All for Naught

Friday, 11 February 2011 16:45

By Joe Romano,
Marketing Manager

New_Year_FireworksThe actions we take and the decisions we make in this decade will have consequences far into this century. If America shows weakness and uncertainty, the world will drift toward tragedy. That will not happen on my watch.

— George W. Bush

It is that time when the New Year marks the end of the first decade of the century. Already, we’re a tenth of the way through the first tenth of this new millennium.

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The Great GreenStar 'Local Lover' Giveaway Begins

Tuesday, 02 November 2010 14:58

By Jan Rhodes Norman,
Councilmember and Cofounder of Local First Ithaca

During the week leading up to Thanksgiving — GreenStar’s biggest shopping week of the year — $30,000 of Ithaca HOURS will be given to customers through a promotion coordinated with Local First Ithaca and their Local Lover holiday campaign.

How is that possible? It seems that every once in a while, life presents a solution to a long-standing problem that ends up creating benefits far beyond what we originally envisioned. Such is the case with the dilemma of GreenStar’s overabundance of Ithaca HOURS, Ithaca’s own local currency.

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Paper or Plastic? How 'Bout Neither!

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 01:31

By Matt Sporer, 

GreenLeaf Intern

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. This has been the mantra of the ever-expanding sustainability-minded community for years. In attempts to embolden this spirit, co-ops, supermarkets and governments all over the nation and, it turns out, the world have taken steps to stem the effects of waste and environmental degradation due to the use of disposable shopping bags. The Pacific garbage patch is a telling, visible sign that has helped spark the push to put in practice these “three Rs.” One of these trends has been to reduce the number and composition of the bags used at checkout counters worldwide.

GreenStar, like many co-ops, has taken steps to help combat global warming and needless litter by implementing a few simple, but significant changes. We encourage customers to bring their own bags by offering a $.05 rebate per bag brought in to reuse and by selling reusable bags in the store, at a range of prices. Recognizing that many people will still want to be offered a bag while checking out, GreenStar switched a few years ago to more sustainable options.

Read more: Paper or Plastic? How 'Bout Neither!


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