The concept of “zero-waste living” had been popping up in large Canadian cities such as Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, London, and Halifax, and is thriving in European countries so I thought…why not bring it to Northern Ontario!? 

The Nickel Refillery was started by a group of motivated women and some incredible support from community members who all longed for a shop that could help decrease single-use plastic waste. 

Although much has changed since the shop opened, a few things remain the same: 

Our storefront offers a large range of unpackaged or sustainably packaged household, personal care and food products.

We support knowledge sharing, inclusive learning environments and community collaboration.

We value humility and kindness along the journey to zero waste. 

We support our community and will always try to offer solutions for waste related challenges. 

We will always try our best.