Green Picks from the Green Team

Our Green Picks are provided by the Co-op’s Green Team. This committee of staff members has a mission to identify and implement strategies to reduce the environmental impact of our internal systems and operations.  While their focus is on waste produced in-house, they seek to engage with our Co-op and community to educate, collaborate, and raise awareness around sustainable practices including waste reduction, closed-loop systems, and environmentally conscious buying practices. The Green Team strives to make our collective impact on the environment as small as possible.   

Durafresh biodegradable multipurpose towels can be used over and over again, replacing up to 40 rolls of paper towels. When they are no longer reusable, they will decompose in just 12 weeks.

Lifefactory makes reusable BPA-free glass water bottles, Tupperware, and baby bottles.

Ball mason jars are perfect for buying and storing your bulk and dry goods. You can bring in your own containers, too, just make sure to weigh them before filling them.

Vejibag organic cotton bags are prefect for purchasing produce.

Skoy cloths are earth-friendly reusable cleaning cloths which are 100% biodegradable, chlorine-free, unbleached, non-GMO, and made using water-based colors and inks.

If You Care rubber gloves are reusable, fair trade, non-GMO, all natural, and made with no animal testing. They’re also made from rubber sourced from a responsibly managed plantation. Their coffee filters are chlorine-free, GMO-free, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, allergen free, made with no animal testing, and compostable.

To-Go Ware utensils are made of bamboo and are a simple and easy way to reduce plastic waste by providing an earth-friendly reusable alternative to plastic forks, knives and spoons.      

Bee’s Wrap food wrap is made in Vermont from beeswax, organic fabric and jojoba oil. It’s a reusable and biodegradable alterative to plastic wrap, plastic bags, or tinfoil.

Twist sponges are made with 100% plant-based materials and contain none of the dyes and glues found in traditional sponges.

BioBag pet waste bags are made from a materials derived from plants, vegetables and compostable polymers.

Natural Value bags for food waste or yard waste are a 100% compostable alternative to standard plastic bags.

e-cloth  general purpose cloths clean beautifully while using only water, no chemicals needed.

NatureZway cleaning cloths are made of sustainably grown and harvested bamboo.

Squooshi reusable food pouches are BPA-free, PVC-free, lead-free, Phthalate-free, and are made by a company with a commitment to eco-friendly practices.  

Repurpose utensils and straws are the perfect compostable supplies for a picnic or any meal. They are made from plants using methods that require less fossil fuels, lowering their carbon footprint.

ChicoBag reusable snack and sandwich bags provide an alternative to the single-use bag habit, saving consumers money while reducing waste.    

Klean Kanteen is one of the most recognizable names in reusable bottles, tumblers, and mugs. The family-owned company remains committed to social and environmental responsibility while making high quality reusable containers that replace plastic and reduce waste.

Preserve products, including razors and toothbrushes, have handles made of 100% recycled materials. The toothbrushes, for example, are made from recycled #5 plastic, like yogurt cups.  They can be recycled at facilities such as the Additional Recyclables Collection Center in Barre, VT.

Sunbeam candles are made and delivered to our store using a number of eco-friendly and sustainable practices, from their solar-powered candle shop to carbon-neutral shipping.

Pact clothing is made with 100% organic cotton and a commitment to fair trade practices.

ICU eyewear is made from reclaimed plastic, recycled metal, and sustainable bamboo, using eco-friendly practices.                

GladRags reusable cloth menstrual pads are made of cotton and greatly reduce the amount of waste created by the manufacturing, packaging, shipping, and use of traditional pads.

WooBamboo! toothbrushes are made with organically and sustainably grown and harvested bamboo. They also have biodegradable handles, are naturally antimicrobial, and are packaged in recycled and recyclable materials.

Radius toothbrushes have dye-free bristles made from vegetable-based materials and handles made from bioplastics, derived from renewable biomass sources, agricultural byproducts, or recycled plastics.