popularity.

(Source: U Dobrožrúta Facebook)

Two apples in one plastic bag, three plums in another, one for the pumpkin and another plastic bag to carry the bread. At the cashier, ask for another big plastic bag to carry all the groceries.

That is one way people go about their grocery shopping in Slovakia. The consequences are obvious: Slovaks produced almost 2.5 million tonnes of municipal waste in 2016, data from the Statistics Office show. Slovakia also lags behind the European average in recycling, with only Malta ranking worse in the Eurostat chart. Slovakia recycled 14.9 percent of municipal waste in 2015, compared with the EU average of 45 percent.

Some people think beyond recycling, though. They try to avoid producing any waste at all. This does not necessarily mean radically changing one’s lifestyle. Small steps are appreciated as well.

“Bring your own bags to the store and say no when asked if you want a bag,” Matúš Zvalo and Dada Zvalová from the package-free shop U Dobrožrúta in Bratislava told The Slovak Spectator.

Zero-waste shopping

Their shop was the first zero-waste shop to open in Bratislava in May 2017. They started off as a bakery, but in cooperation with a package-free online shop, they now offer products such as rice, nuts and dried fruits.

Since then, zero-waste shops where you can buy foods or chemist’s products and use your own reusable case or packet have come to Slovakia. Their main idea is to eliminate wrapping that can be used only once and decrease the amount of plastics.

Matúš and Dada say they started off by minimising waste in their own household, later in food production. Finally they opened their shop. They document their experience on the Dobrožrúti food blog (which can be translated as Goodeaters).

Their shop attracts different kinds of customers, they say.

“Mums with children, men in suits, older retired women, often foreigners,” say Matúš and Dada, listing the types of people who usually come to pick up something to eat.

Read more on: -Zero-waste shopping is not limited to groceries. -Another option is to shop online and produce less waste.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

Annual
subscription

29 €
Buy
You save 17.80 € compared with monthly subsription
Quarterly
subscription
9.90 €
Buy
You save 1.80 € compared with monthly subsription
Monthly
subscription
0.98 €
Buy
Price is only for new subscribers for their first month. All other months are standard price of 3.90€

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

Cemetery with a remarkable creative concept Photo

The shapes of tombstones were prescribed until 1997

Vrakuňa Cemetery in Bratislava

Fico: Women need protection, especially as more migrants arrive in Europe

The prime minister repeated that he refuses to allow the emergence of "compact Muslim communities in Slovakia" as he announced Slovakia will not ratify the Istanbul Convention as a whole.

Robert Fico

Blog: Foreigners, get involved

What about making our voices heard? And not only in itsy-bitsy interviews about traditional cuisine and the High Tatras.

Regional election 2017

Slovakia’s story of economic success

The country marks 25th anniversary of its existence as an independent state

Bratislava