Bepakt – The Packaging-Free (Zero-Waste) Index

Since 2014, Bepakt (a Dutch adjective for “carrying bagage”) has been  been indexing/researching the market of packaging-free supermarkets. My name is Rutger, I hope you’ll enjoy this carefully crafted website…

By sharing my findings openly, Bepakt is becoming a rich source of information for consumers, companies, journalists and researchers interested in the concepts of zero-waste, packaging-free (or reduced) and plastic-free bulk shopping…



[image: Bepakt surveying customers at Robuust, Antwerp]

Company History


  • May 2014: Bepakt was founded on the idea to design products to make bring-your-own-container-shopping  easier. This is still my long-term goal. (Now in 2017, Bepakt is mainly operated by me alone, Rutger Muller).
  • July 2014: Executing a Customer Survey.  We visited visited Robuust (Antwerp, Belgium) and executed an on-site customer survey research, using iPads, to learn about the wishes of the customers and the shop.
  • August 2014: Start of online research of (European) Packaging-Free Shops.
  • September 2014: Thijs van Engeland designed the Bepakt logo and Rutger Muller designed the elementary beginning of ‘‘.
  • October 2014: Released the first Map of Packaging-Free Shops in West Europe.
    View: facebook post with over 3000 views



  • August 2015: Publication of our article on plastic pollution in landfills, sea, etc. Read: “Plastic Problems
  • September 2015: Visited and shopped at Bag & Buy (Utrecht, Netherlands) and  Original Unverpackt (Berlin, Germany).
  • November 2015: Published our indexed list of Innovative Packaging-Free shops and supermarkets, and their crowdfunding results. In the process we had contact with several very helpful shops.
  • February 2016: Bepakt meets Richard Kleijn, of Mobitecture, to hear about his works with sustainable bamboo and hemp. Richard tips BioFutura (see next point).





  • Jan-Feb-Mar 2017 (still work in progress):  Big update to the shop index.
  • Feb 2017: Brainstorm session in Amsterdam with Hilde Øvreeide of Råvarene – Din Zero Waste Kolonial (Bergen, Norway).
  • May 2017: is now proudly sponsored by webhost Greenhost, which allows me to improve the website and process more data traffic.


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