Say goodbye to pre-packaging and start ‘pre-cycling’.
Taiwan’s first eco-friendly package-free supermarket has opened in the Minsheng Community in Taipei’s Songshan District, allowing customers to purchase the precise amount of an ingredient they need.
From spices, oils and dressings, nuts and grains, flour and other baking ingredients to diary products, the store specializes in selling dry ingredients used in Western cuisine using the bulk-bin design often seen in western supermarkets.
The products are sold in bulk using gravity bins, which are upside down containers with a lever that allow customers to help themselves to as much – or as little – of an ingredient as their need.
The ingredients are then weighed at the counter, and a price is calculated based on the item and its weight.
The store offers recycled paper bags for customers to use in place of traditional plastic bags, but there are discounts for customers who bring their own bags or containers to take the produce away. Glass jars are also available for purchase if you’re feeling fancy.
The eco-friendly approach, popularized by package-free supermarket Original Unverpackt (Originally Unpackaged) in Germany, encourages customers to take only what they need so as to reduce waste.
Various recipes are available around the store for browsing so customers can check what ingredients they need and buy it on the spot.
A spacious open kitchen and dining area is available for those who want to sit down and enjoy a meal prepared by in-store chefs.
Don’t forget to ask about the chefs about the menu of the day as different dishes will be served each day.
The area is also up for rent for those who want to cook for friends or family inside Naked Market.
With its unbeatable combination of good food, eco-friendly ways to shop and a great, relaxing atmosphere, Naked Market is a must-go spot for all food lovers.