Vancouver’s Zero Waste Market

Zero Waste Market

Here’s a new business that I’m really excited about – Vancouver’s Zero Waste Market. The idea is a grocery store that completely avoids packaging. You have to bring your own containers and fill them from their bulk bins.

They don’t have a store front yet (they said they’re considering locations in Kitsilano, Olympic Village, and Main). In the meantime, they’ve been operating monthly pop-up shops in the Patagonia store on 4th Avenue and advertising on itย Facebook.

I didn’t know what to expect, so I grabbed a bunch of empty jars from our cupboards and a few cloth bags.
Empty Jars

I was able to fill them with quinoa, dried mango, dried pineapple, walnuts, chocolate, cranberries, hemp seeds, mushrooms, and a red onion.
Zero Waste Market Purchases

Most of the waste we generate at home is food packaging. If we were able to eliminate that, we would be close to a zero-waste family.


  1. Hi there! Greetings from new readers. Recently, at Talkin’ Trash (a Vancouver Co-Op Radio Show about garbage) we interviewed Brianne Miller from the Zero Waste Market. I couldn’t find good photos of my own or on the internet to illustrate the episode on our website, so we took the liberty to borrow one of your images from this post. We credit your blog in the description, and hope you are ok with it, but please let us know if you aren’t and if you’d like us to take it down or change the credits. We’d do that right away. Thanks!


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