Sustainability Staples: Stores
Here at Seeder we believe that making sustainable choices should be easy. As someone who is constantly looking for ways to be more sustainable while being on a student budget I have found some simple everyday swaps that really make a difference. I have also been curating a list of local stores to support that promote more sustainable lifestyles. You can find our tips and hacks on our instagram @seederubc where we also post sustainability FAQ’s, features on local sustainable brands, and updates on our current projects.
To start us off here is a brief list of some of our favourite sustainability stores here in the Lower Mainland. Stay tuned for more updates to the list!
Nada Food- Vancouver, BC
I have been wanting to try Nada Foods for what seems like forever. Unfortunately I live out in White Rock but my friends who live in the city love it. Nada is a package-free grocery store that specializes in locally sourced healthy foods! Their foods have minimal ingredients, a ton of variety and best of all they are affordably priced. You can buy pre-made meals, groceries, and even lifestyle products.
The Soap Dispensary and Kitchen Staples- Vancouver, BC
The Soap Dispensary and Kitchen Staples store is a great place for great deals! They truly are a one stop shop where you can buy your groceries, cleaning products, kitchen utensils, skincare and other hygiene products, and so much more! Currently they are offering online pre-ordering for in-store and curb-side pickup.
The Refill Stop: New Westminster, BC
You don’t have to live in Vancouver to experience low waste living. The Refill Stop as its name implies is a refill store. You can buy your everyday products at competitive prices like shampoo, laundry detergent, surface cleaners and more! They have been open for less than a year and have refilled over 10,000 bottles. All of their products are Canadian made with over 50% that are locally made in BC. Plus it is a woman-owned small business.
Fill Store in Vernon and Kelowna
Over the summer I was fortunate enough to stumble upon the Fill store in Vernon. It is a concept that I have seen on social media but had no idea they had them here in BC! Not only did it feel great to support a local small business, it was also great for my wallet and the environment.
I picked up their Multi-Surface Disinfectant spray that comes in a glass spray bottle container that as you may have guessed can be refilled for even cheaper than the original purchase price. Especially with COVID disinfectant products are a staple and by choosing a spray and not wipes it reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. All I have to do is spray my surfaces down and use a rag to dry them.
I have also always wanted to try beeswax food wraps that are a great alternative to plastic wrap. I picked up a set while I was there and I was not disappointed; I’ve probably used mine over 50 times now! They are super easy to use and all you have to do is rinse them in cold water and dish soap and they are ready to use again!
We would love to hear from you! If you have any recommendations of other sustainable stores, brands, products or restaurants please let us know on instagram @seederubc or firstname.lastname@example.org