LOCAL RESOURCES

In theory the circular economy sounds great, but how do we start to incorporate its concepts into our day to day lives? As consumers and purchasers, one of the biggest impacts we can make revolves around our purchasing decisions. By consciously choosing where and on what we spend our money on we can drive change. To help get you started, we have compiled an array of suggestions on where to shop, how to reduce your waste levels, what to do with those items you no longer want and much more. Scroll down to get some inspiration and ideas on places to check out in Victoria!

Refill Solutions

One of the easiest switches you can make to reduce your personal waste levels is to start shopping at stores that allow you to bring your own containers in to fill with their products. From cleaning products to coffee beans to your favourite snacks, you can now say good-bye to unnecessary plastic packaging.

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Zero Waste Emporium

Victoria's first zero waste grocery store! Many amazing and local goodies including milk on tap

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Cook Culture

Dish soap, hand soap, laundry detergent and counter top cleaner from Spadilla Soap Co. Eco friendly plant based cleaners

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West Coast Refill

Home cleaning, body care, and many other unique products to make zero waste living even easier

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Fernwood Coffee

Bring your empty 1lb Fernwood Coffee bag to the Parsonage Cafe and they will refill it for you and take $1 off your purchase 

Nezza Naturals

Victoria made, organic, and cruelty free face, body, hair and home care products. Refillable options are available

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Bulk

Barn

Canadian based company for all your dry-good refill needs! Bring your clean container, get it weighed and scoop away

sHARING

Like our parents used to always tell us, sharing is caring! When we take part in the sharing economy less goods are needed which spares resources, reduces waste and emissions, and frees up income. From car sharing to co-working spaces, Victoria has lots of great options that can provide you with the opportunity to own less and live lighter.

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Modo

 Why own a car when you can share one! With a diverse selection, Modo makes car sharing easy and affordable

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public libraries

Libraries are such a great local resource and offer so much more than just book! Check out their events and youth programs

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Nulla 

Project

Forgot your reusable cup this morning? No problem - Nulla has you covered. Just a $5 refundable deposit at participating cafe's 

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Set up a user profile with the app, locate a bike hub, unlock  with your phone and ride! Passes range from hourly to annually

Club 

Kwench

Full-service work and culture club. Stunning co-working space with great membership options and awesome perks

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tool

library

The Victoria Tool Library has an inventory of tools for just about any project that you can access with an annual membership

rEPAIR

Help extend the life of a product by finding ways to repair your existing products. It is amazing how some simple upkeep and maintenance can greatly extend the length of a product’s useful life. By repairing items locally we support our economy, preserve resources and save money.

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Recyclistas Victoria

Recyclistas is a full-service bicycle repair shop, recycling depot and educational work-space.  Check them out for bicycle recycling too

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sEAMSTRESS

A great option for getting your clothes to fit perfectly or to repair some of your favourite pieces extending their life.

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TETRA computers

Specializing in computer repair and refurbished computers their knowledgeable staff will help you with all your tech troubles

COBBLER

Cobblers can give a second life to your shoes and boots.  A great consideration for repairs, sole replacements, new zippers and more

REPAIR

CAFES 

Have some small household items or clothes that need repaired? Check out a repair cafe and get help fixing them for free

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APPLIANCE REPAIR

For your larger home appliance such as washers, dryers, ovens and HVAC systems use a repair specialist

redistribute 

As the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Just because you no longer want something doesn’t mean that no one else does either! For products you would like to dispose of consider if they can be resold, shared, or donated. When looking to make a purchase, consider buying second hand.

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Have a special event coming up? Party and event rentals are a great alternative to purchasing, especially for one time occasions

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SUPPLY CO VICTORIA

SUPPLY redistributes used art, office and school supplies to artists, teachers and students in need of creative materials

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Duchess and duke

Modern vintage consignment clothes. Don't be a part of 'fast fashion' anymore! Get some unique second hand finds here

Used.ca 

Victoria

From used bikes, and camping gear to home appliances, art, furniture and more, Used.ca has it all on one platform 

RESTORE VICTORIA

Home and building supply stores that accept and resell quality new and used building materials, furniture and appliances

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Russel

books

What a way to spend a rainy Victorian afternoon! Russel's has a vast variety of gently used books to satisfy any reader 

Products

Here is a small sampling of a few local businesses that see ‘waste’ materials as a valuable input for their products. From body wash made with smoothie scraps to upcycled wool jackets, Vancouver Island is home to a variety of businesses that have found innovative ways to loop materials back into our economy. When making a purchase look into where the product is made and what materials are used.

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L/L Supply

 L/L Supply exclusively uses upcycled or recycled materials to create long lasting durable apparel for all your adventures

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jusu body & cleaning

All Jusu products are handmade in Victoria using the nutrient rich pulp leftovers from their cold pressed juices

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ANIÁN

Manufactured in Canada from upcycled natural fibers Anián's apparel will keep you looking sharp and cozy

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Burlap coffee bags sourced from local island roasters are upcycled to handcraft these cute totes and other accessories 

Berg + Betts

Sophisticated eco-friendly 

timepieces designed &  assembled in Canada, committed to ethical manufacturing 

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retro repurposed

Furniture and art constructed out of 100% recycled pallets. Check them out on Etsy, Facebook or at a local market

Recycle

Recycling goes far beyond our curbside blue bins! By committing a little time and effort to disposing of objects you no longer have use for, you will find that many items can be given a second life though existing recycling systems. For instance, did you know that you can drop off Styrofoam materials at London Drugs and dead pens can be returned to Staples for recycling.

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staples

Staples can help you recycle some of those challenging office supplies such as pens, ink & toner cartridges and batteries

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my recyclopedia

This great tool allows you to search any items you want to recycle and provides a list of locations to take it to

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Era computers

This non-profit takes your old, damaged electronics and recycles and repairs them to donate to community charities

ergo eco solutions

Ergo recycles used cooking oil from restaurants on the Island and converts it into bio-fuel in the Cowichan Valley

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London Drugs offers recycling services for a wide variety of items such as soft plastics, Styrofoam, small appliances and much more

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ellice recycle

For all of those harder to recycle items such as batteries, drywall, mattresses and more check out Ellice Recycling

Contact

Synergy Sustainability Institute

300-569 Johnson Street 

Victoria, BC V8W 1M2

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