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Date(s) - Monday, June 4
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management


Held in Bren Hall 1414.

Every year, North Americans send 50 million tons of food and food packaging waste to landfill, accounting for 45% of all municipal waste. Brianne Miller and Alison Carr share their story of making the leap from academia to entrepreneurship to tackle the plastic pollution problem at the source.

Their Vancouver-based package-free grocery store, Nada, has fostered nationwide interest in the zero waste movement and they have received international praise for their food systems work. A combination of retail, tech, supply chain innovation, and grassroots community building has allowed them to develop a customer base in the thousands, diverting more than 100,000 containers from landfill every year and sparking a city-wide movement to reduce single-use plastics. Food and packaging waste can seem like an inescapable part of modern-day life, yet zero-waste grocery shopping has been growing globally. Brianne and Alison delve into the complexities of a waste-free supply chain and the challenges faced with the logistics of package-free shopping, including accessibility and consumer behavior change. As advocates for everyday small actions to drive positive change, they share tips for living a less wasteful lifestyle — ultimately keeping plastics out of the ocean and contributing to a more just food system.

Brianne Miller is a is a marine biologist turned entrepreneur with a passion for finding creative solutions to complex conservation problems. Brianne is committed to revolutionizing the food system from the ground up. She founded Nada, a certified B-corp on a mission to inspire people to shop for groceries.

Alison Carr, Nada’s COO and people connector extraordinaire, has over ten years of grocery and sustainable food systems experience. Alison builds relationships with growers, suppliers, and community partners while navigating the logistics of package-free shopping. Alison is a British Columbia Business Top 30 under 30 winner and Climate Guides mentor.

Also watch online at https://ucsb.zoom.us/j/251783186.