NU Grocery

NU Grocery

Valerie & Sia

It started with a book
It all started with a book that my mother gave me for Christmas: Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson.
I read the book in one sitting, fascinated by this family of four who managed to reduce their waste to a jar per year! The lifestyle Bea was advocating for made a lot of sense to me and I was inspired to embark on my own zero waste journey.
Part of adopting a zero waste lifestyle was to change the way I was doing my groceries and move away from single-use packaging. To avoid single-use I found a number of bulk stores where I could fill up my own containers. But there was no ONE store where I could find all my packaging-free groceries. I had to visit 4-6 stores on my grocery run, which was way too time-consuming.

The idea takes shape
I started imagining a zero waste grocery store where I could find everything I needed, and which would be specifically designed for zero waste shopping. After doing some research, I decided to open such a store in Ottawa.


NU Grocery is Ontario’s first zero waste grocery store. NU is also a platform to educate and raise awareness about waste. We’re on a mission to eliminate waste and reinvent consumption! NU is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Community, a network of thousands of organizations working to accelerate the global transition to a circular economy.


143 Main Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 5V9

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