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SSMU Environment Committee and ECOLE’s Zero-Waste Resource List
October 17, 2018
One of the best ways to go zero-waste is to steer yourself away from products with excessive packaging. There are many ways to start!
1. Bring your own reusable bags when you go to the grocery store;
2. Purchase produce with minimal packaging;
3. For dry goods, try purchasing items in bulk and bringing your own recyclable containers;
4. Prep and pack your own meals when possible!
Here are some destinations close to McGill where you can go to facilitate your zero-waste journey.
1. Frenco’s: https://goo.gl/maps/CFCW2FsqZZR2
Frenco’s is on St. Laurent beside the Segal’s grocery store. You bring your own containers or jars (these can be tupperwares, old spaghetti sauce jars, jam jars, the list goes on!). The staff will weigh and mark the weight on the container, then you fill the containers and bring them back to the cash. They have shampoos, soaps, dry goods (beans, nuts, etc.), cereals, dried fruits, and even free-range and local eggs (bring your own egg carton to get a dozen for 3.99). Other great deals include peanut butter and other heavier items -- lighter items tend to cost more per gram than other places.
2. Bulk barn: https://goo.gl/maps/CkNM6tWJyi72
This Bulk Barn is located near Guy Concordia, on St. Catherine St. They work the same way as Frenco’s: You bring your own containers/jars, the staff will weigh and mark the weight on the container, then you fill the containers and bring them back to the cash. Bulk Barn has a wide variety of dry good (beans, nuts, baking ingredients), teas, coffees, candy, and even some cleaning and personal hygiene products!
3. Nous Rire: https://goo.gl/maps/21TQYSKbq382
Nous Rire is a volunteer-run, at-cost bulk distributor. You place your order online and they open their store on very select days -- this requires a bit of pre-planning. However, they will have some of the best prices (if not the best) prices for bulk buying.
4. Marché Lobo: https://goo.gl/maps/pSQHM4Z5ttE2
This is a great destination for affordable and minimally-packaged produce.
5. Jean Talon market: https://goo.gl/maps/P5EUB3YSbTy
The market is a wonderful place to take a stroll among the stands and admire the variety of Quebec-grown products. This is a perfect place to find local and packaging-free produce, but remember to bring your bags or refuse bags if certain vendors offer them! In-season fruits and vegetables are the best deal in town here! Make sure to check out the locally-grown mushrooms!
6. Vrac en Folie: https://goo.gl/maps/4D5U4EsX4UQ2
Right near Jean-Talon market, you’ll find a delightful bulk food store filled with dried goods with everything from spices and seasonings to teas and candies.
This grocery store is a Montreal classic. Open since 1927, it’s been a destination for generations of student budgets. There are a few good options for bulk dry goods, and the dirt-cheap prices will keep you coming back.
8. Coop la Maison Verte: https://goo.gl/maps/v8hpU5rmfpx
A great little co-op in NDG offering a variety of household cleaning and personal care products.
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