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Lebanon’s first zero-waste store opens up in Hamra 12/2/2019
(The Daily Star, Lebanon) On a corner in Beirut’s Hamra area sits a tiny treasure trove of local and eco-conscious goods. There, you won’t find a bit of plastic - unless, of course, it has been repurposed.
 
Recycle Lebanon’s Ecosouk, though just 11 square meters, offers a variety of goods, ranging from clothing and jewelry to plants and seeds, all created by Lebanese makers. Perhaps Ecosouk’s biggest allure, however, is their bulk dispensers of all-natural soap, body wash and detergent from Saboun Baladi and Honey and Herb, two local producers.
 
Consumers are encouraged to bring their own containers to prevent the accumulation of plastic packaging, which usually comes with such purchases.
 
Some of the local producers featured at the Ecosouk include Lebanese designer Nour Kays, whose brand, NK, repurposes plastic bags into fashionable and durable handbags, as well as Lebanese brands Alchemy Spell and Precious Moments, which offer naturally made shampoo bars and salves.
 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 08, 2019, on page 3.
 
 
PHOTO: Upcycled accessories are on sale at the Ecosouk shop in Hamra.
CREDIT: The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban.
 
 
 
 
 
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