Be Zero City Guide | Montreal
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.
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!
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.
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