“The idea itself is definitely something that isn’t new,” says store co-founder Brianne Miller in a phone interview with the Straight. “We always think it’s kind of funny because people are like, ‘This is such a great idea!’ But this is how our grandparents shopped 100 years ago. So, we’ve kind of come so far from that.”
Miller, a marine biologist by trade, decided to pursue the ecofriendly concept after observing first-hand the impact of climate change and pollution on the habitats of marine animals. Drawing inspiration from a number of successful zero-waste stores that operate internationally, she developed Zero Waste Market for Vancouver.