NEW YORK CITY: SUSTAINABLE, PROGRESSIVE CITY
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Apr. 01 2015
People's shopping habits also play a role as they might not always buy everything they need or can be selective in their choices.
Another sustainability concern is the electricity consumption of grocery stores. With their own buildings, refrigeration, and freezer cases, grocery stores consume a substantial amount of electricity. To address this, FOOD COOP supports wind energy production and purchases electricity generated from wind sources. In addition to focusing on food waste and electricity, FOOD COOP also addresses the recycling of large bales of cardboard.
They receive goods and have someone sort and recycle the cardboard material. To further reduce plastic waste, customers are encouraged to bring their own bags or use boxes, as cardboard is highly recyclable in New York. Plastic bags are not provided to customers for carrying their groceries home.
The reasons people want to become a member of the coop are varied. Some individuals join because they want to be part of a community-owned entity, rather than simply shopping at mainstream grocery stores like Trader Joe's or Target, where their money leaves the community and goes to other cooperations. Others may be drawn to the coop because of the specific type of food it offers. For example, vegans may seek out a wide selection of organic food, or individuals looking for grass-fed meat. They join the coop to have access to this desired food while also seeking affordable prices. Buying food at a whole foods market is often expensive, but they still want to enjoy the same type of food that is offered by the coop.
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Thu: 8:00am - 8:00pm
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Sun: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Finally, I believe that sustainability in Brooklyn is all about people coming together, rather than being driven by big business. Individuals from different cultural backgrounds are actively involved, bringing their own ideas to the table. I hope this amazing initiative spreads to Japan and beyond, inspiring people worldwide. Thank you.
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