Bring Your Own Bag ... and Use It for Good

By Kristie Snyder,

GreenLeaf Editor

tolkensRemember back when GreenStar gave you a nickel for each reusable bag that you brought from home to use at the store? That concept is back... with a twist. Beginning April 11, for every bag that a shopper brings to reuse at the registers, he or she will be rewarded with not a nickel back, but the ability to donate that nickel to a local

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Vote in April's Council Election

Thursday, 03 April 2014 18:49

By Dan Hoffman,

Council Member and Governance Committee Chair

ballot-boxOnce every year, GreenStar's member-owners have the opportunity to select people who will represent them by serving on the Co-op's governing body — which we call the Council. The annual Council election — which fills at least one-third of the seats on the board — occurs throughout the month of April, and member-owners can vote at either store, by mail, or in person at the Co-op's Annual Meeting on April 25.

This year, there will be six candidates on the ballot — including three incumbents running for re-election (designated with asterisks below) and three member-owners who haven't previously served on the Council (or one of its committees):

ELLEN BROWN

SAM FREDERICK

DEB MOORE

CHRIS NEGRONIDA*

JESSICA ROSSI*

12th MOON*

The five candidates who receive the most votes will each win full, three-year terms on Council. The sixth-place finisher will receive a one-year term (filling out the remainder of the term of former Council Member Angela Zhang, who resigned in February). It's possible to add write-in candidates to your ballot, but the only write-ins qualified to be elected are those who publicly declare their candidacies by March 31 (before voting starts). As of late-March, one write-in candidate had declared — Robert Rhea, former Council Member and Treasurer.

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B Corporations: It's Not Just About Profit

Thursday, 03 April 2014 18:25

By Samatha Abrams, 

Co-Founder, Emmy's Organics

samantha-abramsWhen you're shopping in GreenStar, there is a lot to look at. The aisles are filled with products and brands that you know and many that you don't. What are the things that you check for? Do you look at the branding of a package and think, "This is for me!" Or do you look at the ingredients of the product? Or do you shop by certifications, such as "Organic" or "Non--GMO"?

Do you ever wonder what else is behind a product and the company that makes it? There's so much behind the business of packaging and branding that is meant to confuse shoppers. A package that looks natural, healthy, or consciously made may quite possibly be the opposite. This issue is exactly what the non-profit B Lab was created to tackle. In their words, it's "a way for consumers to differentiate between a 'Good Company' and just 'Good Marketing.'"

B Lab, the non-profit behind B Corps, was founded in 2006. Their main mission? To serve a movement of entrepreneurs who are "redefining success in business." To do this, B Lab certifies companies that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The certification is based on the "B Impact Assessment," which helps companies measure their impact on workers, the community, and the environment.

Beyond having created a tool to help companies measure impact, B Lab supports entrepreneurs who use business as a force for good by passing legislation for a new corporate form all around the country. This new corporate form, the Benefit Corporation, allows companies to bake their social and environmental missions into the DNA of their companies. B Corps around the world have been shown to create higher quality jobs and improve the quality of life in their communities for current and future generations.

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