Following years as friendly competitors, two Vancouver-based sustainability startups have decided to join forces for the greater good.
Nada is a certified B Corporation and was Vancouver’s first package-free grocery store and delivery service when the company was founded in 2015. The organization announced this month that it has acquired Jarr, a certified living wage and package-free grocery delivery company also operating out of the city.
“Teaming up with Jarr is such an incredible opportunity to leverage our collective expertise and to scale a circular food system model to more communities in BC,” said Brianne Miller of Nada.
“I am thrilled that Jarr has been welcomed under the Nada umbrella,” said Emily Sproule of Jarr.
Since launching, Nada and Jarr combined have diverted more than 1.3 million containers from landfill.
“The petroleum industry is projected to ramp up plastic production over the next 10 years and as we head into an unprecedented period of inflation, this partnership between Jarr and Nada becomes even more important,” explains Sproule. “United with Nada, Jarr will be able to keep offering customers package-free alternatives and reaching more customers in the process.”
Jarr and Nada say they will continue to offer carbon-free and low-emission delivery by electric cargo bike with Shift Delivery Co-Op and electric car with Modo Co-Op in addition to their own electric fleet.
“We’re excited to keep bringing more package-free & responsibly sourced products to customers looking for more sustainable options, while reducing the carbon footprint of grocery shopping one basket at a time,” said Miller.
For those wanting to give package-free shopping a try, Jarr and Nada shoppers can use code “PlasticFreeJuly” at checkout on their first online order this month.