Who Are We
Bepakt offers an open index of nearly all packaging-free / zero-waste / bulk supermarkets and grocery shops. This information is aimed at (new) consumers, companies, journalists and researchers. Thank you for your visit, and please leave your feedback.
- May 2014: Bepakt was founded on the idea to design products to make bring-your-own-container-shopping easier. This is still the long-term goal.
- 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 ‘bepakt.com‘.
- October 2014: Released the first Map of Packaging-Free Shops in West Europe. View the viral Facebook post.
[image: Bepakt surveying customers at Robuust, Antwerp]
- 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).
- May 2016: Bepakt visits BioFutura (Rotterdam) to talk about developments in non-plastic / compostable food containers.
- July 2016: Bepakt (Rutger), BioFutura (Wouter Moekotte) and Thijs Maartens (C2C Certified) make an inspirational visit to Robuust in Antwerp.
- September 2016: Bepakt, Robuust and Unpackaged are featured on CNN. Watch “Trimming Your Waste“
- September 2016: Bepakt data was used a source for MSc Thesis “Barriers and Incentives to Zero Packaging Food Retail: A Global Stocktake” by Alexia Smits Sandano (Environmental Management and Policy Lund, Sweden, September 2016)
- Mar 2017: 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: Bepakt.com is now proudly sponsored by webhost Greenhost, which allows us to improve the website and process more data/traffic.
- June 2017: Guus Rietbergen joined the team, helping with communication, webdesign and company vision.
- More developments in progress…
Bepakt logo design:
Thijs Maartens of Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Savina Istas of Robuust
Wouter Moekotte of BioFutura
Richard Kleijn of Mobitecture
Catherine Conway of Unpackaged
Kosí Zob (Marián)