Seward Co-op’s staff-led Green Team “talks trash” about trash! We can all make a difference, so we invite Seward shoppers and community members to help. The Green Team’s focus over the next year is to organize volunteer opportunities in our community, further advocate for packaging changes and offer resources through the “Trash Talk” campaign. We hope to see a decrease in the amount of trash our co-op produces by 1.5 percent, meaning 82 percent would be recycled or composted, compared to 80.5 percent in 2019. The overall impact of reaching this goal will amount to 16,000 pounds less waste going to the incinerator!
Seward Co-op has been committed to positive environmental practices since our founding over 45 years ago and continues to be a steward of low-waste consumerism today. It’s been 10 years since we ditched plastic in our checkout lanes and started composting organics. More than half of our Deli packaging is made from post-consumer recycled plastics. We acknowledge that this packaging is still plastic, however, these plastics can be used again and again at home, and then recycled to become raw material again. Our leadership can also be seen in the use of our rain gardens, solar panels, beehives and bee-friendly rooftop gardens, LEED-certified energy-efficient buildings, nontoxic cleaning liquids produced in house, and our Bulk departments. Despite all these successes, we recognize there is much more work to be done!