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Copenhagen’s first packaging-free shop opens

LØS Market aims to encourage Danes to use less plastic and waste less food

LØS market is situated at Saxogade 77 in Vesterbro (photo: Facebook/LØS market)
August 12th, 2016 8:23 am| by Lucie Rychla

LØS Market – the capital’s first packaging-free grocery store – opens in Copenhagen on September 3.

The store is located at Saxogade 77 in Vesterbro and will sell over 400 organic products in bulk without packaging.

Customers will be able to buy the exact amount of food they want from specially-designed dispensers.

They can either use their own containers, bottles and bags, or buy glass jars and textile or degradable paper bags at the shop.

READ MORE: First social supermarket to open in Copenhagen

Too much waste
According to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, the average Dane produces about 42 kg of edible food waste and 759 kg of trash in general per year.

And it was with an intention to fight excessive waste that Frédéric Hamburger and Constance Leth decided to found LØS Market in Copenhagen.

The duo also want to support local, organic farmers and offer a shopping model with a lower impact on the environment.

READ MORE: Food waste in Denmark down by 25 percent

Opening day discount
The opening celebration will take place between 2 and 8 pm and include a live music performance, a surprise show and a 10 percent discount on all products.

Those who have supported the venture financially will be able to pick up their membership cards and gifts on the day as well.

Denmark recently also got its first social supermarket, when a Danish humanitarian NGO, Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, opened ‘Wefood’ at Amagerbrogade 151.

The store sells food that would have otherwise been thrown out at a heavily discounted price and uses the profits to finance projects in developing countries.


CORRECTION: We have learned since the publication of this story that Denmark’s first packaging-free store is Rå Varer in Aarhus.