On my Instagram I had recently shared that a friend and I had done some zero waste shopping in Cape Town, South Africa. We headed to both Nude Foods and Shop Zero. Admittedly, I did buy more food than anything else. I'm only in Cape Town for a short while and still have to travel back to the Netherlands, so I really have to watch luggage restrictions. That didn't stop me from purchasing a few items, though!
The first stop was Nude Foods. Nude Foods had Kombucha on tap and honestly that already won me over. The store is easy to navigate and they had a variety of items. I think I was most impressed with how body washes, face washes, an assortment of vinegars and oils were readily available to just fill into your own reusable jar which you can bring along or buy in store. They had a small lifestyle section as well. Here I purchased my safety razor and a small box of blades. I liked the beauty and skincare shelves a lot too - it was great to see so many products packaged in glass or metal that could be washed and reused or recycled.
At Nude Foods I also purchased two vegan date balls, vegan shortbread and mint & lemongrass kombucha that I stored in my own jar, but my greedy ass consumed that before I could take pictures.
The second and last store we went to was Shop Zero. Personally I preferred the layout of this store. I found it super aesthetically pleasing, easy to navigate and at times cheaper than Nude Foods.
Shop Zero also had a section where they sold secondhand clothing and I thought it was so cool that they encouraged upcycling clothes. What I loved most about Shop Zero was the warm, welcoming environment and how the products were displayed. Everything was clear to see. Not only in shelves lining the walls, but also a long table in the middle of the store that had coconut bowls, handmade bracelets, tote bags and other groovy items. It was my first time in a completely zero waste store and it was such an experience! I realized that most of the stuff in these stores ought to be readily available so that everyone can live more sustainably.
They are exactly the same items as one could find in a regular supermarket but the difference is they're waste free, there's no excess plastic and you buy just what you need because a majority of items you can purchase in bulk.
Some of my followers also wanted to know if it's super expensive - it depends what you buy, as with most things. All the food I purchased was in bulk, meaning I took just what I was sure I'd eat. Personally, if it's a lifestyle product I don't mind spending a bit more especially if I know I'll be (re)using it a lot. The most expensive item was my safety razor and the blades (R180 total), but in the long run it was a great item to buy as only the blades need to be replaced and they can also be recycled. To me, paying that much isn't a problem because I will no longer throw away tons of razors every year. All in all, I love that Cape Town is jumping on this zero waste and sustainable bandwagon - not only in terms of zero and low waste stores, but also lots of vegan restaurants and beach cleanups organized by the community. It's great to see people taking responsibility and I hope when I return to the Netherlands I'll find ways to continue being as eco-friendly as I have been at home.
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