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Kate Pepler

2023 Fellow

Owner and CEO, The Tare Shop

CWIB Project: The Tare Shop

Kate Pepler graduated from Dalhousie University with a BA in Sustainability, Environmental Science and a minor in Marine Biology. For a year after completing her degree, she was feeling overwhelmed with the doom and gloom narrative of our Earth’s health. This led to her “Eureka!” moment of creating The Tare Shop which combines all of her passions—oceans, reducing plastic pollution, environmental education, and fostering community—into one community-based business.

The Tare Shop is a package-free coffee shop and bulk store. As the first package-free store in Halifax, Canada they provide alternatives to over-packaged food, household, and personal items. Founded by Kate in October 2018, with locations in central Halifax and downtown Dartmouth, The Tare Shop aims to reduce barriers and encourage more sustainable living. You can grab your coffee, groceries, beauty supplies, and more, all package-free. They also host engaging community events such as workshops and lectures. Like any great idea, The Tare Shop was born out of a burning need and desire to do better. As a certified B Corp, they constantly strive to improve their score and plan to reapply for the certification every 3 years.

What Kate can offer other fellows:

Kate can help other fellows develop and implement sustainability in their business.

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