Zero Waste Couple Multiplies Their Impact with an Amazing Package-Free Store!

Paula and Nairn started their zero waste journey 5 years ago after watching the ‘Trashed’ documentary. They immediately started reducing their waste by swapping items like plastic toothbrushes for bamboo ones. They admit that it can be challenging, especially with kids and pets, but they’re determined to continue reducing their waste and making it easier for others to do the same. They started off by sharing resources online, progressed to selling zero waste items at local markets, and finally opened a brick-and-mortar zero waste store in Victoria, BC nearly 3 years ago.

Wanting to make zero waste options more accessible to people, Paula and Nairn price check their products to match the mainstream grocery store prices so that buying package-free food isn’t more expensive. They also have a ‘take a jar leave a jar’ system that makes it easier for people to show up at the store unprepared and still get everything they need. To make it happen, they accept recycling from customers, clean and sanitize it, and then make these containers available for free to any customer who walks in the door.

We love that their work isn’t only on the consumer side of things. They couple has spent a lot of time creating a circular economy with their local suppliers to reuse buckets, jugs, and other containers so that they’re reducing waste all the way through the supply chain.

You can follow and find out more about the Zero Waste Emporium in Victoria BC here:

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle




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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.

Editing Credits:
Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives

Filming Credits:
Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives

Photo Credits:
Additional photos of the zero waste booth and products provided by Paula and Nairn from Zero Waste Emporium

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33 Replies to “Zero Waste Couple Multiplies Their Impact with an Amazing Package-Free Store!”

  1. xing live

    The average enemy significantly unpack because beech regrettably interrupt towards a rotten clutch. deadpan, funny magic

  2. Carolyn Janisé

    Interesting, Back slaves were pioneers and trailblazers of this movement, but it was recognized as being "poor" back then, but we see that is the furthest thing from the truth….

  3. Idk y I’m here

    We all really need to look at how people lived before plastic and “disposable-culture” and find solutions

  4. julie shelley

    Luv what you are doing. Recycling is not a huge priority for most folks in the US, so sad. It has been said, we have 9 years to clean it up…No stores should offer plastic bags.

  5. Tin Nguyen

    I really appreciate their view of a greener life style. Especially when they point out that not everything they do is green and don't hide. Hopefully companies start listening to individuals and communities about this topic .

  6. Atara Rose Greenfield

    love the idea!!! great job! but the industry that pollutes the planet the most is the meat and dairy one. so this is hypocritical to have a store that is out to protect the planet, but sells animal products…

  7. Ying Yap DeFabio

    i love this idea. unfortunately the one in Singapore is located in fancy mall. and the price is like many many times compare to grocery store. not many people can afford that. i always wonder why no packaging still cost so much ….

  8. pamic

    wonderful. I thank you for your commitment and leadership. How ridiculous that there are 150 'thumbs down' for this video! must be some pretty weird people out there….. 😏

  9. Daeny Dovahsdottir

    I'm new to embracing zero waste and minimalist living. So this video with a generous, welcoming message of, "Do what you can with where you're at." Is soooo welcome! 💚

  10. Holly Schofield

    WoW…. so inspiring. Well done, what a great contribution to make in life. I love the style of your store, the efficiency, it 'feels' really clean (?!) such a range of goodies, really clever, really well thought out. Heartfelt congratulations and thank you for all your care and example, love Holly x

  11. M Hassan Pasha

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  12. M Hassan Pasha

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  13. BluberryGirl723

    I love this. I wish there were shops like this where I live. I’m glad to see there are people motivated to make an actual difference for the betterment of our environment and our own lives.

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