Oliver and I cycled out to the Zero Waste Night Market tonight at Riverview Country Market. There was a good crowd of people in attendance, including a healthy cross-section of the Green caucus, sampling the wares of vendors gathered in the parking lot. There was soap and cider and chocolate and coffee and tomatoes and all manner of bulk shampoo.
The evening wasn’t religiously zero-waste; less-waste or sorry-for-the-waste were predominant. But it certainly scored better than a night at Sobeys. Especially because we came equipped with reusable containers.
It’s pretty easy to get to Riverview from downtown by bicycle, with the multiuse trail along Riverside Drive; the route could use some improving, though, both in trail upkeep and in the confusing need to navigate Park Street to get to and from Confederation Trail. We talked about this at this week’s meeting of the Mayor’s Task Force on Active Transportation, and I’m hopeful improvements will come, especially when the Provincial Government Garage closes.