The former Co-op Connection building moved on from its original incarnation. The building was carefully deconstructed with the goal to reuse the majority of materials, recycle what isn’t reusable, and send less than 5 percent of the material to the landfill.
Sharing the results from our sustainability tracking informs Co-op staff and shoppers on ways we can work even harder to improve our already strong environmental business practices.
Have you noticed some activity around the abandoned phone booth on the outside of our Downtown store along Forest Street? For several months now, a team of three dedicated artist-writer-activists have been putting a plan into action to create something beautiful from the former eyesore.
Increasing the stable supply of healthy local food for Whatcom County residents is a primary mission of the Co-op’s Farm Fund. In 2015, the Farm Fund created the Next Step Project to offer assistance to farmers scaling up to increase the amount of local food available to local markets.
On September 1, 2016, local farmworkers voted to unionize. Five hundred indigenous farmworkers formed an independent union, drafted a union contract, won an $850,000 lawsuit, and established a new Washington state labor law that guarantees both hourly and piece-rate farmworkers have the right to paid 10-minute rest breaks.
Voting in the annual Board election is one of your most immediate ways to have a voice in the store that you own. Election information was mailed to member-owners around March 1. If you didn’t get your election mailer, please ask at the service desk. Open this post for link to vote online. Election closes March 31.
Take a virtual tour through the breathtaking waters of Southeast Alaska and learn more about the fisher-artists from Nerka at their art show on display through February in the Downtown store mezzanine.
In December, Co-op Sustainability Coordinator Melissa Elkins attended the annual Domestic Fair Trade Association (DFTA) conference in Portland. The Co-op, Community to Community Development, and Familias Unidas por la Justicia are the only three members of the DFTA north of Seattle. Melissa snapped some photos from the event to share with us.
We are excited to introduce several new items for sustainable seafood lovers from Lummi Island Wild Co-op!
In November, we were honored to win gold for Best Grocery Store and Best Health Food Store in Bellingham Alive! magazine’s Best of the Northwest reader poll. In December, we are equally honored to win Best Grocery in Cascadia Weekly’s Best of Bellingham reader poll!