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Paris’ First All Bulk Organic Supermarket Pop-up: BioCoop21

by Sylvia Sabes

HiP Paris blog. BioCoop 21, Paris' first bag-free organic bulk shop. So many organic, fresh options!

BioCoop, a French organic grocery chain, has opened BioCoop21: Paris’ first all bulk, organic pop-up shop with over 250 options to buy 100% en vrac. The aroma of ripe fruit welcomes customers who come to fill up on groceries at this pocket-sized shop in Paris’ 10ème arrondissement. Small paper bags or durable glass containers can be purchased for one’s dry goods, which include teas, coffees, grains, and legumes.  Ideally, clients will bring their own containers, cloth, and paper bags for their bulk shopping needs.

 

The market even stocks decadent butter cookies from Brittany and artisanal fig bars, without, bien sur, forgetting treats for the gluten-free crowd. There is a traditional French deli counter with everything picnickers need for a meal to go, including sea-green bottles that may be filled with French wine from the regions of Bordeaux, Côtes du Rhone, or the Mediterranean. Locally sourced honey pours from a spout just across from a stand of colorful regional squash and tasty apples. Between 15-20% of the products available in the pop-up come from fewer than 150 kilometers away.

HiP Paris blog. BioCoop 21, Paris' first bag-free organic bulk shop. No wasteful packaging to ruin delicious fair trade coffee.

HiP Paris blog. BioCoop 21, Paris' first bag-free organic bulk shop. In lieu of plastic bags, the shop offers adorable reusable bags.

Cleaning products have not been forgotten and their small reusable cloth bags make for practical souvenirs. The initiatives of this forward-thinking company remind us all how easy it is to do more for the planet. Fingers crossed that this baby step towards greener consumption will help spur a larger movement towards supermarkets that promote saving the planet rather than filling its landfills.

This ambitious project appropriately comes right before COP21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, which is coming to Paris November 30 – December 11, 2015.le 13 novembre 2015, à l'occasion de la coop 21 les magasins biocoop ont ouvert un magasin ephèmere ou les emballages sont proscrits, paris (75).

HiP Paris blog. BioCoop 21, Paris' first bag-free organic bulk shop. Not a plastic bag in sight at this check-out counter.

HiP Paris blog. BioCoop 21, Paris' first bag-free organic bulk shop. The bright façade draws the eye and invites you in.

BioCoop 21- 14 Rue du Château d’Eau, 75010. Open Mon – Sat 11am to 8pm, until December 30. Métro: Republique (lines 3, 5, 8, 9, 11)

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Written by Sylvia Sabes for the HiP Paris Blog. All photos by Jean-Marie Heidinger. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Sylvia Sabes

Sylvia is thrilled to be a French citizen, living in Paris where she writes ad copy for brands like Cartier, Hermès and L'Oréal while raising two teens and learning to share life with a Frenchman. You can read more of her adventures in Paris and across the globe on her website, Only In Paris. View Website
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Jean-Marie Heidinger

Breton and prone to seasickness, I enjoy finding myself in improbable situations that lead to random encounters. I'm fascinated by the marine environment and our relationship with the sea, but I'm constantly on the look out for new subjects to explore. I studied art history at Rennes II. I currently live in Paris, but I often find myself in Lorient, on Brittany's southern coast. Reportage and portraits are my preferred photographic formats. Website: Jean-Marie Heidinger

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