Q&A with the owner of Bowen's new refill and sustainable supply store

The Watering Can Supply opened last Nov. on the lower road in Artisan Square. The Undercurrent got in touch with owner Casey Kennedy to find out what the business is all about.

What is The Watering Can Supply?

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A refill and sustainable supply store with an emphasis on local Canadian products.

Why do you find it important to sell sustainable products and from mostly Canadian suppliers?

Now more than ever we need to look at our consumption practices and how they serve us, our environment and the world. By choosing sustainable and local products, we are able to give directly back to our communities. I believe people are ready to make greener choices for their families but accessibility can sometimes get in the way. One of my goals in creating The Watering Can Supply is to help make the change easier for people. By choosing eco-friendly products, we’re supporting our families, investing in our health and truly caring for our environment.

What do you refill?

The list keeps growing each week! We have a lot of cleaning and personal hygiene refills. This includes dish detergent, dish soap, laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, stain remover, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, cosmetic oils, floral waters, and lots more. We also carry other sustainable items that are not refillable but are definitely compostable or minimal waste. Things like bamboo toothbrushes, produce bags, baby wipes, cutlery and refillable candles. 

What was your inspiration for opening the store?

It’s personally very important to me to lower my environmental impact, support Canadian companies and support others in leading more sustainable lives. That coupled with a huge leap of faith and a supportive community led me to create The Watering Can Supply. 

Why on Bowen?

Community-based living has always been a huge part of my life and I couldn’t imagine creating the store anywhere else. I love that The Watering Can Supply has allowed me to offer a much-needed service to the community but also provided me with an opportunity to support our neighbours and friends in choosing eco-friendly products. 

What has the local response been?

The support I’ve received has been beyond amazing. I cannot put into words how grateful I am for the amount of love, support, and curiosity I have received. From excitement and congratulations to product suggestions to a friendly hello, it’s truly been a warm welcome. 

 

The Watering Can Supply is open Tuesday to Thursday 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 to 4 p.m. It’s located at #102 - 555 Prometheus Place.

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