Walking into Salt Spring Island’s newest grocery retailer, customers might not realize they are part of a movement to change the world. But after shopping in green, Canada’s first zero waste, low impact grocery store, it’s obvious that the store and its inspiring owners are on the leading edge of a grocery revolution.
green, which officially opened June 25th, is 100 per cent committed to providing zero waste, locally sourced, natural products at a fair market price for the citizens of Salt Spring Island, the most populous of B.C.’s Gulf Islands. After only a few months, selfproclaimed environmental crusader and owner Crystal Lehky is confident of the store’s success. “I know a thing or two about viability and where numbers need to be,” she explains, “and I can tell you that this business is not going anywhere.”
Lehky and her husband, Co-Owner Kevin Feisel, moved to Salt Spring specifically to open green. Tired of her management job at a large grocery retailer in northern B.C., Lehky had been seeking an inspiring new business venture. Although her mother insisted she needed to find her passion for a business to be both meaningful and successful, Lehky wasn’t convinced…until she discovered that very passion quite unexpectedly.
Read the rest of the story in our Sept/Oct issue of Western Grocer on Page 46