This portion of our website is under construction as we assemble information regarding our sustainability and Co+Efficient projects!
We have complementary paper bags, and affordable options in glass and cloth as well - but you can bring your own from home and save even more. Our shoppers can use any container from their home or kitchen they’d like! Weigh your empty container to get the tare weight. You can do this by weighing your empty container on the scale in the bulk aisle, asking a Co-op cashier to weigh it for you, or weighing it at home before you come to the store! Write the tare weight on your container. That way your cashier will know how much to subtract at checkout, so you're not charged for the weight of your container. Learn more about our Bulk department here!
Co-op Compost Program
Over the last few years, the Co-op’s Sustainability Committee has focused its efforts on providing efficient food recycling options within the store and by providing new composting options. The co-op has partnered with Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) to manage its composting needs.
White 5-gallon buckets are placed in key areas around the store for the employees to use when they need to dispose of any food scraps. Behind the Deli counter and in the kitchen, the white buckets are placed at the end of each table, so Co-op employees are easily able to turn waste food into compost.
The Co-op has been invested in making sure as many of our products as possible are able to be recycled. Recycling bins are located in the front of the store, the deli seating area and through the staff area of our building. The Co-op participates in Latah Sanitation’s curbside single stream service, with 10 large bins that are picked up weekly. There are also several volunteer position that sort and collect items that are not eligible for single stream, but can still be recycled.
With recent changes to single stream recycling, the Co-op is investigating alternative recycling options. Please stay tuned for more info.
With our remodel in 2018, we had an opportunity to tackle some of the older and more inefficient devices in our store. We replaced and upgraded most of our retail refrigeration systems reducing electricity usage and reducing refrigerant leaks. We also replaced much of our fluorescent track lighting with LED strip lighting.
These efforts, combined with many small changes throughout the store have resulted in electricity usage dropping by nearly 5%.
Sustainable Silverware Project
The Moscow Food Co-op is committed to reducing our waste and eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics. This silverware project is part of our solution and response to recent recycling changes made on the Palouse.
Here’s how it works:
When you need a utensil to go, borrow one! Take it, enjoy your meal, bring the utensil back, and we’ll reuse it.
You’re also welcome to donate any unwanted silverware from home to the project! Bring in your unwanted metal silverware and leave it in one of our bus tubs by the front door.
Our staff will wash and sanitize the utensils, then put them out for customers to use. It’s pretty simple, but we’re hoping we can make a big reduction in our plastic usage.
With recent changes to the recycling program, the Co-op has been investigating areas the single use plastic can be replaced with more sustainable options. You will see new options for packaging on the salad bar and in many other areas of the store.
We continue to work to replace plastic wherever possible.
Single-use plastic recycling
In an effort to reduce plastic waste and model environmental sustainability, we’ve joined a campaign to convert single-use plastics into long-lasting construction materials through NexTrex™, the “trash-to-treasure” process for plastic film collection and recycling.
Co-op shoppers can deposit certain types of plastic film and bags in the two cardboard boxes at the front of the store. Qualifying recyclable materials include everyday items such as:
Grocery and retail bags
Dry cleaning bags
Ziploc and other reclosable bags
After the Co-op collects the plastic and brings it to the local dropoff site, it is sent to local distribution centers, where it is sorted and shipped to Trex’s manufacturing facilities in Winchester, Va., and Fernley, Nev. Trex reuses plastic to create composite products that offer an alternative to wood and an eco-friendly choice to consumers. Their upcycling and salvage process keeps more than 400 million pounds of plastic and wood scrap out of landfills each year.
Several volunteers and staff members participate on the Co-op’s sustainability committee. This group monitors key metrics in sustainability and provides research and recommendations to operations, pushes for change in local policy of infrastructure to support sustainability, and creates the annual sustainability report.