Toronto’s Zero Waste Market

Samantha Zeitz

There has been a lot of discussion about limiting our consumption of plastic, but often we forget because of how convenient it is to just grab something off a shelf. A Toronto couple is trying to show society that it can be simple to shop waste-free. They’ve opened up a zero-waste market to prove it.

Michelle Genttner and Luis Martins opened the Unboxed Market on Dundas Street West in Toronto. It’s where everything comes package free to encourage customers to bring their own reusable containers. According to CTV News, Unboxed Market is more than just groceries. They also offer shampoo, laundry detergent, and other products that are package free. Daily Hive says the only product that is still wrapped in plastic is cheese because it’s the only material that holds enough moisture to keep the cheese fresh. To stay with the green theme, every piece of plastic wrap is reused on the same cheese to minimize waste.

People who are just starting to go waste-free and don’t have all the right containers yet, can shop at Unboxed Market. The zero waste shop offers biodegradable and reusable options, including a jar rental program. Customers put a deposit on jars from the market and can either keep it or return it for a refund of their deposit.

Another benefit of Unboxed Market is that you can buy whatever you need in whatever quantity you need. All products get weighed at the door so you can take as little or as much as you need. With this concept, they’re not only eliminating waste by using reusable and biodegradable packaging, less product goes to waste as well.

There are other businesses in Toronto who are also offering greener alternatives, making it easier for the public to live zero-waste lifestyles. The City of Toronto is even looking into a policy towards reducing the use of single-use plastic.