How much garbage do you think one grocery store produces in a day? Or rather, how much waste do all the grocery stores in Canada produce each day? Answer: a heck of a lot more than you probably want to admit.
One Montreal grocery store, Loco Grocery, is finally doing what every grocery store should have done long ago. It’s producing zero waste. Everything in the store (from organic groceries to locally made cleaning products) is reusable and compostable–it’s practically a paradise for people who care about the environment.
But if you’re the kind of person who likes to get new plastic bags every time you go shopping, you’re out of luck. At Loco, you’re encouraged to bring your own container and bags to put groceries in. You can also rent a jar for a dollar or two if you don’t have one on you. And in the spirit of zero waste, the jars are then returned, sterilized and used again.
“It’s almost all organic or its food from small producers in Quebec that do organic but are not certified yet,” said Andreanne Laurin, a store owner. She goes on to explain how one of the biggest challenges for their business was getting food providers to move away from environmentally-threatening packaging when they delivered products. Alternatively, their store uses a reusable and washable fabric made of hemp and cotton made of beeswax to wrap food in. If that’s not dedication, then we don’t know what is.
Already, the four Montreal students who opened the store are making big waves in the food industry. It’d certainly be great if grocery stores all over Canada started producing zero waste… or at least, less of it. Check out the video above to learn more about Montreal’s very first zero waste grocery store.