Co-op Switches to Phenol-Free Receipt Paper

Sunday, 01 February 2015 20:52

By Diane Hamilton,

Customer Service Manager

receiptsAs cooperative shoppers, we understand the way that each of our bodies is unique in health and unique in symptoms of dis-ease. So where do we prioritize our own life decisions in a potentially, yet unproven to be "toxic" world, when science is at odds with itself or at odds with our own experience? Most of us find a balance between cost and demonstrated benefit when it comes to all of these potential toxins in our life. We are critical consumers.

At GreenStar, in the service of a community for whom these health concerns matter, we choose paper bags and wooden utensils over plastic; we measure electro-magnetic fields when planning store renovations and resets. We support companies that are committed to a reduction in product processing and product packaging. We actively support the GMO Project and product research and transparency through groups such as How Good, and, in a decision that is good for both our staff and our customers, we've made the choice to use vitamin C-based receipt paper developer or e-receipts over bisphenol S thermal printing.

Phenols (such as bisphenol A and S), both in the global marketplace and in our bodies, are an issue of concern that was closely followed by GreenStar's Customer Service staff during the worldwide race in chemical engineering for phenol-free thermal receipt printing. Following this issue taught us quite a bit about phenols, hormone disruption, and receipt paper, and we want to share what we learned with GreenStar shoppers. To some extent, a whole-foods–based diet containing beneficial nutrients such as those listed in the supplement chart on page 12 will offer some protection from effects.

Read more: Co-op Switches to Phenol-Free Receipt Paper


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A Look at the Year Ahead: GreenStar 2015

Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:14

By Brandon Kane, General Manager, 
12th Moon, Council President

west-end-store-frontHello and happy New Year to all GreenStar member-owners! Your support and involvement throughout 2014 was inspiring on so many levels. From your simple choice to support your co-op by shopping at our stores to your collective donations to the Ithaca Health Alliance at our registers (over $5,200 raised!), now more than ever you can see the direct link between membership in your cooperative and how the Co-op serves its community of members.

2014 was a year of massive physical changes to GreenStar's infrastructure. In the second half of 2014, the Central Kitchen project was completed. This resulted in a huge shift in our operations. We began producing Deli and Bakery products at our central kitchen to serve our stores and to cater events. This opening of the kitchen also coincided with the opening of our public rental facility known as the Space. At this point, our catering and public rental programs are really starting to take off. You can see more specifics regarding these two new initiatives by visiting us at and clicking on either the Catering or Space tabs in our banner.

But this article is about looking forward, so let's set down that path. 2015 is all about building on our strengths and preparing for more big changes in the near future. As I just stated, the possibilities of our newfound rental and production capacity are just beginning to be explored. In 2015 we will continue building our relationships with such partners as Tompkins Community Action and Cornell Cooperative Extension in order to provide an affordable venue for all manner of public events. We'll also be focusing on providing the best possible experience for your private events and celebrations. Whatever it is you have going on, chances are GreenStar can meet your needs perfectly. How cool is it that the Co-op has grown in the past ten years from one store to two, then added a space for events, and is now looking at a third location in Collegetown slated to open in late 2016?

Read more: A Look at the Year Ahead: GreenStar 2015


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