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Learn about the importance of living sustainably in the face of the climate crisis and how you can transition to a more eco-friendly lifestyle without shelling out big bucks. At reFRESH Cowichan Marketplace, we are working to reduce food and packaging waste while providing delicious and affordable groceries to our customers.

3 Indigenous Youth Activists To Celebrate This Earth Day

3 Indigenous Youth Activists To Celebrate This Earth Day

Earth Day serves as an important reminder to appreciate the natural world and all of its gifts and abundance. Beyond that, it’s a reminder of the responsibility we have as stewards of the earth. Appreciating the beauty of the planet is a powerful feeling, especially...

How you can save money by reducing waste

How you can save money by reducing waste

Reducing the amount of waste used is a great way to lessen your negative environmental impact. As people in the world grow increasingly environmentally-conscious, sustainability and zero-waste initiatives have become quite popular, with trendy zero-waste stores and...

Paper or Plastic?

Paper or Plastic?

Grocery store shoppers have long debated whether paper or plastic is better for the environment, and it’s widely been accepted that paper is the more eco-friendly option, as trees are a renewable resource. However, it turns out it’s not quite that simple! The problem...

Why you should reTHINK best before dates

Why you should reTHINK best before dates

In Canada, a lot of perfectly good food gets thrown away. One of the major reasons for this is the ‘best-before’ dates that are written on food labels. It’s a common misconception that these dates mean that the food is spoiled or unsafe to eat. However, this generally...

8 ways to have a sustainable Valentine’s Day

8 ways to have a sustainable Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, show some love for the Earth!  Each year, around one billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent, making it the second biggest card-exchanging holiday, after Christmas. Most of these cards are not recyclable, as they’re often covered in glitter or...

The problem with food waste in Canada

The problem with food waste in Canada

Canada has a major food waste problem. A 2019 report by Second Harvest, a Toronto-based food rescue charity found that a whopping 58% of all food produced in Canada is lost or wasted each year. Meanwhile, 1 in 8 Canadian households experience food insecurity, meaning...

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