Granted, last week was not a “typical week” for the NU team. When you organize a conference with Bea Johnson, the guru of the zero waste lifestyle who inspired NU, it is a special week. Even more so when over 300 people attend – men, women, anglophones, francophones, young and old – and the event unfolds without a glitch. Judging by the feedback we received after the talk, it was a success: “inspirational”, “thought-provoking”, “funny”, “awesome” were some of the adjectives used.

Bea laid out her 5R methodology to reduce waste (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot – in this order) and talked about the many benefits of a zero waste lifestyle. Zero Waste is a win for the planet, but it is also a win for us as individuals. When you get rid of all the unnecessary “stuff”, you start living a life based on Being rather than Having – a happier life. Check out our short photo essay about Bea’s visit on our Facebook page.

But this week wasn’t just about the conference. Work on the store is in full swing. Lease negotiations for our location run their course while architects and engineers are already busy designing the space and getting drawings ready. We continue to expand our supplier base, test out new products and develop solutions to sell products packaging-free. We’re also in the midst of creating our online store that will launch in May and will offer our favourite accessories for the zero waste lifestyle.

We continue to educate and raise awareness about waste and responsible consumerism: after a gig at Algonquin College’s Sustainability Conference two weeks ago, we will participate in the OCDSB’s Environmental Stewardship and Collaboration Day in May and talk at a Government of Canada agency in June, among other things!

Thank you for following us on our journey and please, keep the comments going! Ever since we launched we’ve received hundreds of emails with suggestions that have helped us make better decisions. If you have an idea, a concern, a solution, or simply want to encourage us, let us know!

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