Be Zero City Guide | Montreal

Welcome to the Be Zero Montreal City Guide

This guide shares the inside scoop on ways to reduce your trash and plastic footprint and to lead more simple and sustainable lifestyles in Montreal. 

Food Shopping 

Bulk shopping is growing more and more popular in Montreal. From its many public markets (website for Montreal Public Markets:  http://www.marchespublics-mtl.com/en/) from the increasing number of small grocers selling much more than just fruits and vegetables package free to dedicated Zero Waste grocery stores, who sell package free food, but also household items to help you in your journey to make less trash! Merci au réseau Zéro Déchets de Montréal!


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Epicerie Loco is a fully zero waste grocery store! They source mostly local and organic food in bulk, and have many items to get you started on a zero waste lifestyle. Their store also hosts workshops on different topics that can fit into your zero waste lifestyle, like making your own Kombucha! Their website (right now mostly in French, english coming soon) also features a lot of the families and farms that grow the food they sell.

 

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They have just about everything package free, from nuts and nut butters, to coffee to dried fruit, cereal, oils, soap and laundry and dishwashing detergent as well as some organic produce and local eggs. One of the things that keeps me coming back is their large supply of gluten free flours at VERY reasonable prices. For example I gotten two standard size jars and one medium jar of gluten free flours and a jar of gluten free cereal there for 8 dollars. All the flours were sourced from Canada and were organic.

A new find for me is Marché 3 Piliers. They have a sign outside that I noticed saying come in and try out zero waste bulk items. I went in and was a little bit confused by the lack of bins. However, when I looked a little closer I figured out that many of the items that they sold that you could often find in bulk were actually packaged in standard sized jars which they sell by consignment. I was able to talk to one of the owners about the concept and he said that it was working quite well and that quite a contingent of customers were coming back with their jars and getting their dollar in return. The jars are sterilized and refilled with product for sale. He gave the example that he had watched many people get messy fingers trying to fill their jars with oil, and so they decided to try this approach so people could easily pick up products zero waste, and transfer to their own containers at home if desired.

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On Mont Royal, is Salé Sucré (which means Sweet and Salty). They have nuts, candy, dried fruit and some really well priced nut mixes, which I often find are marked up in other stores.

 

Les Freres Sakaris  

This is a spot that I love that is a bit more of a normal grocery store, called Les Freres Sakaris also on St Laurent boul. It has a small bulk section with nuts, raisins and chocolate. They have really good prices for their bulk items, particularly nuts which can be an expensive item and is a family owned grocery store, so I love to support! I have used cloth bags to buy these bulk items here instead of jars as it can be a busy spot. They also have lots of packaged free produce, and some items that you do not find everywhere, for example they often stock several varieties of hot peppers.  

 

 

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For some comic relief and useful information check out these two ladies who make hilarious videos to remind us what is recyclable, compostable, how to Green ta Vie in properly sorting your waste.


 

Sustainable & Conscious Clothing 

Montreal is a hub for Canadian fashion design. While exploring and supporting some of our local designers, check out this list to see which designers also work to respect our planet!


Bon Netier | Use natural fabrics like merino wool, focus on manufacturing locally and water based inks are used to make impressions for screen printing.

Coquette en soie | Sources textiles from small fair trade certified producers

Creation encore | Clothes made following fair trade principles

Frëtt Design | Many items made with natural fiber, including organic cotton

Jennifer Glasgow | Featuring organic cotton, hemp and linen

Kazak | Uses recycled leather

Louve | Clothing made from recycled material, ends of rolls and trimmings found in vintage shops

Marie C | Featuring organic cotton and bamboo

Meemoza | Use modal, tencel, GOTS certified organic cotton

Message Factory | Organic of recycled textiles

Noujica | Use organic and recycled materials, such as leather, linen and cotton

OÖM | Use organic cotton, hemp, linen, recycled polyester and lyocell

Pascale Viau | All clothing made from fabric from ends of rolls, etc.

Rien ne se perd tout se crée | Use organic cotton, organic soap for washing fabric and collect all fabric scraps for future use

Second Yoga Jeans | Natural enzymes and biodegradable wash agents are used instead of chemical dyes

Stacey Zhang | Silk, linen and organic cotton

Tokaya | Organic bamboo

This city guide is curated by our Be Zero Ambassador, Brenna Walsh.

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