Target: Brianne Miller and Paula Amiama, co-founders of Zero Waste Market
Goal: Praise the opening of the first plastic-free and packaging-free grocery store in Canada.
Canada’s first packaging-free grocery store is about to open in Vancouver, marking a breakthrough for the reduction of waste in the grocery industry. Zero Waste Market will be completely plastic-free, and customers will be encouraged to bring their own reusable bags or containers when they shop. The environmentally friendly grocery store will offer a range of local, ethically sourced products, and will also provide a selection of “ugly” produce that would normally be wastefully thrown out regardless of age and taste.
Co-founder Brianne Miller is a marine biologist, and this line of work provided her with many opportunities for close observation on climate change and pollution. These studies led her to the realization that she “wanted to do something tangible to help solve that problem,” and she began developing the eco-friendly Zero Waste Market with co-founder Paula Amiama. The store will officially open this autumn, and in the meantime the two founders have been setting up monthly pop-up shops which have been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews.
The local products provided at these pop-up shops include coffee beans, granola, honey, and soap, all of which are offered in bulk; customers are encouraged to stock up using their own reusable containers. The store also works with local farmers and suppliers to sell “ugly” produce such as apples and potatoes that are less aesthetically pleasing than the fruit normally sold in a supermarket, and these suppliers are encouraged to deliver using reusable containers as well.
These methods will dramatically decrease both food waste and plastic pollution, and will begin to create supply and demand for products that would normally never be used. Zero Waste Market aims to make their products accessible and affordable, and to educate consumers on how their choices affect the environment.
This ecofriendly grocery store will make a huge difference in the amount of plastic pollution and food waste in Vancouver, and by showing our support we can encourage similar efforts to be made throughout Canada and internationally. Sign the petition below to applaud co-founders Miller and Amiama for developing Canada’s first zero-waste grocery store and support the opening of Zero Waste Market.
Dear Ms. Miller and Ms. Amiama,
Thanks to your efforts, Canada’s first packaging-free grocery store is about to open in Vancouver. Zero Waste Market will mark a major breakthrough for the reduction of food waste and plastic pollution in the grocery industry. By offering local and ethically sourced products, you will be encouraging thoughtful, environmentally friendly shopping. Furthermore, the inclusion of “ugly” produce from local farmers and suppliers will create a use for perfectly good food that would normally be thrown away.
We, the undersigned, applaud your success in developing this eco-friendly grocery store and wish to offer our support of its opening. We urge you to keep working to reduce food waste and plastic pollution and to continue educating consumers on how their choices affect the environment.
[Your Name Here]
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