Beer on the loose…

Whole Foods Market in London is a great place to visit to pick up some quality organic food and beverages. It is also a place for spotting new trendy products and also innovative packaging solutions.

This is an however an example of the opposite. Beer sold “loose”… A variety of the Bring Your Own concept but in this case, bring your own keg. This is not a trend but more an interesting fact and a way for a micro brewery to get a bit of attention.

It might give the consumer a nice brew, but the one who washes up the keg is you.

The history of packaging in an hour

The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is carefully hidden away in Notting Hill, London. It is well worth looking for as they have an astonishing collection on display. Packaging and brands from the days of queen Victoria all the way up till now. Also an interesting compilation of packaging innovation during 200 years. Worth a detour.

Don’t trash this bag

On an afternoon stroll in London’s Camden Market I came across a colourful market stand promoting bags made of used packaging. I stopped by and got to speak to the man behind the idea of TrashyBags. TrashyBags is an initiative to do something of the situation in Ghana where the infrastructure to recycle used packaging is lacking. And they sure do, TrashyBags employs 60 people in Ghana who collect waste that can be used for making bags, backpacks and other useful things.

They collect and encourage the public to collect mainly plastic pouches and sachets that they wash and sterilise and turn into useful bags etc. Very creative and meaningful and does help the litter problem as well as it provides meaningful job opportunities. www.trashybags.org