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We all want to reduce the amount of garbage we create and throw fewer containers into the recycling bin, yet learning “how” can be the hardest part of achieving our low-waste goals. With this in mind, bare market is on a mission to help shoppers reduce and reuse packaging with every purchase. Thanks to a bright, minimalist new store on the Danforth, bare market is now a one-stop-shop selling organic produce and other staples in addition to their go-to bulk supplies.
First launched in the summer of 2018 as a pop-up shop and then online retailer, bare market’s M.O. has always been to promote local, package-free shopping and the purchase of bulk and reusable goods. From metal and bamboo straws to beeswax wrap, “unpaper” towels, shampoo, beauty products, detergent and much more, every item for sale contributes to a more sustainable planet instead of wasting precious resources.
Designed by Common Good Studio, bare market’s first physical location houses a small café and tidy rows of bulk bins, oil and vinegar taps and shelves brimming with fruit, vegetables and spices. Here, shoppers are welcome to refill their own containers (from a wine bottle to a resealable bag, anything clean and undamaged will do) or to buy into the bare lending program and borrow a container for as long as needed.
The bare market is committed to teaching people how to make more ethical, sustainable choices every time they shop. It's a laudable undertaking and an example we should all learn to follow.