Siblings in life and business are becoming one.
Port Coquitlam sisters Pam McEwin and Lori Crump are merging their zero-waste delivery business, Fulfill Shoppe, with Vancouver-based Jarr, that’s also run by sisters: Emily and Claire Sproule.
The single enterprise will run under the Jarr name and continue to serve the Tri-Cities while extending the reach of Fulfill’s products that it sources from local suppliers like Carina Organics and PoCo Soap Co. into Vancouver, West and North Vancouver, Bowen Island, Burnaby, Richmond and New West.
Meanwhile, Fulfill’s customers in the Tri-Cities will get access to more items offered by Jarr.
Emily Sproule, who founded Jarr in June 2020, said the amalgamation made sense as both businesses started within months of each other and share a similar mission to combat the waste created by single-use packaging by making refilling easier and more convenient.
"I couldn't believe that there were other busy moms, like me, out there trying to combat single-use packaging waste by making refilling easier — through delivery," she said in a press release.
The deal was consummated last week on Instagram Live and Jarr will make its first delivery in the Tri-Cities on Feb. 10.
McEwin and Crump launched their venture in January 2020 after watching one too many documentaries on TV about the consequences of climate change.
As they adjusted their own families’ lifestyles to be more conscious of their use of single-use packaging and realized reducing that wasn’t as difficult as they’d feared, they saw a business opportunity.
Out of a commissary kitchen in PoCo’s Dominion Triangle area, McEwin and Crump package dry pantry bulk goods like organic rice, flour, quinoa, crackers, pastas, nuts and coffee, as well as cleaning supplies and beauty products such as shampoo and conditioner into reusable jars that they then deliver in their electric vehicle to their online customers.
When the containers are empty, they pick up and clean them and the cycle begins again.
Effective immediately, Fulfill’s customers will place their online orders through Jarr's website.