March 23, 2016 8:40 am

Pop-up Kitsilano market contains no packaged products

File photo of a reusable shopping bag

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At a pop-up market in Kitsilano on Tuesday, customers were invited to shop without leaving a carbon footprint.

The market allowed people to bring their own bags, containers and jars and load them up with bulk food items.

The concept started as a series of pop-up stores last fall and the owners say the response to what they believe is Canada’s first ‘zero waste market’ has been overwhelming.

“I work as a marine biologist, which is why I got into this,” said Brianne Miller with the market. “I started to realize that a lot of the species that I was studying were heavily impacted by habitat degradation as a result of marine pollution and climate change. Plastic pollution and food waste are two issues that really have simple solutions rooted in consumer shopping behaviour.”



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