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Where do you so shop for your zero waste supplies? Here is our guide on where to find zero waste supplies in Canada.

  zero waste mason jars sitting on a kitchen counter

 

Sometimes in our green journey, we have to actually purchase items (like a bamboo toothbrush) which kind of takes away from the concept of reducing waste right? There are places to get zero waste items without spending a fortune and in some cases, you’ll even get it for free! The idea of going zero waste can be challenging for most, especially when you consider some people are actually producing waste that fits in a mason jar. Bea Johnson, the pioneer of the zero waste movement is one example.

Bea Johnson holding a jar filled with trash

Bea Johnson/ Zero Waste Home

This is doable, but it’s not easy and not a good place to start! I don’t recommend even thinking about doing this when you first begin.  

The first step to zero waste begins by making small decisions in one area of your home and going from there.

 For example, you may want to stop using plastic Ziploc bags and opt for reusable alternatives like these and these. Or maybe you want to stop buying paper towels and choose options like these instead. The bottom line though is there are places to get zero waste items without spending a fortune and in some cases, you’ll even get it for free!  

Online In Your Own Neighbourhood  

One of the best places to find everything from Mason jars to reusable bags online is BUNZ, it’s an APP where you can actually swap what you need with people who live your neighbourhood. I just scored a Go Pro Camera!  You can search for items easily.

Here are some of the things I looked for: Mason Jars, great for food storage and bulk shopping.  

a whole bunch of glass jars  

Reusable Bags, perfect for the farmers market, grocery shopping, bulk shopping etc.  

 

a bunch of reusable bags   The

Freecycle Network is made up of 5,000+ groups with over 9 million members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Seach your province, then your city, so easy to use. EBay and other websites like Kijiji are also good places to find second-hand stores.   Vintage/ Second Hand   Stores like Value Village and Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore offers a wide range of items at a fraction of what you would pay in large, trendy retail shops. Find things like cloth napkins, table cloths, glass jars and containers (Value Village), furniture, side tables and even the kitchen sink (ReStore).

 

Neighbourhood Garage Sales

vintage books and picture frames on a table Unsplash/Charisse Kenion

 I simply LOVE a good garage sale and have found many things for my home including Cast iron pots and pans Tea towels and cloth napkins Mason jars Tablecloths Side lamps and much more Related posts: Zero Waste Shopping Guide: Manitoba Zero Waste Shopping Guide: British Columbia Zero Waste Shopping Guide: Alberta Zero Waste Shopping Guide: Ontario  

 

Antique Markets 

My husband and I love driving to antique markets in the summertime. I am not sure what it is, but it’s simply magical to me. I always wonder who owned the item, did they love it, each piece really tells a story! I collect wooden spoons and have found so many of my fav’s here. You can look for everything from cutting boards to art to picture frames, books and so much more.

a man looking done at old books at a fair Unsplash/ Clem Onojeghuo

 

Borrowing it!

In Toronto, there are three places where you can borrow items you simply don’t want to buy but may need. Back in 2016, the ‘Library of Things’ opened in Toronto. Called The Sharing Depot, it’s the first of its kind in Canada. “People should stop buying things they don’t always need,” said co-founder Ryan Dyment, adding the long-term strategy is to partner with manufacturers and make sure products are designed to be durable, reused and shared. “The idea of a circular economy is for more people to lease things rather than own them. That’s the future that I think is practical.”

the outside of Toronto's tool library

The Sharing Depot (Via Facebook)

 You can borrow things like camping gear, toys, sports equipment and a whole lot more, there is a membership fee, but it’s totally worth it.  

DIY! IT! 

 DIY Baking Soda and Castile Soap mixture

When it comes to cleaning products you can always try and DIY, you will save money and have a little fun in the process. We’ve got some great recipes right here on The Hub: DIY All-Purpose Kitchen Scouring Scrub DIY All-Purpose Bathroom Scrub + Cleanser DIY Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer (That Actually Works)   Read more about zero waste trends in Canada here.

Do you have any tips on where to find zero waste supplies in Canada?

We’d love to hear from you.

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Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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