RAPID CITY, SD--Breadroot Natural Foods Co-op received the Rapid City Sustainability Award for January at the January 21 City Council meeting. Mayor Steve Allender made the presentation to Jeffrey Thouron and Courtney Fischer of Breadroot.
Sustainability Awards are selected by the City's Standing Committee on Sustainability for projects contributing to the social, environmental and economic stability of Rapid City.
Breadroot Natural Foods Co-op is a cooperatively-owned grocery store specializing in organic and non-GMO food, local and organic produce, grass-fed meats, bulk spice and herbs, wellness, and supplemental products.
The Sustainability Committee is recognizing Breadroot for its reusable container program and promotion. Entitled 'B.R.E.A.D.ROOT Bag Saving Program: Bags Reused Encourages A Difference, begin with the ROOT of the problem - PLASTIC'., the project was initiated last April by Courtney Fischer. For every reusable container used at the store, a customer either receives a discount or a credit of five cents towards a donation to a local charity, including Feeding South Dakota and Working Against Violence, inc. (WAVI).
The program was initiated to raise awareness and create incentives for people to utilize reusable containers. As part of the program, the Breadroot co-op switched from plastic bags at check-out to vegetable-based biobags. Eligible containers include reused and reusable bags, jars for bulk flours and spices, containers for coffee, bags and containers for produce.
Successes of the program include:
*Total bags saved: 6,143 over six months
*Total transactions with bags saved: 3,314
*Number of co-op member owners utilizing re-used bags: 607
*Total donations: $307.15 ($132.24 to Feeding South Dakota; $174.91 to WAVI)
"We believe Breadroot has demonstrated excellence in promoting community sustainability through their bag savings program," said Jennifer Benning of the Sustainability Committee. "Breadroot regularly participates in local outreach and educational events and their mission is to promote community involvement in the production, procurement and distribution of natural and organic foods and other goods and services for healthy living.
"Their efforts at demonstrating and promoting recycling and healthy living help to make our community a better place to live."
As part of the program, the Breadroot co-op switched from plastic bags at check-out to vegetable-based biobags. Prior to the program switch, Breadroot used an average of 24,000 bags a year, or 2,000 per month.
The Rapid City Sustainability Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the third floor conference room of the City/School Administration Center. More information including applications is available at http://www.rcgov.org/Community-Resources/sustainability-committee.html.
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