Thursday, April 18, 2013

Park Slope Food Coop's Roll Bag Phase Out

The Environmental Committee of the Park Slope Food Coop is responsible for monitoring and assisting change towards more sustainable environmental practices.  It should also provide the fuel which keeps pushing the coop's environmental consciousness "envelope" and continue to set a visible example for coops, stores and our city.  It has done this since its founding and we hope will continue to do so.  This isn't the whole purpose of the coop, but it's one of it's stated missions. 

The Environmental Committee will provide education where needed, and find answers to all the concerns which have been brought forth about the plastic roll bag phase out.

With all of us working together for more real environmental change, we can make it happen, without the coop or its members suffering any ill effects.

Please see the post on this blog about the coop's General Meeting on May 28th and vote to make the coop ever more responsible to the environment and to all of our members' needs.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

General Meeting May 28th - Plastic Bag Phase Out Vote

At the General Meeting on Tuesday, May 28, Coop members will be asked to vote on the following proposal:

"To phase out the free distribution of plastic roll bags on the Coop’s shopping floor by 6 months from the date of the GM vote. Shoppers are welcome to reuse plastic bags already taken from the Coop and elsewhere. Environmental Committee and other concerned Coop members will continue to work with our General Coordinators to educate our membership, provide a wider range of light-weight reusable bags for purchase, and determine the most equitable and sustainable adjustments for weighing produce and bulk products."

The Environmental Committee has sponsored this proposal with the support of many concerned Coop members, in ongoing dialogue with our General Coordinators. We welcome the growing awareness and discussion of this issue in the Gazette, at General Meetings and elsewhere, and want everyone to understand the issues at stake.

Our Mission Statement and Environmental Policy commit the Coop to what is known as a “triple bottom line,” or TBL. First introduced in the mid-1990s as an accounting framework to evaluate the sustainability of business ventures, the TBL integrates concern for the “three P’s” of Profits, People, and the Planet.

In other words, the Coop is obligated in its bottom-line impact to balance financial success with social and environmental sustainability.

Read more of this recent Committee Report in The Line Waiter's Gazette (PDF) and join us at the May 28th General Meeting!
  • The meeting is at Middle School 51, 5th Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets at 7pm. 
  • If you would like to get work slot credit for attending the meeting, please remember to use the signup sheet near the front elevator.