After what was an incredible and inspiring official opening weekend, we would like to take this opportunity to say an official thank you to all of you.

Thank you to everyone that has supported NU, from the time when it was just a vision, all the way to opening our doors in the Hintonburg neighbourhood and becoming the first zero-waste grocery store in Canada’s capital.

We’ve felt the love in the months leading up to our opening and that feeling was multiplied by the presence of the many passionate people who came by to celebrate our official opening this Saturday.

We’re grateful for the thousands of people that shared our story online and the hundreds that came to the store, reusable containers and shopping bags in hand, ready to be a part of the first steps of what will be an incredible, zero-waste journey for Ottawa.

We’re especially thankful for the presence of our local partners and words of support from Counsellor Jeff Leiper, Mayor Jim Watson, and Federal Environment Minister and Ottawa Center MP Catherine McKenna. We look forward to working together to eliminate waste and to build the most sustainable capital in the world!

After seeing hundreds of people of all ages, we are starting the week feeling inspired by the passion so many of us share for our city, country, and planet. NU might be the first zero-waste store in Ottawa, but we feel that we’re all onto something bigger than mason jars, reusable mugs or tote bags.

We’re starting a movement, one purchase at a time, and as Coun. Jeff Leiper said, “let’s vote with our wallets.” 

NU is here to help you do just that – making your zero-waste purchase possible every day between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at 1130 Wellington, right beside our friends at Stella Luna.

If you weren’t able to come by this weekend, we’ve shared what happened on our Facebook page! Then, whenever you have the chance, round up your reusable containers and come by the store! We’d love to meet you and chat about everything zero-waste.

For those of us that are new to zero-waste, and might feel a little lost – don’t worry! Our store staff (“Nubies”) will be happy to answer the questions that we heard most often this opening weekend. Check back here for more on that later this week!

Once again, MERCI!

Julie Lopez for #TeamNU