Ottawa’s First Zero Waste Grocery Store
Nu Grocery is changing the 613 grocery game. It all started when Valerie, the founder and CEO of Nu Grocery received the book titled Zero Waste Home from her mother for Christmas. If she was looking for a sign, than this must have been it. After reading the entire thing in a single day, Valerie transformed her home into a zero waste space, and it wasn’t long before her idea for a grocery store followed.
The doors at NU first opened in August of last year, but overtime, this space has become more than just a place to shop for your weekly groceries– it has become a platform for others to educate themselves and raise awareness on the waste problem we are currently facing. Canada is one of the top waste producers among developed countries, and with every year that passes, our landfills continue to pile up at exceedingly fast rates.
Shopping the NU way means shopping waste-free. All products are available in either bulk or in glass jars. Buying in bulk at NU is simple: just bring a clean container from home, weight it, label it, and then fill it with the produce of your choice! If you ever find yourself at NU unprepared, no need to worry, they got your back– small paper bags are available for dry products, and glass jars are available to borrow.
Valerie and her team carefully select every product available at NU, ensuring that products are all natural, with no additives, colours or artificial flavouring. Majority of their products also come from local suppliers, so you’ll be helping the local economy while you also help the environment. It’s a win-win, if you ask me.
Adapting a waste-free lifestyle goes beyond just grocery shopping, which is exactly why Valerie launched NU online. The online store offers a selection of over 40 kitchen, storage, cleaning, beauty and other home products that make living zero-waste convenient and easy. These products are a collection of Valerie’s personal favourite zero-waste items, much of which she herself uses every single day. She even includes her own opinion of every product, along with tips for using them, so you will never find yourself second-guessing your online purchase.
Take your first step toward living a waste-free lifestyle by visiting NU Grocery Store in person or online right here.
Cover Photo by Erik Stolpmann
By Julia Solimine