Zero Waste UTM and the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union teamed up with multiple local stores for a Zero Waste Farmers Market on October 3rd. The businesses that sold products at the famers market include Bees are Life, Marigold’s Maple Syrup, Captain Jamie’s, the Upcyclery and Enfleurage Organizers, and Bare Market.

“We have all organic, safe to use, FDA approved products,” said Dayne from Bare Market. “We are based in Toronto, but often set up in Mississauga to promote out products, and to promote a healthy lifestyle and reducing our waste.”

Selling everyday household items from homemade household cleaners to detergents, pet shampoo to cosmetics in bulk, and reusable sanitary products to metal straws, Bare Market’s stall attracted a large crowd.

“We have the farmer’s market every year, and this year the theme is zero waste,” said Erin Andrews from Zero Waste UTM. “We want students to know about the carbon footprint they are generating, and making sure people know about the alternative, green products people have to offer.”

Both Marigold’s Maple Syrup and Bees are Life had locally produced maple syrup and honey. Bees are Life was also selling beeswax hand cream, soaps, roll-on deodorants, body lotion, and candles. They also had mason jars full of pure bee pollen on display as well.

“We at Upcyclery believe in living in harmony with the environment, and reducing personal waste. That’s why all our products are made from recycled material,” said Sarah Kern showing off her colourful collection of produce bags, handkerchiefs, and food wraps.

Next to Upcyclery was Captain Jamie’s, whose table showcased organic, homemade personal hygiene products, from soap bars to skin toners

Later in the day, UTMSU’s Vice-President Equity, Leena Arbaji held a panel discussion with some of the vendors. Arbaji mentioned the importance of sustainability and using environment-friendly products.