Original Unverpackt is a no-packaging store in Berlin, located on Wienerstr in Kreuzberg. The name of the store literally translates as “Original Unpacked”, and is the first no-packaging store of its kind in Berlin, despite the fact that recycling is fairly ingrained into German culture. In general, most glass and plastic bottles have a deposit on them (Pfand), to encourage people to return them. You often pay a deposit on glasses and cups at bars, concerts and farmers’ markets, too. Apartment buildings have separate garbage bins for plastic, paper, general rubbish and veggie waste, an there are bins for recycling glass bottles located throughout the city. Original Unverpackt is celebrating its one-year anniversary September 19th.
Elizabeth Rushe is a freelance writer and photographer from Ireland, living in Berlin. She bakes a mean Irish soda bread. What’s that you’re eating? Answers to @elizafoxxx