Zero-waste grocer Nada opens for business in East Vancouver this week

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      Nada, the locally founded packaging-free grocer formerly known as Zero Waste Market, will open its first brick-and-mortar location in East Vancouver on Wednesday (June 20).

      Situated at 675 East Broadway, the 2,332-square-foot space will carry a variety of regionally sourced produce, deli and frozen items, spices, dry and baked goods, and other foods. There will also be dedicated sections for household-cleaning and personal-care products, and ecofriendly lifestyle tools like stainless-steel straws, bamboo toothbrushes, and beeswax wraps.

      All items will be available in bulk without plastics and packaging. Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable vessels, such as Tupperware, mason jars, and cloth bags, for fills. Alternately, containers may also be purchased or rented onsite.

      Goods are sold according to weight, with the weight of containers automatically being deducted from the total. Operators also work to ensure that the stock is organic, and responsibly produced, delivered, and distributed whenever possible.



      “This store is the result of over two years of learning from our customers,” Brianne Miller, founder and CEO at Nada, said in a media statement. “We know now how enthusiastic Vancouverites are about the zero waste movement and are excited to offer space where it is more accessible and efficient to shop this way, both while reducing waste and supporting a more just food system.”

      Founded in 2015 as Zero Waste Market, Nada began as a monthly pop-up concept that offered a selection of packaging-free goods at various Vancouver locations. The startup secured a permanent brick-and-mortar address in August of 2017, successfully crowdfunding over $50,000 shortly after to help outfit the space with equipment, fixtures, and shelving.

      Nada joins a growing list of zero-waste businesses in Vancouver, such as the Soap Dispensary & Kitchen Staples (3718 Main Street) and Balance Botanicals (4341 Main Street). To celebrate its opening, the store will host a launch week from Wednesday (June 20) to June 26, where shoppers can meet local suppliers and community partners in-store. For details, see the Facebook event page.

      Nada opens at 675 East Broadway on Wednesday (June 20) and will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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