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First zero-waste grocery store opens up in Rīga

On July 31 the Burka (The Jar) zero-waste grocery store is opening up shop in Rīga, the owners told the press. 

It's the first zero-waste store to open doors in Latvia. People can use their own containers in the store and save a little bit on packaging. 

The store interior utilizes secondhand goods to show that furniture and pallets can also be re-utilized. 

According to the State Environmental Service, every Latvian utilizes a kilogram's worth of plastic bags weighing less than three grams each year, and more than a kilo of heavier bags. 

Most plastic bags end up in dumps as only a fraction can be recycled. 

Burka is located on Kr. Barona Street 59/61 and open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. 

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