Of all the waste created by households in British Columbia, approximately 20% comes from packaging.
It should come as no surprise then that in the recently growing trend among Canadians to reduce their household waste food packaging is a major target.
Over the course of the past year zero waste grocery stores have begun popping up across Canada, much to the delight of eco-conscious consumers.
The first of these stores, Green, located on BC’s Salt Spring Island, opened in June of 2016. The store carries solely packaging-free Canadian products and customers are required to bring in their own reusable containers and bags to take home goods.
Green has a large selection that includes produce, bread, dairy products, a bulk section for dry goods as well as a section for liquids, such as honey and vinegars, which are dispensed from taps.
Not long after Green opened its doors, two more stores – Epicerie LOCO and Mega Vrac – opened across the country in Montreal with concepts similar to that of Green.
And it’s not just new businesses embracing the zero waste movement. In celebration of Earth Day, Bulk Barn launched a Reusable Container Program in stores across Canada, meaning that patrons are now able bring in and fill reusable containers.
Several more zero waste grocery stores are expected to open up in 2017. Ottawa’s Nu Grocery plans to be open for business this July and Vancouver’s Zero Waste Market is currently on the hunt for a bricks and mortar location with plans to open this year.
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