WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A year and a half ago Purdue graduate student Holly Chan thought about creating a business called "The Hero Store."
"[I said] 'Oh my gosh I have it,'" Chan said. "It was kind of like a eureka kind of moment."
Daniel Nolan had the same feeling when Chan brought the idea to him.
"She came to me in the spring and she said 'Hey I have this idea I want to make an impact, I want to make a grocery store that has zero waste,'" Nolan said. "I was like 'that is awesome.'"
Chan said The Hero Store will be a grocery store where consumers can bring reusable containers to fill up with local and healthy food.
Chan said the idea will help reduce waste at the landfill.
"Right now one third of our nation's trash is due to containers and packaging," Chan said. "We find there is a really great opportunity to get rid of really wasteful packaging at the forefront by having this reusable container method."
Chan and Nolan joined with two other team members to launch the business, including Zach Damato.
Damato said his upbringing has built a love of sustainability in him.
"Growing up in the kitchen, always creating the leftovers to another meal and not throwing it away," Damato said. "It just wasn't in my mind set."
Another step group members hope will help The Hero Store is winning Entrepreneur Magazine's College Entrepreneur of the Year. Chan is up for the honor.
The winner will be based on the highest number of votes and will get $5,000, along with a business profile in the magazine. Chan said what is most important is a win, which would get people thinking about their own lives.
"We need to look at what we're doing as far as our consumption behaviors and as far as our health and wellness goes," Chan said.
They hope to have a location by early next year.
To vote for Chan and see other finalists for the College Entrepreneur of the Year click here.
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