It’s no secret to any of us that single-use plastics and other wasteful packaging are no good. But it sometimes feels unavoidable, especially in typical grocery stores, where even the cucumbers are sealed in plastic wrap. So if you’re on the lookout for a waste-free grocery store, Ottawa has you covered. 

Nu Grocery's Ottawa locations make being environmentally conscious easier than ever before.

From laundry soap to fresh produce and even refillable kombucha, you can find all of your daily grocery essentials here without the unnecessary plastic packaging. 

All of the products are sold either in bulk or in reusable glass containers.

For the bulk items, it works just like Bulk Barn where you weigh your container and then fill it up with food. 

This process not only cuts down on waste from packaging but food waste as well, as you’ll only buy what you need. 

Of course, if you don’t have suitable containers of your own, you can find plenty of options in-store.

There's everything from free compostable paper bags to reusable jars, bottles, and cotton bags that are for sale. 

When the store originally opened they offered 350 products. Now there are over 700 different items for you to choose from.

Nu Grocery has had so much success in Ottawa that they recently opened a second location this fall on Main Street.

According to the store's website, Valerie Leloup, founder and CEO of Nu grocery says she was inspired to embark on a waste-free journey after reading Bea Johnson's book Zero Waste Home.

If you don't live in Ottawa or can't make it to Nu Grocery, they also have an online shop where you can find tons of items that will help you shop waste-free (as much as possible) at other grocery stores as well.

Nu Grocery

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Address: 1130 Wellington W, Ottawa, ON & 143 Main St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can get all of your grocery essentials while doing something nice for the planet at the same time.


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