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Ottawa's First Zero-Waste Grocery Store Innovates Buying In Bulk

By Tessa Love

Unfortunately, even with the best intentions, grocery stores can be huge waste zones. Between the plastic bags used for produce to the cardboard wrapped around the shelved goods, a large amount of unnecessary packaging is often used to get your food from the store to home. Even organic, local, and sustainably produced products can up their carbon footprint by opting for extra packaging, passing the waste onto well-meaning customers who may see no other options.

Luckily, new solutions are popping up across the world in an effort to reduce the amount waste grocery stores produce. And the latest one just opened its doors in Canada's capital city of Ottawa. 

Called NU Grocery, the store is a zero-waste shop, meaning it creates no packaging waste. The store looks like a giant bulk section, which it essentially is. Rather than having products wrapped in individual packages, everything is held in large bins (with a few exceptions), and patrons scoop their desired amounts into their own containers. The store stocks everything from produce to dairy to baked goods to beauty products.