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HERBIE UNVERPACKT: PLASTIC-FREE BOUTIQUE FOR FRESH GROCERIES AND PANTRY SUPPLIES BY THE LANDWEHRKANAL

HERBIE UNVERPACKT: PLASTIC-FREE BOUTIQUE FOR FRESH GROCERIES AND PANTRY SUPPLIES BY THE LANDWEHRKANAL

Having grown up in a zero waste community in Sicily, it’s hardly surprising that Carmela La Spina wanted to bring a piece of that culture to Berlin. And so after a 2020 crowdfunding campaign, Carmela and Martin Hofmann opened packaging-free Herbie Unverpackttogether in the autumn. Their goal? To make no-plastic groceries available to as many Berliners as possible and establish a zero waste community of exchange and support. Located between Neukölln and Treptow, this charming boutique offers organic basics including rescued fruit and vegetables from Querfeld (simply pre-order online and pick up in-store), nuts and pasta from the dispenser, baked goods from Albatross and natural cosmetics. Also available are nappies and hygiene products from Imse Vimse that feature reusable textiles. The store has both essentials and specialities, and if you have left your jars and bags at home the team will gladly lend or sell you one. The motto here is “packaging-free with love” and we are really feeling it.

Text: Sophie Döring / Photos: Stefany de Beur

Herbie Unverpackt, Elbestr.19, 12045 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Mon–Fri 12–19h, Sat 12–17h

The shop is classed as a supermarket and thus open as normal. Extensive measures are in place for safe shopping.

@herbieunverpackt

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KNIT KNIT: WOOL AND KNITTING SETS FOR DESIGN-SAVVY WEAVERS — FOR DELIVERY AND PICK-UP

KNIT KNIT: WOOL AND KNITTING SETS FOR DESIGN-SAVVY WEAVERS — FOR DELIVERY AND PICK-UP

Are you still missing something woolly to keep you warm this winter? How about a knitting project of your own! Knitting shop Knit Knit has special kits with all you need to get busy with wool, whether it’s a yak yarn scarf with a ribbed pattern, a fluffy cardigan made of silk mohair or a fluffy hat coarsely knitted with the brand’s water-repellent Woohoo wool. The Mitte shop was founded in 2012 by project manager Lisa Benischek and artist Belinda Sykora, two friends passionate about knitting, and offers a diverse range of knitting sets for beginners and pros alike. The packages come complete with wool, knitting instructions and a practical storage bag, with the knitting patterns by Danish designer Mette from PetiteKnit a particular highlight. If you already have yarn in your favourite color at home you can also buy patterns for everything from scarfs and pullovers to baby clothes and cardigans. And if you need inspiration for your next knitting project, check out Instagram for some great creative examples. Say it together: wool is cool.

Text: Nicole Meckel / Photos: Birgit Kaulfuss

Knit Knit, Linienstr.154, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map
You can order for delivery or pick-up via email, phone or Whatsapp (030 98366430)
Pick-up: Tue–Sat 15–17h

@knitknitberlin

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ROOTS RADICALS: DELIVERING HANDMADE FERMENTS, CONSERVES AND SAUCES WITH A ZERO-WASTE ETHOS

ROOTS RADICALS: DELIVERING HANDMADE FERMENTS, CONSERVES AND SAUCES WITH A ZERO-WASTE ETHOS

Pickling and fermenting are all the rage at the moment, and for good reason: chutneys, conserves and vinegars are the perfect shortcut to flavor for all kinds of meals. And when it comes to preserving prowess, Berlin-based Roots Radicals are taking things to the next level with their handcrafted regional ferments. Founded in late 2019 by Peruvian-born scientist, chef and artist Monica Kisic, the project is unique in putting a commitment to zero waste at the forefront. For Monica, this means more than just cutting food waste: her preserves are actually created from “up-cycled” produce which would otherwise be thrown away. But the most impressive part is the diversity and quality of the food that results, with everything from relishes and chutneys to kimchi, spices and salsas. Take Monica’s organic ketchup, for instance, which is made from 82 percent “rescued” ingredients and bottled during peak tomato season for maximum flavor and minimum environmental impact. The range is as well suited for day-to-day cooking (rescued vegetable bouillon for vibrant soups) as for special occasions (luxurious steamed strawberries for an indulgent champagne accompaniment) and most of the products will last for months in your larder. A delivery of these fermented goodies is just the thing to breathe new life into your lockdown home cooking while helping tackle food waste.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Savannah van der Niet, Becca Crawford, Carina Dewhurst & Michael Sieber

