February 2

Dear Division 16,

Thank you for your excellent work on your Food Projects.  I appreciate the time and energy you put into your presentations and I learned a tonne!  But… the blog homework hiatus is over 🙂

Welcome back.

SoccerboyABC123’s mom sent me a link to this article, which is amazing.


Please read the article (and if you’re interested, check out the additional links inside the article).

For your homework, please answer one of the following questions:

  1. Who do you think is most impacted by this kind of change in grocery shopping experience? Explain your thinking.
  2. What do you think “zero waste” means?  Give an explanation based on your opinion and inferences or do some research and share what you find.
  3. Does this knowledge change any of the solutions you proposed for your project? Why or why not?

I look forward to your responses,



  1. Soccerboy123ABC

    #1 I think that the most impacted people are the companies that provide them and the people that reuse them. The people that reuse then get affected because if they keep using up there supply of plastic bags then they won’t be able to get more because the grocery stores won’t be bagging them and in 2004/5 92% of Canadians stated that they reuse there plastic bags, This was backed up by a test that showed in 2007 77% of Canadians reuse them. For the supplying companies they sell and distribute a lot of bags worldwide and if they don’t get enough money then they will have to close which means that there are less jobs for people to apply to and more people that need a job which will make problems much worse because of how many companies there are. I think that in a way this kind of grocery stores are not the best because some grocery stores produce very little waste and if they had to go to zero it would be very hard for them to change, Take Save on Foods for eg if they had to go to zero waste they would almost have to redo their entire store and it would make getting food a whole lot harder.

  2. The Baconator

    #2 I think that zero waste means exactly what it sounds like, creating a world with no pollution. I think this because there really couldn’t be anything else unless it is metaphorical and it means something complicated or sarcastic. Zero waste could be an organization or a goal to create zero waste. If I do find out the definition (which I will do) it will really surprise me.


    I think this ties into the project i contributed in because in one of our problems we talk about poorer countries having less food selection and this shows how developed countries have a better ability to choose what and how the make sales.

  4. smeagaleater10

    3# For me and The Engineer’s project our priority solution was market trucks. In our solution market trucks are basically portable markets that go and sell food to the places that need them most. I don’t think that this effects our solution because even though the people are most likely poor they usually have containers to place their food.

  5. Flying Mandarin

    #1 The large company that sells packaged items will be impacted by the “Zero waste grocery shops”. If lots of the grocery shop start following this trend and if the companies that don’t start selling bulk items the grocery shops will not buy their products.

  6. super cheese cake

    #2 I think that zero waste means no shopping bag is going to be used in grocery store and no food is getting thrown away. Zero waste could also been used as a goal for Vancouver and many other cities and countries. Actually many stores in Vancouver charges plastic shopping bag and sells reusable shopping bag and that helps to reach the goal.

  7. Touchdown

    2. I think that zero wasted means that in bathrooms you use hand driers instead of paper towels or only use reusable bags.

  8. crazymemeslol123

    #1 I think it had an impact on many other stores and think they should do this too because we have been wasting plastic bags by throwing them in the garbage after we are done with them, my family recycles plastic bags each time we get them from a store but this is a huge difference this store tells you to bring your own box or bag or jar to buy and store it.it’s really amazing and why other stores don’t do this,other stores around Vancouver import most of there food from other countries but this store buys organic food around Canada.

  9. the engineer

    I think zero waste means using compostable bags or reusable bags. But also it means buying and eating all foods weather it grew deformed or not. Also instead of making plastic jars people could make them out of glass and then either recycle them or reuse them. Zero waste also means no throwing away food in general. If it perishes compost it instead of throwing it away.

  10. Joaquin

    I think that zero waste means stuff that should not be wasted is not, because no matter what there are always going to be waste.

  11. The Time Traveller

    The people who are most impacted by this new shopping trend are the buyers because although it’s a revolutionary idea it’s pretty tough to do because you would have to change your whole way of life. But in Europe the animals from the ocean would also be highly affected because a lot of the time people’s plastic gets thrown in the ocean and animals try to eat it and they choke and DIE or they try to eat it and they are successful but then they get sick and DIE.

  12. Amythest

    1. I think the environment is most impacted by this change in the grocery stores, because the waste is reduced by so much. Considering people, I think that the workers are most impacted because it impacts their job and how they get their work done. It can also impact the workers because the production of all the food and buying all the supplies for the packaging.

  13. Spamlington

    #3. I think that the information in the article could have changed a solution that my partner and I came up with. This solution was the solution for importing. Our solution was to put a cap on the amount you could import, but after reading the article, I think that we could change it. We did say that we would slowly lower the cap over time, but I think we could lower it a lot quicker than we expected.

  14. GamingPickle84

    #2 I think zero waste means no little morsels anywhere you always eat right up to the skin etc. if everyone in Vancouver did this we wouldn’t have any waste and if you can’t eat all of the food use it until there is none more

  15. Pink Pickle

    I think major food distributors are impacted the most by these types of grocery stores because they waste a lot from shipping their food from all those different countries and by mass producing there food so it all doesn’t get eaten so these zero waste grocery stores won’t accept their food and it can put a huge impact on the companies profit if more grocery stores do this.

  16. purple pom-poms

    #2 Many people will look at this question and think it’s mostly talking about food waste, but I have other opinions. I believe that zero waste means that a person, a community, or just simply a group of people don’t waste plastics, food, materials, etc. in this case it’s a store/shop that the customers have to bring their own containers, jars, boxes, bags, and more to put their food they buy in so that the normally packaged wrappers or plastic holding it together doesn’t go to waste. If the world focuses in on this then hopefully we can in a bit of time we turn our world into a place with very little pollution and wasted materials.

  17. Arcticfox

    1# I think the people making the plastic(s) are effected most. They wont have as much plastic to make, witch might make them consider not making as much. Many people like the idea of this green grocery so it is a growing trend in the world. Witch will make them think twice about producing and marketing plastic.

  18. Sushi Monster

    #1 I think the environment is effected the most because this will reduce the amount of waste by quite a lot, with less garbage it will be less likely for animals to digest garbage and die.By getting foods shipped in Canada this will make less emissions and use less oil so people don’t have to dig up as much land. If less stores by less of factories products the factories will probably make less of the product this means less of the product will be wasted.

  19. sparkle sloth

    #1 I think probably people who have allergies like to dairy and gluten, because if you go to a regular grocery store, most of the gluten-free things are very packaged and not very good for you, so since the “zero-waste grocery store” has no packaging, I think it might be easier to find things like gluten-free granola bars or bread. I also think that this could be both beneficial and not; to poor people, it could be beneficial because if you are poor, to me, you need as many healthy things you can get because if you are poor and you use all your money buying gummies, you won’t die, but it could lead to bad sicknesses, and it’s just not going to give you the nutrition, but if you spend all your money on greens, then you will be much better off. I also see how it might not be the best thing for poor people, because the first thing I think of when I think of zero waste is “expensive,” because it probably takes longer to find food that is no-waste, so it will cost more, and if you’re a poor person and you use all your money on a carrot, then it might be okay for a couple hours, but it is not even close to a meal.

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