Living Organic in the Modern-Day Berlin


The European organic market grew by approximately 7.6% in 2014 to a total value of more than 26 billion Euros with consumers in the EU spending 23.9 billion euros on organic food alone.  With a total of 30% of the retail sales, Germany is the biggest organic market in Europe followed by France (18%) and the UK (9%). From a global perspective, the 28 states making up the EU is representative of the second largest organic market in the world after the USA.

As is the case in most major cities across the globe, Berlin is truly treasuring and embracing an organic lifestyle. You will now be able to shop for everything from organic food and beverages to eco-friendly cookware and even a large variety of top quality organic cosmetics at specialized shops scattered throughout the city. Clean eating and veganism are also skyrocketing in popularity but luckily there is no shortage of eateries catering to organic palates. If you are looking for an eco-friendly fix there are a few shops and restaurants in the city that you simply have to visit.

Original Unverpackt

Meaning ’unpacked’ in English, Unverpackt pushes the boundaries of modern marketing shopping. All merchandise is sold virtually free of any packaging. Instead of relying on traditional and potentially harmful packaging, the store sells everything in bulk with the shoppers bringing in their own Tupperware containers, jars and bottles. All products are also 100% organic and regionally sourced, making for a truly sustainable shopping experience.  Unverpackt is a huge success, garnering tons of media attention as well as hordes of happy customers with their creative concept highlighting the ludicrousness of using extensive packaging in the first place.
Original Unverpackt
Wiener Straße 16, 10999 Berlin
Open Monday-Saturday, 10 am - 7 pm


Veganz

While Vegan restaurants are common in Berlin it is a little bit harder to find a reputable place to shop for vegan ingredients. Luckily for all vegans, there are more and more suitable shops popping up all over Berlin with Veganz being at the forefront of this growing trend.  Jan Bredack, the founder, aimed to create a vegan-friendly market where customers don’t have to waste precious time scouring through countless ingredients lists to find products they can use.
Veganz
Warschauer Str. 33, 10243 Berlin
Open Monday - Saturday, 8 am - 9 pm

Die Dicke Linda

This store is bursting at it seems with fresh seasonal veggies and fruit as well as flowers, meats, natural seasonings and a variety of other organic treats. Die Dicke Linda offers customers the chance to connect with the producers of the food which is an important element when it comes to altering our consumption patterns and changing our lifestyles. The market’s white-and-red striped canvas stalls can be seen in Kranoldplatz near Hermannstraße Station each Saturday during the summer.
Die Dicke Linda
Kranoldplatz, 12051 Berlin
Open Monday-Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm

The Bowl

The Bowl is a restaurant 100% dedicated to clean eating meaning that every dish is completely gluten-free and vegan.  The restaurant is open all day and offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert menus.  The breakfast menu includes items like smooth bowls while lunch and dinner offer savoury dishes as well. One very popular menu item is the California Bowl that consists of avocado, quinoa, and sweet potato fries and is lightly seasoned with a lemon-sesame dressing. Dessert options include healthy shakes and rich, gooey raw cakes.

If you are looking for organic consumables other than food pop into one of the numerous Bio Company stores across the city that boasts a brilliant bakery, fresh food counters and a huge selection of other organic goodies and cosmetics. It’s easy to live organic in Berlin. The options are plentiful and the people are supportive of a lifestyle that will preserve our earth for many more generations to come.
The Bowl
Warschauer Str. 33, 10243 Berlin
Open Sunday-Saturday, 11 am - 11 pm

By Jane Sandwood

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