Live Green

How does your co-op help protect the environment?

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Reducing Food Waste by donating to local food banks

For food that is nearing its expiration date, we have weekly donation pick-ups from the local food banks. This reduces waste and feeds those in need of a healthy meal.

Reducing toxins in the landfill by recycling 1,726 lbs of batteries & 537 CFL bulbs

We accept the following battery types: A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9-Volt, mercury, nickel, cadmium, magnesium, nickel -metal hybrid, alkaline, iron, zinc-carbon, silver, watch, and other “button type” batteries. We DO NOT accept lithium or rechargeable batteries. All batteries must be NON-LEAKING & NON-CORRODED. Please cover the POSITIVE side of each battery with tape to prevent fires during transport. We accept compact flourescent bulbs for recycling.

Reducing trash in the landfill by recycling 192,816 lbs of co-mingled items.

We partner with organizations that make a direct positive impact on the environment, such as Terracycle and Pur Project.

The Terracycle Recycling Program works to help recycle certain “non-recyclable” items. Your co-op is now recycling baby and adult food squeeze pouches and their caps. We are also accepting hair care, skin care, and cosmetic product packaging. In addition, we are recycling energy bar wrappers and oral care products, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. Pur Project is a collective that helps organizations like NCG make a positive impact on climate change by facilitating reforestation projects. The Co-op Forest is part of the Alto Huayabamba Project located in northern Peru along the Huayabamba River. The Alto Huayabamba Project promotes sustainable agroforestry among 2,000 small-scale indigenous cacao farmers associated with the ACOPAGRO co-op. ACOPAGRO cooperative helps ensure both environmental sustainability and social stability. Farmers who participate in the Alto Huayabamba Project receive compensation for planting and maintaining native trees, as well as guidance on sustainable agroforestry techniques. We also partner with local businesses who share our values through our Community Partners Program.

We are now a Maryland Green Registry Member! Visit the Green Registry for more information on this program and the businesses that qualify. You can also view our page specifically. In addition to partnering with environmentally-conscious organizations and local businesses, we are also environmentally conscious in the following ways:

  1. We use green register paper so our register receipts are BPA and phenol free.
  2. We utilize LED lighting in the store, ensuring less energy consumption and less bulbs in landfills.
  3. We have replaced old coolers that had ozone-depleting hydrocarbons with new coolers that use a natural refrigerant “propane.”
  4. We installed an electric car charging station just outside the outdoor cafe seating area. So far, it has displaced 455 gallons of fuel and reduced over 8,800 pounds of greenhouse gases!