Vancouver's Zero Waste Market rebrands as Nada, prepares launch of first brick-and-mortar store

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      Zero Waste Market, a local plastic- and packaging-free grocery pop-up, has unveiled a new name and look.

      Now known as Nada, the environmentally conscious startup is preparing to launch its long awaited brick-and-mortar store. Founded by Vancouver-based marine biologist Brianne Miller, it’s been operating pop-up shops at Kitsilano’s Patagonia (1994 West 4th Avenue) and at various green-oriented events around town since 2015.

      The company carries regionally sourced food and household items, including coffee beans, soap, dry goods, and “ugly produce”, in bulk. This eliminates the need for unnecessary waste, helping to divert plastic and packaging from landfills and oceans.

      “Over the past two years, we have brought you package-free foods, zero waste starter items, and local, organic produce in an effort to strengthen and support our food system,” the Nada team stated in a e-blast sent out this morning (June 13). “But most importantly, we have witnessed an incredible community of folks coming together to support us along each step of the way. We seem to have filled a gap that we had only hoped existed and are so excited to see a growing interest in waste-free living.

      Nada offers organic, sustainable, and ethically sourced food and home products in bulk.
      Amanda Palmer

      “At Nada, our vision is an unpackaged future: a lighter world that values a food system free of excess and waste to support the health of both people and planet,” they continued. “We are on a mission to cultivate a better world by inspiring people to change the way they shop for groceries.”

      Nada is expected to announce the location of its first permanent store in the next few weeks. In April, the startup revealed that it was negotiating a lease for a commercial retail space in a City of Vancouver–owned building. The group successfully collected nearly 20,000 signatures in a petition urging the city’s real-estate department to support the business.

      The brick-and-mortar store was originally scheduled to open last fall, though it's likely been held up due to issues related to securing an appropriate retail storefront. Once it opens, it will join other zero-waste grocers in Canada such as Salt Spring Island's Green Zero Waste Grocery and Montreal's Méga Vrac and Épicerie Loco. Vancouver's the Soap Dispensary (3718 Main Street), meanwhile, is in the process of expanding its Riley Park space to include a larger selection of bulk foods.

      Until then, Nada will continue conducting its pop-up markets around the city. Vancouverites can next shop the eco-minded store at the Main Street Car Free Day Festival this Sunday (June 18). (Look for the Nada booth on Main Street’s 3700 block.) The market will also return to Patagonia Vancouver on June 30.

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