If you’ve followed me long enough, you know that I once had a webshop for package free groceries. In 2020, I closed that webshop because a bigger party entered the market: Pieter Pot. Today I want to tell you about them, because they’ve got an amazing concept! Here’s more about ordering zero waste groceries at Pieter Pot in The Netherlands.
Loose vs. Pieter Pot
About 5 years ago, in May of 2028, I started a webshop called Loose. Loose offered people package-free groceries, delivered to your doorstep. At first, Loose served people from my hometown Enschede only. But after 1,5 year I expanded and offered package-free groceries to everybody in the Netherlands. Around that time, a new, bigger company entered the market: Pieter Pot. They had better connections, marketing and more resources than Loose did. And so, I made the tough decision to close Loose down. I had built up the first package free webshop ever in The Netherlands, but it was time for another player to make the concept a bigger succes.
That bigger party is Pieter Pot. And even though it feels very painful to write all this, I still want to do so. Because you need to know about them. Pieter Pot has a great concept and I believe it holds the future in a way. And ironically, I am a customer of them too. Here’s everything you need to know about Pieter Pot.
Zero Waste Groceries
Pieter Pot is a webshop for zero waste groceries. They work with a deposit system. All their groceries come in glass jars and for each jar you pay a deposit. When the jars are empty and you need new groceries, you make a new order. When they deliver that new order in glass jars, you return the empty ones. Then they settle the deposit with your next order. So at first, it’s an investment in the jars, but after that you barely pay for any new jars anymore. The orders are delivered to your door in special reusable bags (see picture below) for which you also pay a deposit (which you get back once you hand them back in).
The Product Range
They have almost any product at Pieter Pot. And a lot of organic groceries too! For me that is essential. I only order organic groceries at Pieter Pot, because whether the product is organic or not is more important than the packaging, if you look at the negative impact. I personally buy most of my package free groceries at a local organic store because I prefer local stores over big companies, but the things I cannot get at that local store I order at Pieter Pot. Examples of products that I buy at Pieter Pot are nutritional yeast, agave sirup and smints. As I said, Pieter Pot has a very extensive product range. Really good!
A while ago, I wrote about food cooperatives on this blog. To summarize that post: I personally shop at food cooperatives because I believe that’s the most democratic and fair food system. Profit goes back to the customer. Right now, I shop at the cooperative Odin for the biggest part. Besides that, I shop for package-free organic groceries at a local store and Pieter Pot. But honestly, I would rather only shop at Odin so that 100% of my groceries come from a cooperative. So, in the future I hope that Odin will offer more package-free products and that in the long run, Pieter Pot will become superfluous.
But right now, this is not the case. So, the coming years, I will keep shopping at Pieter Pot. They’re a great company which helps to save a lot of unneccesary waste! And they’re transforming the food chain!