Locavore, low-waste dining: Ubuntu Canteen nourishes a community

Locavore, low-waste dining: Ubuntu Canteen nourishes a community

“Waste is a product of negligence,” explains Ubuntu Canteen’s Executive Chef, Dave Gunawan, when I ask about his restaurant’s low-waste practices. “There’s no waste in nature, and it’s not in our vernacular either.”

But he’s talking about more than scrapping plastic water bottles and single-use coffee pods. “We need to take a multifaceted approach. We can see it through the lens of ‘Zero Waste,’ but it’s more holistic.”

Recently I was invited to dine at Ubuntu Canteen, and of course my husband Scott and I leapt at the chance. With our son at home with his grandma, we were thrilled to have a night out and experience the restaurant we had heard so much about.

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Be the Change: The story of two women and one refill store

Be the Change: The story of two women and one refill store

Refill stores are a Zero Waster’s paradise. You bring your own containers, get them refilled with goodies like shampoo and dish detergent (often natural and local products!) and pay for the exact amount you want. They also typically stock eco-friendly goods, such as bamboo toothbrushes and compostable floss. It’s shopping without the plastic waste!

But what do you do if you don’t have a refill store near you? I’ve written about this on my Instagram page recently, because there are a lot of other things you can do to help reduce waste and be part of the solution.

For Teresa and Julie, though, that wasn’t enough. Because they didn’t have the refill store of their dreams close by, they decided to open one instead. How’s that for being a living embodiment of the phrase, “be the change you wish to see in the world”?

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My interview with Anne-Marie Bonneau, the Zero Waste Chef

My interview with Anne-Marie Bonneau, the Zero Waste Chef

I’m absolutely delighted to share my interview with famed foodie and blogger Anne-Marie Bonneau, also known as the Zero Waste Chef. On her blog and Instagram, she shares how her family lives Zero Waste, while creating the most delicious meals. (I tried to tell her that she’s a legend in the Zero Waste world. However, as you’ll see, she’s very humble and doesn’t believe me.)

Although I’m far from a gourmet chef, my own Zero Waste journey has me experimenting in the kitchen more often, batch cooking and baking for the week ahead, and making more from scratch. Needless to say, I’m very inspired by Anne-Marie!

Her motto and food rules are: “No packaging. Nothing processed. No waste.” Sounds intimidating? Her joyful personality and positive energy will change your mind! Here’s what she had to say about how busy families can join the Zero Waste movement, how to get your kids into the kitchen, and why we should have hope for the future.

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My interview with Toni Desrosiers, Founder of Abeego

My interview with Toni Desrosiers, Founder of Abeego

Welcome to my first Q & A blog post! I see many more interviews on this blog in the future, and I couldn’t be happier to kick things off with a company I love and respect: Abeego. (Plus, keep reading for details on a giveaway!)

If you know them, you’ll know that Abeego is the original beeswax food storage wrap, based out of Victoria, BC. They’ve gone toe-to-toe with the food wrap giants, and it’s all thanks to Toni Desrosiers, Abeego’s fearless founder.

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