This is Simcoe County’s first zero waste grocery store

Have you heard of a zero-waste lifestyle? It's a trend worth trying

It seems more of us now care about the packaging our food comes in. Ethical consumption is gaining popularity globally, and here at home.

Refillery District

Zero-waste grocery shopping has caught on in Simcoe County

Posted by Barrie 360 on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Consumer spending on eco-conscious foods and goods is increasing, according to Market Research Group Nielson and the Business Development Bank of Canada’s Consumers Trend Report. This could be why zero waste grocery stores are taking off. Orillia’s new Refillery District is an example of this.

Zero Waste shopping is the latest trend

the Refill Distillery in Orillia recently opened its doors for those zero waste consumers

The Refill Distillery in Orillia recently opened its doors for those zero waste consumers

The newly opened shop is Simcoe County’s first dedicated zero-waste grocery store. Founders Allie Fry and Tyler Knight say people of all ages come through their doors on Mississaga street. “Some of our shoppers have been living the zero-waste lifestyle for years and others are now jumping on board. It’s a trend everyone seems to be embracing,” says Knight.

“Some of our shoppers have been living the zero-waste lifestyle for years.”

Fry says the community has been very receptive to the new idea and have been embracing it. “People genuinely want to help the environment and reduce their footprint, its been great to see how they react when they come inside,” says Fry.

New customer at Orillia's Refillery District

New customer at Orillia’s Refillery District

One shopper in his 60’s (who asked to remain nameless) took a stroll through the new store on Mississaga street. We asked what he thought? “With all of that plastic and those straws in the ocean, its great.”

He said it reminded him of how they shopped as kids. The package-free shopping spot is one of a number of new grocery style zero-waste stores that have recently opened across Canada.

Bring in your own containers and join the refill revolution

Bring in your own containers and join the refill revolution

How it works

Customers can bring their own reusable containers and fill up on everything from household soaps and cleaners to nuts, seeds, oils and other whole foods, local meats, eggs, dairy & dairy alternatives.