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Ohio's First Zero-Waste Store Opens In Canton

Empty Bin Zero Waste

Ohio’s first zero-waste store is now open for business. The Canton store sells reusable items to replace single-use disposables like straws, facial wipes and sandwich bags.

Theresa Mazey opened Empty Bin Zero Waste after spending two years selling her products at markets and festivals. She says people are taking notice.

“Everyone in Ohio is very receptive to it, which is wonderful,” Mazey says. “Getting into this, I didn’t know how well it would be received, but people are excited and they’re willing to do a little bit more effort to reduce waste in their life.”

About 25% of the products Mazey sells are handmade by her.

She says her biggest seller has been reusable straws made of metal, bamboo or glass.

Her store is located at 310 Fourth St. NW in downtown Canton. A grand opening is scheduled for August 31.

David Williams is an intern at WKSU for summer 2019. A junior at Kent State, Williams is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism. Williams has reported for The Kent Stater, the university’s student-run newspaper, since spring 2018. His interests include history and politics.