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Kardish Introduces 100% Compostable Bags, Discontinues Single-Use Plastic Bags

Kardish hopes this change will help make Ottawa more environmentally friendly

 

Tuesday, March 22, 2021

OTTAWA — Kardish Health Food Centre, Ottawa’s largest health food retailer, today announced that they have discontinued the use of single-use plastic bags for a compostable alternative made of potato starch. Kardish hopes this will encourage more natural health companies to offer more environmentally-friendly options. 

“We focus so much on natural health and sustainability here at Kardish that it only makes sense to stop using single-use plastic bags,” says Robert Assaf, President of Kardish Food Centre. “Kardish wants to do its part to contribute to a more sustainable future, and it starts with steps like this one. Reusable bags are welcome in store and we will be providing a compostable alternative otherwise.”

According to Oceana, 2.8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in Canadian landfills every year – equivalent to the weight of 24 CN towers. According to the Canadian government, Canadians use almost 15 billion plastic bags every year. Kardish wants to help lower this number.

“Kardish has always supported the health of the local community, and I’m happy to see the team add the health of the environment to their list of efforts and contributions,” says Nora Munro, a store manager at the Kardish Westgate Mall location. “The Kardish team is always going above and beyond when it comes to giving back, whether that’s to the community or the environment. I’m proud to work here.” 

 

About Kardish Health Food Centre 

Kardish Health Food Center is Ottawa’s leading health food retailer. Kardish, founded in 1979,  is committed to making it easy for you to discover well-being solutions that work for you. With more than seven retail locations in Ottawa, Kardish makes it easy for you to access a wide selection of specialty health and bulk foods, gluten-free products, natural health and beauty aids, vitamins, and other natural health supplements. Kardish Health Food Centre has been recognized as an industry and community leader, winning the Ottawa Business Journal Employee’s Choice Award, the Best Ottawa Business Award, and the Canadian Health Food Association Award for Excellence in Retailing.

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Kardish And Foodsharing Ottawa Make Large Donation To The Smith Falls Community Food Bank

Left to right: Melinda Assaf (Kardish Owner and CFO), Robert Assaf (Kardish Owner and President), Laurie Bruce (Foodsharing Ottawa Rescue Driver)

At Kardish, we're passionate about making lives better and supporting the health of our local community. That’s why we regularly partner with organizations such as Foodsharing Ottawa, a non-profit organization that reduces food waste by rescuing surplus food from local businesses and donating it back to the community where it’s needed.

Kardish has made frequent donations to Foodsharing Ottawa since the group was founded in 2015. This month, Kardish donated hundreds of pounds of tasty and healthy food, including essential grains, dried fruits, and vitamins.

“Community support has always been a core value to Kardish,” said Robert Assaf, President & owner of Kardish Health Food Centre. “In Ottawa, 1 in 7 households struggle with food insecurity. We hope that food donations like ours can help to change this statistic.” 

Foodsharing Ottawa volunteer Laurie Bruce picked up this month’s donation from the Kardish warehouse and delivered the food to the Smith Falls Food Community Bank

Natalia Soteroff, Smiths Falls Community Food Bank Manager, said that the Kardish food donation will be put to good use this Fall. 

“Food insecurity is a battle that Ottawa will continue to face for a long time,” said Natalia. “It is through support from local businesses like Kardish that we can help our community’s vulnerable and hungry.”

For more information on Kardish’s community involvement, visit: https://kardish.com/pages/community-support

About Kardish Health Food Centre 

Kardish Health Food Centre is Ottawa’s leading health food retailer. Founded in 1979, Kardish is committed to making it easy for you to discover well-being solutions that work for you. With seven retail locations across Ottawa, its easy to access a wide selection of specialty health and bulk foods, gluten-free products, natural health and beauty aids, vitamins, and other natural health supplements. Kardish is an industry and community leader and has won the Ottawa Business Journal Employee’s Choice Award, the Best Ottawa Business Award, and the Canadian Health Food Association Award for Excellence in Retailing.

About Foodsharing Ottawa

Foodsharing Ottawa was founded in 2015 by a group of volunteers passionate about reducing food waste. Our main focus is on rescuing surplus food from local businesses such as grocery stores and restaurants and donating it back to the community where it’s needed. Through this work, we are helping to reduce the environmental impact of food waste and address food insecurity in our community. https://foodsharingottawa.com/

About Smiths Falls Community Food Bank

Established in 1997 by Wilma Oatway and a group of dedicated volunteers, the Smiths Falls Community Food Bank operates on the premise that in a world where we have so much, no one should go hungry. We are an emergency community service providing food to our community as needed and as available. http://www.smithsfallscommunityfoodbank.org/

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