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We’re on a mission to create healthy, sustainable food systems for Canadians.

That doesn’t just mean selling organically grown food, it means sustainability at every stage of our business, from farm to fork. We’re far from perfect, but we’re proud to say we’re Canada’s most sustainable grocery company!

Food waste is a huge problem, about $31 billion worth of food is wasted in Canada every year! That’s why we’re committed to reducing food waste, and have the lowest (0.5%) food waste of any grocery store in Canada. How?

We donate produce and grocery items to mission-driven organizations that help the hungry. We support QUEST Food Exchange in Vancouver, Bissell Centre & Food Bank in Edmonton, Leftovers in Calgary, and Rainbow Kitchen on Vancouver Island.

As an online store, we only purchase what we think we will actually sell, instead of creating wasteful, overstuffed displays that cause food to expire or get damaged sitting on the shelf.

Many products like local bread, salads, soups, and other meals are made fresh when customers order them, so we don’t over-order these perishable, short shelf life items.

We sell “imperfect” produce items for folks who don’t mind their fruit and veggies with a little more character – unlike other stores which waste produce that isn’t aesthetically pleasing. View our Imperfect Produce >>

Our offices and warehouses compost enthusiastically and transparently – unlike other companies we don’t hide our food waste in locked metal dumpsters.

Sustainable Packaging

Reusable SPUD Bins

Reusable SPUD Bins

We deliver your groceries in sturdy, reusable plastic bins that we wash after every use. Every bin we pack saves approximately 3 plastic bags from the landfill!

Reusable Freezer Jackets

Reusable Freezer Jackets

Insulated and reusable, our freezer jackets keep your food (and the environment) cool! Instead of using throw-away insulation, we pick up freezer jackets, wash them, and reuse them.

Compostable & Recyclable Meal Kit Packaging

Compostable & Recyclable Meal Kit Packaging

Excessive non-recyclable meal kit packaging is a huge problem, so we tirelessly sourced the most sustainable packaging for ours, and have eliminated packaging entirely in some cases!

Packaging is only one part of the sustainable food equation. How your food moves from farm to fork get is just as impactful for the environment! That’s why we’re intentional with where we source food from and how we get it to your door.

SPUD deliveries are like carpooling, but for your groceries. We group customers by postal code and use software that optimizes our delivery routes to be as efficient as possible. This helps to keep our emissions from vehicles as low possible.

Purchasing from nearby farms and producers helps us dramatically reduce transportation emissions: we currently have over 400 local vendors and buy from 48 local farms

We list the distance your food traveled from producer to our warehouse, helping you make educated choices about the impact of the things you buy.

Unlike other stores, we strongly believe we are responsible for the packaging we put out into the world. We are working hard on reusable options for as many packaging applications as possible. When that isn’t available, we equip our customers with the tools to responsibly recycle their product packaging.

Although reusable containers are the best, we still love and support recycling for the products that come in non-reusable packaging. For no extra charge (absolutely free!) we pick up recyclable packaging materials/containers from your SPUD. Including soft plastics! We just ask that you rinse them before placing them in your empty bin for return, so they can be passed along to a processing facility.

Items purchased from us which we are happy to recycle for you include unwanted plastic bags (plastics with 2, 4, and 5 stamped along the bottom of the bag), milk jugs, plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, tetra pak, and plastic containers (Pete 1, HDPA 2, V3, LDPE 4, PP 5, PS 6).

There are tons of ways we can all be more sustainable in our personal lives, so we scour the land collecting tips for reducing food waste, saving energy and more. If you’re keen to learn, check out our Let’s Not Waste articles on the SPUD blog to start.

WE’RE A CERTIFIED B CORPORATION.

SPUD is proud to be a certified B Corporation – a new kind of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee. B Corps are for-profit companies certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Benefiting people and the environment is written into our legal DNA.

We’re proud to add our name to a network of over 2,000 like-minded companies in over 50 countries around the world.

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