Zero waste store ‘Tare Market’ to open second location

Minnesota’s first zero-waste store expands. Tare Market will open a second location in northeast Minneapolis on Earth Day.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Earth Day will mark three years since Minnesota’s first zero-waste store opened its doors. On the same day, Tare Market will celebrate the opening of its second location.

“It really is a community effort,” said Amber Haukedahl, CEO and Founder of Tare Market.

Tare Market opened in south Minneapolis in April 2019.

Haukedahl has a background in environmental studies and conservation biology. Before opening the store, she had started learning about the carbon footprint of our waste.

“I realized that I hadn’t lived as sustainably as I thought because there’s such a large carbon footprint associated with recycling in our waste system,” Haukedahl said.

The United States accounts for about 4% of the world’s population, but is responsible for 12% of its waste, according to a 2019 report.

Tare Market aims to help others live with less waste and make it easier.

“It’s kind of a trailblazer. It’s also one of the few in the United States, so we’re really leading the way,” Haukedahl said.

Tare is the weight of an empty container. Tare Market encourages customers to bring their own containers from home to fill. They also have containers in the store donated by community members and those available on a logged drop system.

The store has an extensive bulk section ranging from food to cleaning supplies to beauty products.

“Our other products that come in packaging are all plastic-free, so they’re either in recyclable packaging or compostable packaging. So the idea is that when you shop here, you’re not creating new waste and you’re not send nothing to the landfill,” Haukedahl said.

Tare Market is expanding. A second location in the Broadway building in northeast Minneapolis will open on Earth Day. The new store will be larger than the original location.

For both locations, customers who cycle to Tare Market can get in-store discounts through a partnership with Bicycle Benefits. There’s also space for hard-to-recycle items like textile waste, electronic cords, and snack wrappers.

Crowdfunding helped launch both stores. The community raised over $13,500 on Indiegogo to help open the northeast Minneapolis site.

“I’m definitely pro-sustainable, with as little waste as possible. It’s not going to be perfect; I’m not perfect, by any means, but I feel better knowing that I’m putting my money to good use,” said said customer Ness Oszast.

Haukedahl said it’s about meeting people where they are. For example, replacing a plastic toothbrush with a bamboo one.

“If everyone does one or two swaps, it will make a huge difference in the amount of waste they create and it will reduce the carbon footprint and really help fight climate change,” Haukedahl said.

Tare Market in northeast Minneapolis is located at 945 Broadway St. NE.

The store opens on Earth Day, April 22. There will be a grand opening party from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tare Market also offers curbside pickup, local delivery, and online shopping.

Know of a local business we should feature for our Behind the Business segment? Email Heidi Wigdahl at [email protected].

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