Instant success for the grocery store, zero waste of Arvida

Succès instantané pour l'épicerie zéro déchet d'Arvida

The movement zero waste is gaining popularity in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Talk to the owner of the grocery store The Reserve of Arvida, Vanessa Gauthier. The products of the small business, open since December 6, fly away like hot cakes, so much so that some items are often out of stock. A beautiful problem that the owner had not seen it coming.

It is very rare that The Reserve, located in the Square Davis, deserted. The journalist of the Progress has made a few times since its opening and the goodwill has what you need to make envious many traders.

Succès instantané pour l'épicerie zéro déchet d'Arvida

The corner shop offers products to replace disposable products in daily life.

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“Honestly, it’s going really well. I didn’t think it would have worked as well ! I’m pleasantly surprised, ” says the owner, Vanessa Gauthier, when met at the little shop.

This is the last year that the young woman had the idea to open a trade in the genus. “I had the idea to start a business with a storefront and that respected my values. I wanted to work with people. But I didn’t want to throw myself into something that encourages over-consumption. It was while visiting a shop zero waste to Quebec that I had the idea to bring this concept here, in the Saguenay. I did not know that it existed, at the time. He wasn’t here and it was linked to my values, ” says Vanessa Gauthier. We want to emphasize that other shop of the style has also opened its doors at Alma, a few weeks ago. More and more shops also offer products in bulk, on the regional territory, like grocery shopping Bizz and the pharmacy Familiprix in Chicoutimi, for example.

Succès instantané pour l'épicerie zéro déchet d'Arvida

Nuts, pasta, flour and spices are sold in bulk.

THE PROGRESS, MARIANE L. ST-GELAIS

A year after having discovered the concept, Vanessa Gauthier opened her small shop, which employs five employees. Since then, the trade attracts dozens of customers every day. Clients curious, others are already comfortable with the concept of zero waste.

To The Reserve, customers can find food products such as nuts, spices, nut butters, chocolate and different varieties of flour, for example. The client may arrive with their own containers they weigh it by entering in the shop or buy on the spot. Paper bags are also available.

Succès instantané pour l'épicerie zéro déchet d'Arvida

Soaps for the body, but also shampoos, bar are available at The Reserve.

THE PROGRESS, MARIANE L. ST-GELAIS

“We also have all of the products necessary for the manufacture of cosmetics made at home. I’m really glad to see the popularity. I have the impression to participate in the environmental change and I feel that the population embarked on the movement too, ” pointed out the owner.

The corner shop offers products to replace disposable products in daily life. For example, the films of beeswax, which allow you to say goodbye to the dandruff style plastic Saran Wrap, fly away the minute they are received at the shop. Toothbrushes, utensils, straws, bamboo or silicone, bullet-drying wool (which replace the sheet of fabric softeners), bags, snacks, stone cleansing ; Vanessa Gauthier try to choose products manufactured here, in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, in Quebec or in Canada.

Succès instantané pour l'épicerie zéro déchet d'Arvida

The Reserve attracts many customers since its opening on 6 December.

THE PROGRESS, MARIANE L. ST-GELAIS

“This is not yet possible for all products, but I hope to do here any time,” added Vanessa Gauthier.

A book with suggestions is also put at the disposal of customers, to the cashier. They can write down the products or items they would like to see on sale in the shop.

Succès instantané pour l'épicerie zéro déchet d'Arvida

The Reserve is located on the Square in Davis, at Arvida.

THE PROGRESS, MARIANE L. ST-GELAIS

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