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The Guardian - ‘Business was a way for me to cope with climate anxiety’: How opening a zero-waste store helped a college student

September 2022

Maria Vasco knew from a young age that she was going to have a career fighting the climate crisis. 

She fulfilled her dream, but not the way she originally imagined.As a student at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, working toward her goal of becoming an environmental lawyer, Vasco spent some time studying in Spain. It was there, in the summer of 2019, that she stumbled upon a shop specializing in environmentally sustainable goods such as bamboo toothbrushes and plastic-free shampoo refills. At the time, Boston didn’t have any zero-waste stores – retailers that eliminate unsustainable packaging and only sell products that are plastic-free – and Vasco realized that she could fill an important gap in her hometown market.

BBJ 40 Under 40: Maria Vasco

Boston Business Journal

August 2023

The Boston Business Journal has announced this year’s 40 Under 40 honorees — from young founders and CEOs to rising stars at some of the region's biggest companies.

Local Love Boston

August 2023

Watch as one local single goes on three blind dates doing curated activities in their city (including a zero waste date at Uvida). While looking for love, the daters also develop a love for new things to do in Boston. Featured episode: "Soulful Activist Seeks an Inspiring Equal"

Best of Boston Home

June 2022

Whether you’re pining for a whole-house makeover or a sprightly new look for a tired room, you’ll find all the inspiration you need in our annual guide to the region’s top design pros, craftspeople, and shops.

Chronicle TV

July 2022
Uvida in Boston’s North End brands itself “Boston’s first zero waste shop,” and offers plastics-free alternatives to single-use plastic products.

Boston Globe

June 2021

For Maria Vasco, the road to opening a North End storefront for her zero-waste shop began with bamboo toothbrushes. Uvida, which Vasco started as an online venture while a senior at UMass Boston, is a one-stop-shop for these vegan, plastic-free, and zero-waste alternatives.

Boston Magazine

February 2022

How to Save the Planet Right Here in Boston 
You already drive a hybrid, use cloth bags at the grocery store, and recycle (ahem, most of the time). What more is there to do for Mother Earth? 

UMass Boston News

November 2021

Young Entrepreneur with a Vision Maria Vasco’s ’20 passion for environmental advocacy and sustainability started during her freshman year.

Bold Types in The Boston Globe - "Meet Maria Camila Vasco, the 23-year-old who opened Boston’s first zero-waste store"

July 2021

Maria Camila Vasco wants to change how we shop, one toothbrush at a time. The 23-year-old is the owner of Boston’s first zero-waste store, Uvida in the North End, which opened last year during the pandemic. In the latest episode of the Globe’s Bold Types video series, Vasco shared the story of how she built her company while still an undergrad at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and how her parents, who both own storefronts in East Boston, pushed her toward a path of entrepreneurship.

Vasco says she became interested in efforts to reduce her plastic use while taking environmental studies classes in college. She considered it an awakening.


July 2021

Un Café con María: Emprendedora de UVIDA ShopMaría Vasco es la mujer emprendedora detrás de la primera tienda ‘0 waste‘ en Boston.


August 2021

A 23-year-old from Boston has opened up the first zero waste store in Boston. Her goal is to help make sustainability fun and easy for people in the city.

Huntington News

March 2021

Latina-owned UVida hopes to combat climate change by bringing zero-waste to Boston

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How Gen-Z Is Turning Into The Zero Waste Generation

August 2021

“Code Red" -- that's the alarming state of our planet's health, according to a United Nations climate change report, published this month.

Envisioning a Zero-Waste Future

November 2021

Maria Vasco returns to UMass Boston to discuss how her vision became reality by opening Boston’s first zero-waste store.

Boston Native Opens a Sustainable Shop

July 2021

At first glance, the UVIDA shop looks like something straight from a Pinterest feed...

Maria Vasco, the Young Latina Entrepreneur Who Wants To ‘Give Life’ Through Her Zero-Waste Store

August 2021

Latinas continue to make waves at the forefront of eco-responsible entrepreneurship. This time it is the story of Maria Vasco, a young immigrant from Boston, who has made headlines for her zero-waste store, Uvida.

As reported by Zenger News, Maria Vasco is a Latina born in Cali, Colombia, who immigrated to East Boston when she was just four years old. She attended college and was undocumented until her junior year, making her ineligible for federal financial aid.

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Boston Common Magazine - 7 Boston Stores With Perfect Holiday Host Gifts

November 2023

Pay your compliments to the hostess with a gift from one of Boston Common's favorite local boutiques.

Send your hostess and the environment some love with a climate-conscious gift from Uvida Shop, Boston’s first zero-waste store. These quality products cover everything from kitchenware to pet care, delivering eco-friendly luxury that eschews the harmful use of single-use plastics. To fend off the winter blues, stuff a care basket with the bamboo facial roller, aromatic coconut candle and an essential skin kit for some post-party pampering.

Roaming Boston

July 2022

Uvida is the only zero waste store in the city center, and it offers personal care items, pet care items, household items, and plants.

Time Out Boston

December 2021

This Boston store strives to support the zero waste way of life with its inventory of sustainable—yet still wicked cute—products.


September 2021

Boston’s first zero waste shop reminds customers to give back to the earth. Student-turned-entrepreneur Maria Vasco is taking her business to the next level.


August 2022

The 50 best gift and souvenir shops, specialty and artisan stores in Boston. Get ready to experience the best places in Boston.


June 2022

Boston and its surrounding neighborhoods have been reliant upon its small businesses over the past year. We are telling the story of those businesses and the impact they've made on our city.

Fenway High School

July 2021

Fenway alums are doing AMAZING things and we continue to be so proud they are part of our community.

The Scope Boston

December 2020

Latina-owned zero waste shop UVIDA helps customers use less plastic

Love Local

July 2022

UVIDA is Boston’s first refill shop. Created by a young entrepreneur who’s working to create a more sustainable world, one purchase at a time.

NBC Boston

August 2021

A 23-year-old from Boston has opened up the first zero waste store in Boston. Her goal is to help make sustainability fun and easy for people in the city.

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