A beginner's guide to zero-waste grocery stores

By Truc Nguyen, CBC News, March 13, 2019

The average Canadian generates roughly 668 kilograms of waste per year, according to recent statistics. These days, many of us are actively working to lower that number by ditching single-use coffee cups for reusable tumblers, packing litterless lunches, bringing cloth bags to the grocery store and forgoing plastic straws altogether.

If you're feeling inspired by the zero-waste movement — championed by Bea Johnson, the bestselling author of Zero Waste Home — and want to drastically lower your individual waste footprint, you may want to re-examine how you shop for groceries and other household items, too.

Beyond farmers markets and traditional bulk food stores, two reliably great destinations for zero-waste enthusiasts, a surprising number of waste-free grocery stores have opened across Canada in the last three years, selling consumables like kombucha, olive oil and tofu without packaging to eco-conscious customers.


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