Roots Radicals ferments can be ordered online, with deliveries typically on Friday, 11–17h. Delivery areas are Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Schöneberg. Minimum order €20. Select products are also available on Up and Coming.

@rootsradicals.berlin

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SOFI: MITTE BAKERY MAKING ARTISAN SOURDOUGH BREADS AND SWEET TREATS FROM ANCIENT GRAINS

SOFI: MITTE BAKERY MAKING ARTISAN SOURDOUGH BREADS AND SWEET TREATS FROM ANCIENT GRAINS

The recipe at Sofi is simple: bringing together good things. Since opening at the end of 2020, the Sophienstraße bakery has assembled a team of keen bakers who take ancient grain varieties and combine them with a progressive approach to bread making. Part of a Berlin project called Slow whose aim is to reimagine hospitality, Danish Chef Frederik Bille Brahe (from Copenhagen’s Atelier September and Apollo Bar), bakery manager Sören Zuppke and baker Marisa Williams (Tartine in San Francisco) have arrived at a low-intervention baking method that reintroduces grains like “Waldstaude” rye and emmer wheat – varieties whose histories date back to 17,000 BC. The resulting menu includes a house sourdough, Danish rye loaves, tasty focaccia and double–baked croissants with almonds and blackberries. You can pick up these treats along with a Populus Nordic-style filter coffee from the Mitte shop, whose Danish-inspired interior blends the contemporary with the historic in the same way the baking does. For now the space is takeaway-only, but someday soon Berlin’s bread lovers will be able to enjoy Sofi’s memorable bakes on the spot. We can’t wait! (Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Sophie Döring)

Sofi, Sophienstr.21, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Wed–Fri 7h30–18h30, Sat & Sun 8h30–17h30 (Open daily from 18.01.2021)

@sofithebakery

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BERLINER ZAUBERKRAUT — SUSTAINABLE PLANT-BASED PRODUCTS FOR GREEN HOME CLEANING

BERLINER ZAUBERKRAUT — SUSTAINABLE PLANT-BASED PRODUCTS FOR GREEN HOME CLEANING

While cleaning might not be one of your favorite chores, having the right soaps and detergents can really help get things spick and span – something more important now than ever. For keeping things both clean and green, the products from Berliner Zauberkraft are just the answer. Founder Julia Hammond has made it her mission to offer natural, nice-smelling and – crucially – powerful alternatives to conventional cleaning products. A trained designer, Julia is the founder of the Daheim Manufaktur kitchen and event space, and it was there that she began experimenting with vinegar for cleaning. Impressed with her self-fermented vinegar made from organic Brandenburg apples and fruit peel, Julia used it to create her multi-use cleaner, which also contains essential oils and extracts from local “witches” herbs like yarrow, nettle and lime blossom. 

Their addition is inspired by medicinal plants which for centuries are thought to have magical powers. In addition to vinegar cleaner, the range also includes plant-derived dish soap and powder, while all the packaging is plastic-free, refillable and an eye-catching addition to any kitchen or bathroom shelf. Getting your home gleaming without the harsh chemicals – all it takes is a little witchcraft. (Text: Nicole Meckel / Photos: Berliner Zauberkraut & Savannah van der Niet)

Berliner Zauberkraut products can be purchased online, via Up and Coming and (Corona-permitting) at pop-up shop Hexenküche.

@das_zauberkraut

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