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Jeonju-style Zero Waste Store: Puldongne, Jebi Mart, Neulmigok

Eco-Friendly Travel in Jeonju

Zero Waste Store


With the increase in abnormal climate events worldwide, Zero Waste is emerging as a key term for a better future.

Zero Waste is a movement aimed at protecting the environment and adopting a sustainable lifestyle. Its goal is to minimize waste and maximize recycling, reducing the impact on the Earth’s environment.

Today, we are planning to explore the world of Zero Waste found in a small neighborhood in Jeonju. This trip will improve our understanding of Zero Waste and help us find ways to live sustainably.


| Puldongne

“I Am Green Cafe, filled with eco-friendly materials”

Our first visit is to the Zero Waste-focused cafe ‘Puldongne,’ officially named Puldongne Coffee Lab. This cafe is known for its coffee roasting and offers professional SCA and IBS Italian barista training.

The cafe has four grinders, ensuring a variety of fresh coffee flavors as it frequently changes its coffee beans.

Designed mainly for takeout, the cafe has limited seating available inside and outside, accommodating only a few groups.

They also sell drip bags in natural straw containers, a mix of simplicity and style. These packages use leftover straw from harvests, saving forests and demonstrating eco-friendly packaging.

Staying true to its Zero Waste principles, the store uses straws and paper cups made from sugarcane, with a PLA coating inside for biodegradability. They use only eco-friendly products, from cups to holders. Also, the store gives a 500 KRW discount to customers who bring their own tumblers.

This is a certificate demonstrating the I Am Greener Green Café’s commitment to using biodegradable materials, showcasing their dedication to Zero Waste. It’s worth visiting Puldongne to enjoy the deep aroma of coffee and experience a Zero Waste cafe.


| Jebi Mart

Jebi Mart is one of the unique stores in Seohak-dong Art Village, a center for handmade workshops in Jeonju.

Jebi Mart sells a range of Zero Waste vegan materials.

The most noticeable feature is the bulk corner. They sell various ingredients like spices, tea, and grains in bulk, allowing customers to buy just what they need, thus reducing waste.

They recommend using multi-use containers here, offering a 5% discount for customers who bring their own.

The store sells a range of eco-friendly products and motivates customers to opt for reusable items over disposable ones.

Jebi Mart is an excellent choice for those who want to choose environmentally less harmful products, providing a good starting point for practicing Zero Waste.


| Neulmigok

“Jeonju’s First Zero Waste Store”

Neulmigok is Jeonju’s first Zero Waste shop, where you can buy fresh, affordable domestic grains directly, without the usual distribution process. The shop also allows you to purchase fresh produce without any packaging.

When you enter the store, you’ll immediately notice a display with scales and containers. You can fill your own containers with as much grain as you need. It might seem a bit inconvenient at first, but it’s a great way to start practicing Zero Waste.

Consumers can purchase as many small portions as they want, so single-person households often use it.

Besides fresh produce, Neulmigok also sells a variety of eco-friendly products. Items like bamboo toothbrushes, reusable tumblers, and cotton towels, which can replace paper towels, are available, making it easier to adopt Zero Waste practices in daily life.

Neulmigok aims to promote a culture of consumption that aligns with nature, giving consumers opportunities to make sustainable choices.


| Tips for Practicing Zero Waste

● Use Reusable Containers

Try to minimize the use of single-use plastics and actively use reusable containers.

● Select Eco-Friendly Products

Attempt to choose eco-friendly products for everything from household items to food, to help develop sustainable consumption habits.

Zero Waste might involve some inconvenience, but it’s important for the health of our planet. Even small changes can have a big impact. Starting a journey to discover the appeal of Zero Waste and pursue a sustainable lifestyle could be a valuable experience.

Your Zero Waste journey can start with a visit to a Zero Waste shop. There, you can understand the importance of environmental protection, gather different ideas, and share a sustainable lifestyle with others. I fully support your new start in the world of Zero Waste!




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