Packaging-free grocer Nada opens in-store zero-waste café

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      Nada, a plastic- and packaging-free grocer in East Vancouver, has opened a zero-waste café.

      Situated within Nada at 675 East Broadway, the eatery will offer coffee from Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters and a range of lunch options, including salads and sweet and savoury toasts. There will also be locally sourced treats and fresh-baked goods from local vendors like The Modern Pantry, The Workshop Vegetarian Cafe, To Die For, and Two Daughters.

      Many items, such as soups, energy balls, juices, and overnight oats, will be crafted in-house using “ugly” or imperfect fruits and vegetables, helping the business to reduce its surplus food.

      “We’ll be freezing anything that’s about to go bad and using them in smoothies,” Brianne Miller, founder and CEO of Nada, told the Straight last year when she revealed plans for the café leading up to Nada’s opening, “so it’s about trying to close that loop of food waste within our own store.”

      Meals and beverages will be served on real plates, mugs, and cutlery. Customers who take their items to go are asked to bring their own reusable cups and containers. Travel mugs will be available for those who forget their own.

      Both the Nada café and the grocery store will open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The ecofriendly business launched as a pop-up entitled Zero Waste Market in 2015 before rebranding last year and opening a permanent brick-and-mortar space this summer.

      Maxine Bulloch
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