Our map below displays all of the shops currently sporting our sticker. You can therefore safely bring your own containers when you go and shop with them.
Zero Waste Belgium has created a sticker called “Bring your own” for retailers to display onsite. The sticker means that this particular retailer accepts and encourages their clients to bring their own containers such as their own bags, bottles, jars, etc. to do their shopping.
The part of this project is entirely managed by volunteers, the stickers will be sent to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Appear on the map
- Does your shop sell items in bulk and is willing to accept people’s containers but isn’t on our map yet? Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure to send a sticker to you.
- Do you have our sticker but can’t see your name on our map? Make sure you’ve filled in your details in the appropriate form and we’ll take care of the rest.
- Are you eager to spread the word about this sticker in your neighborhood or become a relay point in your region? Then contact us at email@example.com to see how you can help us out by joining our team of distributors.
What does the law say?
The FASFC, the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, does not prohibit the use of your own container when in comes to food shopping. According to their own words, the FASFC is 100% “for” zero waste as long as the practice remains in line with the law and does create any risk for the consumer.
Here are the rules to follow to achieve this :
The container brought by the consumer to the trader must be clean.
The container must be meant to carry food. Check for the official symbol of a fork and a glass that guarantees this.
The container must be suitable for the specific use that will be made of it. Example: an isothermal container to guarantee the temperature of a food that needs to be kept warm. No aluminium container for acidic food to avoid any risk of chemical reaction, etc.
The consumer who provides his own container knows that he himself bears the responsibility in terms of hygiene. Therefore, there is no question of reproaching the trader that the container is dirty or that it is the reason for causing indigestion.
The trader has the right to refuse a container and, above all, has a duty to do so if he or she notices that the hygiene or nature of the container is not appropriate for the use of the product he is marketing.