About a million plastic bottles are dumped every minute globally, with 250,000 thrown away every hour in the Western Cape. A staggering 500-billion plastic bags are used worldwide every day. A typical grocery might yield a quantity of packaging equal to that of the produce sold in it — shocking, considering that many foods require little, if any, protective casings. Confronted with the reality of plastic pollution and frustrated by the lack of shopping alternatives, Paul Rubin and Sherene Kingma took action and are giving Capetonians the option to go green at their newly opened no-plastic store, Nude Foods. While neither of them has a food, waste or retail background — Rubin worked in marketing and business management and Kingma was a television producer — they shared a sense of dissatisfaction with the wrapped-and-ready status quo. "Nude Foods was born out of frustration with the unnecessary amount of plastic packaging modern retailers insist on using. We got tired of waiting for s...

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