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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Nu Grocery, a zero-waste grocery store, has opened its doors in Ottawa, selling a variety of products, including fresh produce, dry food, cleaning and beauty supplies, without any packaging.

Customers are encouraged to bring their own bags and containers to Nu Grocery, although the store also offers free compostable paper bags for dry products and clean ready-to-use jars for wet products.

Owner Valérie LeLoup said she was inspired to open the store after reading the book Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson, which advocates sustainable, waste-free living. She is thinking about opening a second location sometime in the future.

Last week's grand opening was attended by federal Environment Minister and Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna, who told the CBC that the store's mandate of environmental responsibility sends a message that's both important and necessary.

"This is really the future of shopping," McKenna said.

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