Dare to go bare with package-free goods

Pop up shop at the Evergreen Brickworks // Photo provided by Dayna Stein

Pop up shop at the Evergreen Brickworks // Photo provided by Dayna Stein

Waste: also known as material that is not wanted. We try to be cautious by recycling our plastic, but we can’t help but wonder where our empty bottles end up at. Let’s be realistic here, recycling alone will likely never be enough to make up for the garbage we produce.

Want a solution? Soon you’ll be able to reuse your empty bottles and refill your desired product at bare market (hey reader! The store goes by ‘bare market’ stylistically, hence why you won’t see any capitalization).

Ready to stock up on your upcoming fall and winter necessities? Before the location opens you are able to purchase at their warehouse or order online! // Image by Dayna Stein

Ready to stock up on your upcoming fall and winter necessities? Before the location opens you are able to purchase at their warehouse or order online! // Image by Dayna Stein

Bare market is an independently owned store that sells refillable, package-free home and body care products in order “to make sustainable and ethical living easy and accessible for everyone”. Since they sell their products in bulk, you can get your products 20-45% on discount compared to the same brand in another store.

Dayna Stein, owner of bare market, was looking for ways to actually live her values instead of just preaching about the environment. She wanted to use her purchasing power to do something about reducing waste.

You may have heard of bare market via their pop-ups throughout the city at local farmer’s markets, Patagonia stores or even their fascinating media hype on Instagram, it’s clear that they are making a big and positive impact on Toronto’s community.

Stein is opening a bricks & mourner location in Toronto’s East End since this area contains more of “Mom and Pop shops rather than big retail chains, plus, this is a young, fun, and hip community.”

“This whole time we knew we wanted a permanent location because we want to create behavioural change,” Stein says. “I felt like if we had a space where people can create community and learn about these issues, have a fun experience, and have a sexy looking store that’s Instagrammable, they would actually come back to participate in this movement of reducing waste.”

Stein officially has the design plans and started construction to her upcoming store located at Coxwell & Danforth // Image provided by Dayna Stein

Stein officially has the design plans and started construction to her upcoming store located at Coxwell & Danforth // Image provided by Dayna Stein

You won’t just be walking in a regular store that sells package-free goods. Prepare yourself for a bare market that’s not only filled with body and home care products, but also a café that’s integrated into the space.

10 Comments

  • Natalie Richardson says:

    Great post Fleur – thank you for sharing this information!

  • Dutchie says:

    Thanks for publishing such informative article, Fleur. In Europe we adore the sun and using SPF is not a very common thing. Also, I remember that in the early days, SPF didn’t go higher than 30 and we only used it while on the beach. And when someone got a sun burn, we just laughed and put slices of cucumber on it to cool it down. You are absolutely right, we need to include SPF in our daily skin routine. Now one more challenge to go: introduce this to my husband.

    • Fleur Boomsma says:

      Thank you for sharing this little story! If we can normalize the use of sunscreen a lot of skin cancer could be prevented! Luckily the skincare companies are getting more innovative with their formulas to make sunscreen attractive for everyone of all skin colors/conditions/types!

  • Eva B says:

    So informative! Thank you for the sunscreen recommendations xx

  • Jennifer says:

    Sunscreen can save your life!!

  • Sue says:

    Your hair looks lovely. I want to try this now.

  • Celine says:

    Hello! I want to ask, after using the innisfree super volcanic mask, you rinse it off and then do you apply your skincare after that? or do you just leave your bare face after rinsing the clay mask off?

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