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Customers walk inside the Original Unverpackt (Original Unpacked) zero-waste grocery store in Berlin's Kreuzberg district September 16, 2014. Original Unverpackt doesn't sell foodstuffs packaged in disposable boxes, bags, jars or other containers instead shoppers can buy the likes of muesli, rice and pasta by directly helping themselves from the large store containers, filling their own boxes before getting them weighed at the till. For beer and red wine, 'bring-your-own' bottles are just as fine, even vodka is stored in a big demijohn from which customers can buy a few shots, or more. The shop also sells washing up liquid and toiletries in bulk, with toothpaste sold in tablet form. The environmentally-friendly project, which was financed by crowd funding, also allows customers to buy far smaller quantities to avoid waste and to invest in the store's recyclable goods.  Picture taken September 16, 2014

This shop in Berlin produces zero waste - can the world follow suit? Image: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Frans van Houten
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chair PACE, Royal Philips
Naoko Ishii
Director, Center for Global Commons, University of Tokyo
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