The Beauty of Zero Waste: Japan

By March 5, 2016 No Comments

Whether I set out to explore or share my lifestyle in a new country, its native people are quick to tell me that waste free living is impossible because they do not have bulk. Yet, I always end up finding it…

Japan was no exception. Before I left for my speaking engagement at Google Japan, Japanese friends told me: “Everything’s packaged there. There is no bulk in Japan”. I come back with a picture album to prove them wrong ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy, take notes and learn from our zen friends. Some of these displays are amazing and ought to be replicated in other parts of the world!


Soft boiled eggs, cooking in hot springs in the Japanese Alps


Rice (love the display!)
Marinated Cucumber
Sweet and savory baked goods


Rice crackers
Dried fish
Sweet Pastries


Large rice crackers


Rice cakes




Green tea


More baked goods




Not sure;)


Chirimen jako (young salted dried sardines)
Bonito flakes


Sweet pastries


More bonito flakes


Pickled daikon


Even more savories


Pickled roots






Not sure ๐Ÿ˜‰


Dried persimmons


Glazed/marinated fish


Not sure;)


Flavored popcorn


Pickled eggplant




More savories


Not sure ๐Ÿ˜‰


Pickled veggies


Street food, such as these vegetable buns


And water fountains at the Osaka airport!

As I mentioned before: Once you gain a selective vision for package-free items, you see them everywhere!

For more pictures of the bulk that I discover during my travels, check out my Twitter and Instagram feed @zerowastehome, #bulkiseverywhere.


Chaque fois que je m’apprete a explorer ou partager mon mode de vie dans un nouveau pays, ses habitants ont le reflex de me dire que le zero dechet y est impossible parce qu’ils n’ont pas de vrac. Et pourtant, je finis toujours par en trouver…

D’ailleurs c’etait encore le cas pour le Japon. Avant de partir pour ma conference chez Google Tokyo, mes amis japonais m’ont tous dit: “Tout y est emballe, rien n’y est vendu en vrac”. J’en reviens biensur avec un album photo qui les contreditย ๐Ÿ™‚

Prenez des notes de nos amis zen. Certaines de ces presentations sont magnifiques et meritent d’etre reproduites dans le reste du monde!

Comme je l’ai dit auparavant, une fois qu’on a acquis une vision selective pour le vrac, on le voit partout!

Pour davantage de photos sur le vrac que je decouvre lors de mes deplacements, jetez un oeil a mon compte Twitter et ย Instagram @zerowastehome, #bulkiseverywhere

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