We recently replaced our plastic produce bags with a more sustainable option made from Mater-Bi, a biodegradable and compostable bioplastic. Instead of offering bags made from petroleum products, the co-op now offers produce bags made from starch, cellulose, and vegetable oils.
Customers can compost these bags at the co-op (in the co-op cafe compost bin) or sign up for commercial composting pick-up from Elm City Compost Initiative (ECCI). ECCI also plans to add a compost collection service for community members through the Monadnock Food Co-op later in 2019. Please stay tuned!
We reduce waste by offering reusable bowls, plates & utensils for in-house dining and promoting alternatives to disposal bag use through our re-use box initiative and community bag tree. Switching our produce bags to a compostable option is another important step for our triple bottom line business.