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.

Read more: The Great GreenStar 'Local Lover' Giveaway Begins


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!

'Let's Move' on Food Equity

Thursday, 29 July 2010 10:27

By Joe Romano, 

Marketing Manager

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.

—Mother Teresa

Just about as long as there has been a GreenStar, right at the front of our stores, there has always been a box of little pencils. People use them to write down the item numbers in our bulk section and throughout our stores. They are used for writing down phone numbers, for recipes, for writing to our legislators, and for drawing flowers and dragons and pumpkins while moms and dads shop.

Homes in Ithaca are likely to have one somewhere, and so, homework is done with them, love letters written, songs crafted, wills drafted and life plans laid out using their tiny graphite tips.

Read more: 'Let's Move' on Food Equity


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