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With the rise of the plastic-free movement and zero-waste mentality, most of us have started making an effort to not use as many single-use items. But in a world where plastic packaging and products seem to be everywhere, it can feel like we’re not making any impact at all.
Well, a new type of grocery store has arrived in Vancouver and they’re here to help you make some major environmentally-friendly changes in your everyday life.
Nada is the first of its kind in Vancouver, and is what we’d call a re-imagined supermarket. Here, they’re not just focused on providing responsibly-sourced produce and products (with a transparent supply chain), they are also dedicated to creating as little waste as possible. That’s why all of the food sold at Nada is completely package-free!
Now, that does mean you’re required to bring your own containers to fill up with the goodies you purchase, but they have a super-easy-to-use system nailed down.
You simply weigh your container, fill it with the bulk item you’re after, and weigh it again. If you’re not good at math, fret not — the system calculates the weight of your items and subtracts the weight of your container from your total. And no worries if you’re a bit forgetful, Nada has containers for sale just in case you left yours at home.
Even better — if you’re a regular customer, you can use one of their dishwasher-safe tags that stores the weight of the container used, so the next time you stop in to shop, you won’t have to weigh it again.
Things you can expect to see at Nada include everything you’d find at a “regular” grocery store: grains, seeds, chips, bakery treats, honey, cooking oils, toiletries, cleaning supplies, dairy products and deli items.
But their commitment to less waste doesn’t stop at banning single-use bags and packaging. At Nada, you’re able to buy just the amount you’re after. Instead of buying a whole bunch of herbs (that will likely go bad before you can use them all), you can snip off what you need and leave the rest for the next guy.
Their goal? “Empower[ing] shoppers (like you!) to decrease food waste and unnecessary packaging, making your food experience more enjoyable and less wasteful”. It’s officially time to to turn up your enviro-friendly ways, and Nada is here to make it happen.
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