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New In Town: Nada Grocery Vancouver’s First Zero Waste Grocery Store Is Now Open

4 Jul

IMG_2596 (2)We recently stopped in to check out the new Nada Grocery located at 675 East Broadway at Fraser Street. This is a bright open space that’s still getting stocked up, but they are up and running and although a new store, the creators have been running pop up stores around town for some time garnering support and testing their vision.

The store is well laid out and you won’t find plastic, unless you bring it to re-use which is encouraged. So you can bring your own containers or bags to use or re-use, but if you forget and want to pop in, they have a chest full of free containers such as empty yogurt tubs available for you to use.  As well, you can find new jars available for purchase as well as cloth bags, all which of course you can re-use on future visits and just refill which of course is the aim of the store.

There are, as you might expect lots of items available to buy bulk including teas, spices, herbs, crackers, candies, rice, legumes to name a few items.  There is also lots of fresh produce and bread on hand as well as eggs. Everything is well marked, but staff are always around to assist and answer any questions. They have some favourite local producers already on the shelf including Avalon Dairy and Earnest Ice Cream. The deli section is in the process of getting set up, so more additions are coming. There are of course personal hygiene items such as soaps, bulk cleaning liquids for the home. If you are on the hunt for stainless steel straws, they have a stash on hand as well as the cleaners for them. Nada Grocery has a great tap and weigh and tap and pay systems set up for returning customers. Ask in store for them to give you the rundown, or visit How It Works on their website.

As one that recently cut back on the use of soft plastics and diligently recycled what packaging collected over the course of one month, you’d be surprised how much you can accumulate. We certainly were. That’s one household, so if take even 100 people doing the same thing, it’s a big impact on our local environment.  So we are 100% behind this concept store and encourage everyone to stop by and check it out and support this space.

 

Vancouver’s Zero Waste Centre = No Excuses

10 Apr

ZeroWasteWe recently stopped by Vancouver’s new Zero Waste Centre located in SE Vancouver at 8588 Yukon Street just off Marine Drive near Cambie. This facility takes a long list of recyclable items for free. It’s well organized with lots of signage as well as attendants to point you in the right direction or answer any questions. We had been carrying around some used LED light bulbs we had hoped to recycle, which it turned out the Zero Waste Centre did not take, but with lightening speed the attendant pulled out a piece of paper from his pocket with a map and address of the South Van Bottle Depot two blocks over which did take the bulbs. So if the Zero Waste Centre doesn’t take something, we’d venture a guess they would be able to tell you who would take it.  Generally speaking it’s handy to have a vehicle to attend at this location if you have a number of larger items, but if you have a few small items that you can carry, this location is not far from the Cambie and Marine Skytrain Station and bus loop. As big fans of recycling and repurposing, we are pleased to see this new addition to the City’s Waste Management Services. Check out below the long list of items, they do take at the Zero Waste facility:

Materials accepted for free recycling

​Bicycles and accessories
​Books
​Cardboard (flattened)
Cell phones
​Clothing and textiles
​Cooking oil (maximum 10L per day per resident)
​Electronics
​Fire extinguishers (maximum 2 per day per resident)
​Foam packaging (no foam peanuts)
​Glass bottles and jars
Household batteries
​Large appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, maximum 3)
​Lead acid car and truck batteries
​Metal containers (cans, tins, foil, empty aerosol cans excluding spray paint cans)
​Paper containers (tetra-packs, coffee cups)
​Plastic bags and overwrap (not Ziploc bags though)
​Plastic containers (jars, jugs, bottles)
​Power tools
​Printed paper and paper packaging (newspaper, magazines, catalogues, writing paper, paper bags)
​Propane tanks (maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable)
​Scrap metal
​Small appliances
​Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
​Thermostats

There are a number of items that are NOT accepted which include:

Antifreeze and empty antifreeze containers
Broken televisions and computer monitors
Flammable liquids
Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
Medications
Paint and empty paint cans
Pesticides
Tires
Used oil, oil filters, and empty oil containers

If you wish to know what to do with the items, they don’t accept, check out the City’s Waste Wizard.

