Toronto Just Got A New Zero Waste Grocer And We Are Really Happy, it means more ways to reduce waste at home and we love that!
Toronto, ON (January 14, 2020) —Since 2018, bare market has been on a mission to help people reduce waste through affordable and locally sourced products that are good for us and good for the planet. On February 1st, bare market will open its first permanent retail location at 1480 Danforth Ave, making it the first one-stop-shop for package-free bulk home and body care products, produce, and grocery goods in Toronto’s east end.
When bare market first launched, they were the only space in Toronto selling exclusively refillable goods across multiple product categories. Their pop-ups across the city—including a bi-monthly residency at Patagonia—were an instant hit. Customers lined up before opening to put their name on a list that would remain 15 people deep right until close. After only 65 pop-up events, bare market helped to divert over 7,300 containers from heading to landfill, and customers were clamouring for more than the pop-up experience could offer.
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Back in stock 🍃 toothpaste in bulk. Available in mint, orange anise and just in… Kids Banana flavour 🍌 . Unlike other low-waste toothpastes, this one is sweet and affordable. Pair it with our other low-waste washroom swaps for a sustainable oral hygiene routine 😁💚 . Available online or save a few bucks and bring your own jar to refill at our upcoming @lesliemarket pop-up this Sunday, August 18th or at @patagoniatoronto next Sunday August 25th!
“Torontonians have said loud and clear that they are looking for more sustainable shopping options in their day-to-day lives. We’re thrilled to see how much the package-free community has grown in Toronto since we started almost two years ago. Opening a permanent space was the next logical step in our mission to make sustainable and ethical living easy and accessible for everyone, everywhere. We want to show people that reducing their waste doesn’t have to be expensive and difficult—it can be easy, accessible and fun!” – Dayna Stein, founder of bare market
In April 2019 bare market launched a crowdfunding campaign for their brick and mortar location, which reached 113% of their goal, raising over $28,000 from over 300 supporters. These funds have assisted in renovating their new 2,800 square foot space sustainably; sourcing used fixtures and refurbished equipment before purchasing new, working withmaterials that are safe for our health and safe to degrade in the environment, and saving deconstructed materials for reuse. Once completed, the space will play host to the usual bulk beauty, body and home care items bare market has become known for, including, but not limited to bulk shampoos and conditioners, custom-made Canadian makeup, laundry detergents, and all-purpose cleaners.
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and we're online! 🎉 4 things to know to shop bare: 1. You'll find all of our low-waste lifestyle essentials, but no bulk products just yet! 2. There is no such thing as free shipping. Instead of inflating the cost of our products to include the cost of shipping and making you think it's "free", we offer $10 flat rate shipping in Canada and free shipping (for you) over $100. When you do the math, that's a great deal! 3. If you're in Toronto and live in an apartment building without a concierge and don't want your package delivered when you're not home, please let us know in the comment box on the payment page. We're NOT using Canada Post for Toronto deliveries so we can't put packages in a locked mailbox. 4. Questions? Please send us an email to email@example.com
The permanent space has allowed further expansion into food, and they will offer fresh produce, baked goods, dry goods, spices, oils, vinegars and more for bulk purchase. They are also working with food producers in the GTA to sell ready-made goods and other package-free food items, like vegan cheeses, potato chips, dips, and dressings. Any surplus produce not purchased by customers will be upcycled into prepared goods in a ‘closed-loop cafe’ system, preventing unnecessary food waste.
The current product list, not including food, can be found here. bare market is not only waste-free, but they are also judgment-free. They understand that when it comes to reducing waste, each person knows what is realistic for them and that every small sustainable effort counts. So there’s no shame in bringing in your empty yogurt container, ziplock bags or even wine bottles—as long as they’re clean, dry and unchipped, you can use them to refill. Customers can also join the bare lending program by using a bare container for a small, 100% refundable deposit.