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4 Back to School Tips to Buy Only What You Need

4 Back to School Tips to Buy Only What You Need

September is fast approaching and if you’re a parent, chances are you’ve got a long shopping list that includes kids clothes, school supplies, snacks and accessories. The back to school shopping season can be pretty stressful for any parent, especially if you are trying to be mindful of your overall consumption. To make this chaotic time of year a little easier on your wallet and the planet, try following these 4 tips:
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KPU Farm Tour

KPU Farm Tour

One of the easiest ways for Jarr to reduce packaging waste throughout the supply chain is to buy local and direct. And, when it comes to produce, it too often comes individually wrapped in plastic or packed bulk in plastic to protect it over the many kilometers it travels by truck to get to us.
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Jarr and Nada Team Unite

Jarr is Now Part of Nada!

Jarr and Nada are teaming up to strengthen the circular economy!

So, what does that mean? The Jarr brand and website all remain the same (no change for you!) but our partnership with Nada will strengthen the circular economy and make package-free living more accessible in Metro Vancouver. Our core mission has always been to reduce packaging waste in the world, and partnered with Nada we will be even more successful at just that.
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Make Breakfast for Mom this Mother's Day!

Make Breakfast for Mom this Mother's Day!

Breakfast in bed is a Mother's Day tradition for many families. Not sure what to make? Read on for breakfast inspiration that kids can help with. From simple avocado toast to crepes and pancakes, find all kinds of ways to spoil her! Gift ideas can also be found here.

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Opinion: Without Government Investment in Reusables, Earth Day will Never be Zero Waste

Opinion: Without Government Investment in Reusables, Earth Day will Never be Zero Waste

Around Earth Day, many people consider how they can help reduce their impact on the planet. Reducing plastic consumption has been a top choice, but many have realized that without big changes by industry and government, there is only so much plastic they can personally eliminate. This can be especially frustrating knowing industry has increased our plastic production exponentially since the 1950’s.
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Spotlight on Local Women Owned Businesses

Spotlight on Local Women Owned Businesses

International Women's Day is on March 8th, and March is Women's History month. To celebrate we're putting a spotlight on our favourite women owned and women led local businesses that are making history. 
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Nelli’s Chickpea “Cookie Dough” Recipe

Nelli’s Chickpea “Cookie Dough” Recipe

When I’m craving a sweet snack at night or during the daytime (usually after my daily run), I eat a jar of homemade chickpea cookie dough. This recipe came about when I really wanted vegan cookie dough BUT I did not want to leave my apartment. My pantry wasn’t stocked, so I was face-to-face with its sole habitant - a large jar of dry chickpeas. I was desperate, so I threw the ingredients below in my blender and customized it to my liking. 1.5 years later, this is one of my favourite snacks / occasional breakfast. 
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Nelli's Easiest Nut Milk Ever

Nelli's Easiest Nut Milk Ever

Using Nut Butter – No Soaking or Straining Required!

Ingredients:
3 tbsp almond butter (OR peanut butter, if you’re a fan)
3 cups water
2-3 pitted dates

Optional: maple syrup, honey, vanilla extract, sea salt, and/or cinnamon or other spices to add flavour to your milk

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Paulina's Vegan Lazy Fried Beans

Paulina's Vegan Lazy Fried Beans

These pinto beans are that warm hug I need whenever I’m feeling homesick (which is almost every week). Mexicans say that our fridge can be empty, but if we have beans in the freezer, we are ready to eat (usually with tortillas, crackers or bread ❤️ ). 
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Vegetarian — 30 Years Later

Vegetarian — 30 Years Later

When I was 11, two classmates a grade older than me challenged me with a question, “how is eating a cow different from eating your pet?” My 11 year old brain couldn’t come up with a solid response. Right then, my meat loving self made the decision to continue eating meat UNTIL my birthday (I had a birthday party planned at The Keg) and then, I would stop eating meat entirely. That was almost 30 years ago.
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Jarr and Fulfill Shoppe — Better together!

Jarr and Fulfill Shoppe — Better together!

In early 2020, when I was getting ready to launch Jarr in East Vancouver, I had no idea that Pam and Lori were also in the midst of building the Fulfill Shoppe in the Port Coquitlam area. It turns out, we were both on the same path creating zero-waste businesses to serve our own communities. Not only that, we were all busy working moms that saw a specific need for a delivery-based refillery to make package-free living more convenient. When my sister, Claire came on board with Jarr in the summer of 2020 after her maternity leave, Jarr and Fulfill Shoppe, suddenly had even more in common, we were both run by sisters.
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Emily's Refill at Home Routine

Emily's Refill at Home Routine

Zero-waste blogs and influencers often show their labeled pantries and beautiful glass containers, but to me it all looks a little too perfect. In reality, the most sustainable thing you can do is take a look around your house for containers that you already own, and opt to refill them instead of buying new ones. Here is a break-down of my refill process at home, and a TikTok video of the containers that work for me.
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