New In Town: Lupii Café – Vancouver’s First Zero Waste Café

10 Aug

lupii_logoWe would like to introduce to Vancouver’s first zero waste café, Lupii Café. Lupii Café is located at 7743 Champlain Crescent in Champlain Heights. This husband and wife team have assumed the location of the former Champlain Video a long standing part of the community in Champlain Heights. This is a very unique space and is set up to be a community gathering space on many levels from the long table in the back of the café for a bit of privacy to the comfy chairs when you first walk in next to a small library and kids toys. The owners of Lupii Cafe feel strongly in supporting community which is evidenced by their passion for local. Their coffee comes from East Van Roasters, produce from local farms including Hop On Farms down the road on Marine Way in Burnaby and Krause Berry Farms in Langley. Everything is from within British Columbia. It should come as no surprise then, that they are big supporters of ‘ugly fruit’ especially when it comes to making smoothies. If you haven’t heard about ‘ugly fruit’, it is an idea that started in France in which ugly and disfigured fruit is sold at a reduced price to help reduce food waste. Their passion for local includes supporting local artisans. You will find a small display area that features some locally made items such as Raw Soap & Skincare, Basic Design, Wood Shop Products and the beautiful art work on display.

Lupii Café strives to be a zero waste café which certainly has had its challenges for the owners, but they seem to take each one on and find a creative solution.  Everything in this café has been recycled, upcycled and reused.  On walking in the cafe, we noticed some tables that had a very unique design, but that looked familiar. We learnt it was flooring from a basketball court that had been flooded out at Stratford Hall off of Commercial Drive and had to be removed. When you walk up to the counter for your coffee or smoothie, you will see many pieces from the display of the former Champlain Video. If you are looking for items to go such as a coffee, smoothie or salad, there are no take out containers. What you can do is put down a $2.00 deposit on a mason jar and bring it back to get your $2.00, or you can reuse it.

The food offerings at Lupii Café are vegetarian with gluten-free and vegan options. They also have a regular supply of sweets on hand which change depending on what is in season. Plum squares were on offer when we stopped in, but we hear their Whoppie Pies are pretty popular as is their cheesecake. They also offer salads and wraps. When you pay for your purchase, you will notice there is a tip jar. Take note though, Lupii Café owners are proponents of the living wage so instead the tip jar is used for community events. Lupii Café is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm save for a stretch from August 20th to September 1st when they are doing Holiday Hours from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. We invite you to stop by and check out this unique community space.

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TrashTalk: Wanted Recycling Enthusiasts in Condos and Apartments

9 Jul

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Lets talk trash.  Come 2015, all organic material in the Lower Mainland must be diverted from the landfill. What are you doing to plan for that eventuality if you live in an apartment or a condominium?  Over the past year, the City of Vancouver has expanded its food scraps recycling program to more than 100,000 single-family homes and duplexes.   But there is no program for apartment dwellers.   So what can you do today if you are in an apartment or condo?  Well now there is TrashTalk.

What is it? The project is a partnership between Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood HouseGordon Neighbourhood House and the Recycling Council of British Columbia, and is funded by the Greenest City FundVancity and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. It is looking for recycling champions in condos and apartments to create food scrap programs and educate their fellow residents and neighbours.   Why should you participate in TrashTalk?

  • it’s free
  • receive expert assistance to plan and implement food scraps recycling in your residence while engaging your neighbours
  • receive financial assistance
  • connect with and learn from other recycling champs
  • be prepared for the Metro Vancouver ban when it arrives
  • help the City of Vancouver achieve its Zero Waste goals

The deadline to apply for this project is July 15th To find out how to apply or for more information, visit Vancouver TrashTalk or contact Murray Mollard, Project Director E:  trashtalk@telus.net  or T: 604-767-7421.

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