Zero Waste Grocery Store

There has been talk of grocery stores not letting food go to waste by being able to donate it to food banks or other food related charities to ensure that it goes to people who need it rather than into the garbage.


But what about a zero waste grocery store? This is an idea that has existed in Europe for some time but now Canada has it’s very first! It’s located on Salt Spring Island, BC, and own and run by Crystal Lehky; who says she came up with the idea after watching a documentary on floating islands of plastic. She thought what if there was no plastic?


photo by Wayne Stadler


So Lehky’s store, the Green grocery store, has no packaging on the items that it sells. You must bring your own boxes, jars, and bags. You can pour your own syrup, honey, vinegar, oil, and also your own shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and laundry detergent. Scoop your own beans, grains, and dried food into containers you bring.


photo by Wayne Stadler


All the products the store sells are Canadian made, which has made it difficult to find some of the items they would like to sell, and they only sell one brand of each product.
Still, supporting Canadian economy, and the environment. It sounds like a good deal!



Story from CBC, photos from Wayne Stadler

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