Unboxed Market: Toronto Opens Zero Waste Store

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Plastic bags? No thanks. Tupperware and glass mugs and containers? Count us in!

Toronto just opened up its very first zero-waste store, and I’m all about it. I’ve been keeping up with the zero-waste trend since it started making its way around Toronto. I knew it was only a matter of time until a zero-waste store would open up in the city…and I guess 2019 was the year that it would happen. Unboxed Market has officially opened.

Unboxed Market, located at Dundas and Dovercourt just recently opened its doors to Torontonians to take part in a new zero-waste initiative. The store’s main mission is to minimize plastic waste and also promote Ontario products.

Customers are able to shop for produce, meats, dairy, ready-to-eat meals and even products such as soap, shampoo and conditioner. Some locally sourced products include bulk olive oil from Montreal, a range of artisanal breads from Prairie Boy and Venezia, and meat from farms in Perth and Ancaster.

Ideally, Unboxed Market asks that anyone visiting their store bring their own containers as they can be weighed before they are filled. However, if you do go in for a visit and forget to bring your containers, don’t fret as the store has plenty of options on how you can get your goods home. They offer biodegradable paper packaging in addition to cotton bags and reusable bags that are available for purchase. Customers can even borrow containers from the store for a small deposit fee as long as they return them fully cleaned.

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Written by Neha Lobana

Neha Lobana is a freelance writer and former journalist in Toronto who recently made the switch to pursue a career in corporate affairs and communications. During her spare time you can find her reading, hiking or exploring new places.

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