As a marine biologist, Brianne Miller always had a special love of the oceans. The magic of snorkelling with manatees and diving reefs in search of nudibranchs is something that she wanted to preserve for everyone. After seeing one too many remote field sites littered in plastic debris, she began to wonder why there wasn’t a better way to shop - from pasta and produce to laundry detergent and toothbrushes, there had to be a better way. A way without so much waste!
Brianne realized that the current grocery models were broken, and even the most ethical, local, and organic example, was still caught in this cycle of waste. And so, she asked the simple question that would positively change things forever. What if food ... was just food again? With a leap of faith, a few jars, and some dear friends, the Nada story began.
Alison Carr grew up outside, spending weekends on soccer fields, in her backyard garden, going camping, and spending endless hours beachcombing. Combine this with her family’s love of food and people and you get a gal who, naturally, is drawn to independent grocery stores - vibrant spaces that combine all of these things under one roof. Little did she know that she’d eventually find a partner in crime who had plans to open a grocery store. And better yet, waste-free!
Together, with a not-so-secret plan to stock the shelves with their favourite local foods, Alison and Brianne teamed up to design a package-free food supply chain rid of excess and waste. The result? A new way to grocery shop and a commitment to both healthy people and a healthy planet!