Going back to basics. 

Just a reminder of what AR is:
AR – augmented reality – is an interactive experience of a real-world environment whereby the objects that reside in the real-world are “augmented” by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory, and olfactory. This is according to Wikipedia. Now onto more of how it can be used.

There is a store in London now called Hetu (meaning ‘purpose’ in the Hindi language). In this store, you will find jars and bins of all sizes that contain all manner of foods and condiments.

Hetu is on a mission: To change the world with one of the most powerful tools at everyone’s disposal: buying power. Hetu is a vegan zero waste store. They offer whole foods in bulk and sustainable reusable items without unnecessary packaging. They do not promote animal products, pesticides, exploitation, plastic and over consumption. The store opened in November 2017 with the idea to offer vegan, zero waste bulk shopping for organic food, reusable products, organic cleaning refills and plastic-free personal care products. Helping people to live a more zero waste and low impact life benefits everyone’s health and also that of our planet.

The inside of the shop is very aesthetic, minimal and stylish. There are glass gravity bins with wooden handles, wooden topped glass jars containing various herbs and spices with vintage spoons for scooping. And all the fresh produce is supplied by a company called Oddbox who gather up all the local ‘wonky’ and surplus produce that regular grocery stores reject. To shop, though, you’ll need to bring your own cloth, or canvas bags and reusable bottles and jars. They do have some of their produce already bottled, and bagged, but there are some that are not, such as Kitty’s Kombucha which is available on tap. Kombucha is a fermented, slightly alcoholic, lightly effervescent, sweetened black or green tea drink commonly intended as a functional beverage for its supposed health benefits. Sometimes the beverage is called kombucha tea to distinguish the name from the kombucha culture of bacteria and yeast. — Wikipedia

As far as this author is concerned, these types of stores or shops should be the wave of the future. We are at a crossroads of the health of our planet, and of ourselves. It’s time we took a stand and those of us who are, I applaud you. A standing ovation, actually. And a very heartfelt ‘Thank you’.

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