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EcoIndian is Tamil Nadu’s first zero-waste grocery store


EcoIndian is an organic zero waste grocery store.

Product or concept

  • The store sells organic varieties of millets, grains and pulses along with range of organic skin-care products and honey.
  • The products are sold loose in glass, steel jars.

Problem being solved

Reduces the amount of packaging waste when purchasing groceries at regular shops.

Process or technology involved

  • The products are directly obtained from organic farmers.
  • The store has eliminated packaging the products in conventional plastic covers.
  • The products are stored in glass/steel jars at the store.
  • Customers are asked to bring their own containers to buy their everyday groceries.

Sustainability benefits

  • Eliminates the amount of food packaging waste during production stage and also from reaching landfills.
  • Promotes the idea of zero-waste living amongst customers.

User segments that will benefit

  • Residential Complexes
  • Organic Farmers

People or organizations involved

Co: EcoIndian

People: Prem Antony and Pradeep Kumar

Innovations or USPs

  • The store encourages customers to bring in own containers. The store offers a 5% discount for this initiative.
  • In case the customers forget to get one, they can make a deposit to buy a container and get money back as they return it.

Related engineering, science or business topics

  • Sustainable Packaging
  • Organic Farming

Who can contribute or get involved?

  • Organic and sustainable product producers
  • Organic farmers
  • Eco-friendly merchandise manufacturers

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Know more about the people behind this

The story behind Ecoindian’s zero-waste grocery store in Chennai : The article talks about the founder's journey in setting up the EcoIndian Store.

Good news: South India's first zero-waste grocery store : The video is an interview between India Today with the founders of Eco Indian.

Exclusive: These Chennai Friends Give Tamil Nadu Its First Zero-Waste Grocery Store : The founders talk about the range of organic certified products available at their store.

Make a visit to get a first-hand experience

Eco Indian : You can contact them through their website.

Involve yourself/participate in activities

Zero Waste Chennai : Zero Waste Chennai is a movement, working to make Chennai free of waste. You can contact them to take part in their activities.

Purchase the product/solution

Eco Indian : You can see the range of products available in the store through their website.

Connect with experts

Greenmart : Located in K.K Nagar, they manufacture sustainable packaging products for events.

Indian Institute of Packaging : Indian Institute of Packaging offers training programs related to packaging's supply chain management. They have a regional office in Chennai.

Experiment through do-it-yourself projects

A Beginner’s Guide to Zero Waste Shopping — How to Stop Using Plastic and Start Saving Money : The article lists the several steps one can take to reduce purchasing packaging waste.

Grocery stores are packed with plastic. Some are changing. : The article specifies how different stores are approaching plastic free packaging.

Plastic Free Kitchen Essentials! | 11 Eco Friendly Products to Reduce Plastic Waste : The video mentions several reusable packing products for homes that are available in the market.

10 Ways to Reduce Waste | Zero Waste for Beginners : Video talks about several ways for beginners to reduce waste in our everyday life.

Learn more

How to Make Your Packaging More Sustainable? : In this video, the speaker looks at the packaging industry and its impact in the environment. This video leads to a series where she talks about the different aspects of sustainable packaging.

Why It Pays to Use Sustainable Packaging Materials : The article has several insights on why the trends in sustainable packaging are here to stay. It gives a glimpse into the benefits of the same for the manufacturers.

The Sustainable Packaging Revolution - A Documentary by Jabil : The documentary delves into the plastic packaging industry and the race to develop new solutions that drive sustainable packaging.

How can we make packaging sustainable? : This video talks about how the change to sustainable packaging needs to emerge from the industries.