We visited 2 alternative type of grocery stores in July:
- the newly opened Unboxed Market: which is a zero-waste grocery store
- Feed it Forward: which is a Pay What You Can grocery store
Volunteers from the co-op wanted to see what options there are once we open our own food store and what kind of models we can use ourselves. We love the concept of a grocery store where you have to bring your own containers and you get to top up what you need, thereby both reducing waste from purchase and even food waste at home! Likewise, the pay what you can grocery store offers an interesting pricing model which can be applied in neighbourhoods with a wide range of income level so that everyone can access healthy food.
It definitely helped us think about accessibility and sustainable in the food process — both important components in a full cycle food hub, and sparked conversations among those of us who went. We’re excited to see new alternative models of grocery store pop up in Toronto as people experiment with different possibilities of reducing our impact on the planet while keeping our communities healthy!
Here’s a short reflection from a volunteer who went on the trip:
My visit to Unboxed Market with the co-op was my first ever visit to a zero-waste grocery store. It was great to experience the store’s organization which allows everyone to weigh and mark their personal reusable containers before filling them with groceries of their choice. The variety of foods available and the dispensing mechanisms for each item were also worth noting for me. I’m excited to cook the bit of basmati rice I got there!
Joining the co-op on this field trip also introduced me to the idea of PWYC grocery stores. Visiting Feed It Forward was quite special and I’m curious to learn more about them, how they relate to the greater food ecosystem, and their vision of the future.
See more photos here: https://www.facebook.com/sjtcoop/posts/2352441664848773