King Street in Alexandria Welcomes New Zero-Waste Grocer

A transformation is occurring in one of the vacant shops along the vibrant 900 block of King Street. It will be home to Mason & Greens, the region’s first zero-waste dry-goods shop, slated to open this spring. Justin Marino, who owns the shop with his wife, Anna said, “We always knew we wanted to open a business that would help the community and help the environment.”

According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Parents of two and Old Town residents themselves, Marino said his family took a long look at the waste they were generating from week to week and decided they had to change their ways. At first, it started hyper-locally, in their home, but as the Marinos began to inventory the waste in their own household, they found themselves needing supplies to support their new lifestyle. That’s when the trouble began.”

Marino said, “We noticed that there wasn’t anyone around here selling these things. We really wanted to do it for us and for the whole Washington, D.C. area. We’re the first zero-waste shop in the whole D.C. area.”

As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Though small in footprint – the 1880s rowhouse at 913 King Street has about 1,100 square feet in total – the new store will pack a punch. From foods such as pasta, flour, beans, and cereals to soaps and lotions, from safety razors to laundry detergents to children’s toys to candles and garden seeds, Mason & Greens is aiming to fill a gap in the region’s market with its plastic-free, zero-waste, cash-free existence.”

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