Two years ago in August, we opened our first location on Wellington Street West in Hintonburg.

The zero waste movement was mostly unknown to Ottawa, and we didn’t know what to expect. We made a bet that the public was ready even if they didn’t know they were, and that by offering an opportunity to shop waste-free, we would create a need for it. Less than a year into our venture, it seemed like we had won our bet! The Hintonburg store was thriving.

Awareness about the harm of plastic pollution is on the rise, and so is the will to act on it. Individuals are looking for ways to cut on packaging waste in their daily lives, and governments are taking action that was – frankly – overdue: the federal government recently announced a ban on single-use plastics taking effect in 2021. In the context of a climate emergency, more and more people are looking for an alternative to the reckless mass consumerism that is wrecking our planet. The zero waste lifestyle, with its focus on minimalism and waste-free living, is a timely response to the crisis we face.

And here we are. On October 15th, we opened the doors to our second store, in a beautiful modern space that is so typically NU: an open concept, wooden bulk islands, white walls, our signature refill wall… Add in a few new features and our friendly NUbies – transfers from our first store mixed up with new recruits – and you get our dream second store!

We love our new neighbourhood! With its recently revamped complete Main Street and the brand new Flora footbridge, Old Ottawa East is becoming a destination for pedestrians and cyclists alike. No wonder its new developments are attracting independent eco-retailers like us. We are excited to play a part in turning Main Street into a vibrant livable community.

October 15th is the beginning of our soft opening period. From Tuesday to Friday, we’re open from 12 pm to 7 pm. Expect to find all the dry foods, cleaning products, personal care products and zero waste accessories. We will add produce and refrigerated products to the mix throughout the week and will have a full assortment for our GRAND OPENING on Saturday.

Join us on Saturday October 19th at 11 pm to celebrate our official opening. We’ll have impassioned speeches, food, drinks and lots of smiles. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you!

Valerie, Sia and Team NU