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Our Impact This Year

Looking back on 2021, this year has had its ups and downs. With COVID, natural disasters and heat waves causing havoc, its important to celebrate the wins! With your help, we were able to divert a lot of single-use packaging from landfills, recycling systems and waterways this year...and that is some environmental news we can feel good about.

These calculations are estimates based on collaborative work with students at BCIT. They represent the amount of single-use packaging used in a typical grocery store shop compared to what you receive in your zero-waste bins with Jarr. While many of the items listed are recyclable, they are still single-use in their existing form. We know that recycling is a helpful tool, but deposit based systems, like ours, are so much more sustainable in the long term. Hooray for the circular economy!

Keep in mind that this report doesn't take into account the packaging we avoid all across the supply chain by using returnable containers with our bulk suppliers, so we actually estimate our impact to be even higher! You can read more about our methods in this blog: How Jarr Reduces Waste Throughout the Supply Chain 

The Stats:

22,949 pieces of soft plastic (this includes things like bread bags, plastic wrap, salad bags etc.)

9,216 pieces of hard plastic (this includes clam shell containers, peanut butter jars, yogurt containers, detergent containers, milk jugs and more!)

24,997 soft plastic bags (produce bags and shopping bags)

2,699 glass jars (many jars are immediately recycled and not re-used, this represents those jars)

2,141 cardboard cartons (milk cartons, cereal boxes, cracker boxes etc.)

698 pieces of mixed material (chip bags, laminated paper, coffee canisters, candy wrappers etc.)

325 paper bags (while we do use some paper bags, we use them sparingly because we know replacing plastic with paper still causes environmental harm)

269 tin cans (cans of tomato sauce, canned vegetables etc.)

265 glass bottles (many glass bottles are immediately recycled and not re-used, this represents those bottles)

74 pieces of foil (foil wrappers for chocolate bars, pre-made meals etc.)


TOTAL: 63,724 pieces of single-use packaging

Thanks for helping us make a difference in our community. Thanks for being part of the circular economy!

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- Emily

Emily Sproule is the founder of Jarr, a mom of two young school age children and an environmentalist doing the best she can with the time she has. Emily lives in East Vancouver, is passionate about business as a force for change and is excited to bring package-free grocery delivery to Metro Vancouver.

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