Tuesday, August 08, 2017

TIPS OF THE MONTH: Cleaners, drugs and pesticides, how to keep our water and gardens clean?

New York City has some of the best water in the country but we can’t afford to take it for granted. Rather than sending toxic chemicals down the drain, use non-hazardous alternatives like lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda and plant oils for household cleaning, or buy nontoxic cleaning products from the coop.

 Prescription and non-prescription drugs are released into the environment when flushed down toilets and sinks. Water from the Croton watershed, which supplies New York City with drinking water, contains detectable levels of pharmaceuticals. To find out how to dispose of drugs without polluting our water, visit www.Riverkeeper.org

Nobody wants bugs devouring their butternut squash, beetles killing their roses or poison ivy savaging
their skin. That said, Roundup and similar pesticides poison our soil, water and air – while supporting the
world’s worst agribusinesses.
Plant pest-resistant, native species and hand pull weeds. Think of it as

Thursday, May 04, 2017

News and Updates: TerraCycle Vote at May 30th GM /Change of Collection dates/ Collection guidelines

Hello Coop Members and Friends of The Environmental Committee,

 Those in support of TerraCycle please make an effort to go to the GM on MAY 30th and vote in favor on continuing this project. 

Here is the wording of the proposal to be voted on. 

Given the success, popularity, and continued requests for the plastic film collection we are making the following VOTE PROPOSAL:
—Establish a baseline annual budget of $5000 to continue an ongoing TerraCycle Fee Based Zero Waste Plastic Film collection with a caveat of up to an additional $1500 in  bridge money as approved by the General Coordinators dependent on growth of the collection. 
—Any permanent increase in the yearly budget will be taken up with the membership as needed given use, demand, and/or expansion of the Plastic Film collection.
*Please Make Note:Schedule Of Collection Change: the Saturday May 27th TerraCycle collection has been moved up to Saturday the 20th due to the Memorial Day weekend.
Plastic Film Collection Guidelines
Thank you for your support and participation in the TerraCycle Plastic Film Collection!
If you are making a deposit to the Plastic Film Collection, please be prepared to show your Coop membership card.
Please do not leave the collection until your entire deposit has been vetted, as we will return items to you that are not appropriate for the collection.
All items should be clean/rinsed as needed, and free of any food.
Please sort out all the Free Brigade items from the rest of your plastic film deposit.
Please be aware that we DO NOT ACCEPT the following:
*Dry cleaner bags
*Packing material of any kind
*Newspaper and magazine wrapping
*Packaging from products NOT PURCHASED at the Coop
*Branded packaging from any other store (e.g., Trader Joe’s, 360 WholeFoods, etc.)
*Shopping bags of any kind
*Large quantities of cling wrap or shrink wrap— – quantities must come from purchases at the Coop
*Roll bags from other stores
*Any item that can go in the Brigade collection (e.g., energy bar wrappers, cereal bag liners, etc.)
*Any other plastic not associated with Coop purchases
*Dirty, sticky plastic film or with food still on or in it
Please, if you want this collection to keep going and growing, please make a donation, especially if you are dropping off a large amount of plastic film waste.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Coop Environmental Committee is joining the “Stop Climate Change” rally in New York 4/22

Hello and Welcome to the Environmental Committee Blog.
 It's spring time and EARTH DAY is approaching.
 Due to the emergency nature of U.S. threats to the world’s efforts to reduce climate change, rather than do educational tabling for Earth Day, this year the Coop Environmental Committee is joining the “Stop Climate Change” rally in New York and asking all interested Coop members to stand with us behind the Environmental Committee banner. If you would like to be part of our presence at the Earth Day Climate Change Rally, please meet us in front of the Coop at 11:15 on Saturday, April 22 so we can travel together to Folly Square.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Re: Tip of The Month (Reusable/Recyclable)

Happy New Year! It's 2017 and time to look at how we can make our shopping trips more Eco friendly to the planet.

From the "Form Healthy Habits" website:

 Opt for Reusable Products

Reusable products are less likely to end up in landfills, reducing your impact on the environment. Plus, despite their upfront cost being slightly higher, this type of product will save you money in the long-run. Ditch the paper plates, plastic cups, and disposable grocery bags and opt for reusable items instead.

Look for Recyclable Packaging 

 You can, of course, make your shopping trips greener by looking for products packaged in recyclable or reusable packages. As far as recycling goes, take a look at the packages you are buying and look for the “recyclable” icons on the plastic or can– then make sure you actually remember to recycle when you're finished with the product. In terms of reuse, glass jars and plastic containers can be used to store buttons, craft supplies, and even leftovers. All you have to do is make a conscious effort to buy things you can work with instead of things that will simply be thrown away.