It's time to get curious about where your food comes from. At Nada, we're here to connect people to food in its simplest form and to spark a conversation about our local food system - how we can all support our favourite local businesses, contribute to local economies, and help build resilient communities in the place we call home.

Our goal is to be part of the climate solution and foster a more just food system. Let's seize the moment and make changes that prioritize diversity and resilience!

Nix the waste

Nada not only supports more than 100 local vendors within the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, but we also go the extra mile to have conversations with each and every one of them to make sure we’re doing all that we can to reduce waste in our supply chain. Food supply chains are complex, and there are many tradeoffs between food packaging and waste, but when combined with local sourcing, we’re able to reduce our overall carbon footprint. We know there are many barriers when it comes to removing waste from the food supply chain, which is why we choose to support vendors who prioritize sustainability in their packaging choices, product design, and raw ingredient sourcing.

What this looks like:
  • Supplier Container Return Program We love working with local suppliers, because that means products come to us package-free too! Whenever possible, local suppliers deliver shipments in reusable containers - from totes to bins to containers and growlers, we find a way to make it work!
  • Switching up packaging When reusable containers are not the best option, the conversation starts with how we can choose better packaging and reduce any excess. This might mean swapping virgin materials for 100% recycled content or compostable options, replacing single use items like pallet shrink wrap with reusable moving blankets, or removing the packaging altogether.
  • The surplus food challenge Food waste is a vastly overlooked driver of climate change. Worldwide, 30% of food is wasted across the supply chain, making up 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. We’re champions of businesses tackling this issue head on, such as those who are reducing surplus food in their manufacturing, using imperfect or recovered ingredients in their sourcing, or supporting food insecure households with donations. Biodynamic, regenerative, and urban farms are all part of the solution too!

Transparency & Certifications

It’s important to us that folks know where their food comes from, who grew it, how it got to them, and where it goes if it’s not eaten. That’s why we work with values aligned companies who have an open book when it comes to sharing information about where ingredients come from, what growing practices are used, working conditions, etc.

  • We choose to work with fellow 1% for the Planet, Certified B Corporations, and Carbon or Climate Neutral companies whenever possible - from our products to our office supplies, and everything in between!
  • Certifications are important, but often don’t paint a complete picture of the food system. We work with many brands who are Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Living Wage Employers, etc., but also make room for small suppliers who may be unable to obtain certification for whatever reason, but are growing or making responsibly and sustainably.
  • We foster long-term relationships with our suppliers as much as possible, and love working with those who do the same. This builds stronger communities and more resilient food systems, while providing better working conditions and compensation for those at all levels of the supply chain including growers, makers, and manufacturers.

Better Business Models

As true believers that business can be used as a force for good, you’ll find our shelves brimming with socially and environmentally minded businesses that you can get excited about supporting! Many of them do business NOT as usual, with innovative and alternative business models and ownership structures, indigenous, minority, and female-led boards and leaders, and social enterprises who are working hard to make the world a better place. When you load up your grocery cart, rest assured it’s full of products that are contributing to a healthier planet and more equitable and fair food system for all.

Sustainable & Local Food Systems

Supporting local food growers and producers has a host of benefits to our economies, our environment, and our communities.