Oslo, Norway · Oslo, Norway
Commerce and Shopping · DeepTech · Sustainability · Transportation
GRIN was founded in Oslo in 2018 based on the idea that there must be a more sustainable alternative to single-use shopping bags in the retail sector. Several concepts of a complete system for a reusable shopping bag were tested with local partners in Oslo. To solve different challenges with the reusable bag system, new technical solutions had to be developed. One challenge was to make it easy and convenient for the end users to return the bag after use, while at the same time not putting an extra burden of work on retail staff. GRINs first smart collection system was born; a collection box equipped with sensors combined with a QR based application system that allowed end users to return a used bag twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It allowed us to verify which item had been returned, when and where it had been returned, and by whom. Whereafter we could safely pay back the deposit. All without incurring any extra work for the retailers providing the reusable bag to their customers.Something looks off?