A small zero-waste grocery store that opened up just two months ago on Saltspring Island is already looking to expand due to high demand.
Crystal Lehky is the owner of “Green,” who’s planning to open a second location in Vancouver.
“It’s been so exciting, Saltspring was waiting for us, they’ve been waiting for a store like this for a long time.”
Surprise at first, then appreciation from customers
She says people are surprised when they first walk into the store, but they quickly fall in love with the concept.
“Green has all the same grocery-type foods that you would find in a regular grocery store expect that none of it is packaged. We don’t have any single use of plastic in our store at all.”
Lehky says recycling can only do so much to help the environment.
“We think that Canada is ready for this concept. It’s clear that recycling is not the answer, it’s great, but it’s not the answer. It’s not going to work long-term so people, especially people in my generation are really ready for it.”
New age of grocery shopping: no plastic
Green offers the same grocery-type foods you would find in a store but nothing is packaged and no plastic is used.
Lehky says it’s time to re-think how we do grocery shopping.