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5 STAR VENDOR: mothering Mother April 18th, 2012


Upon taking a look at the Co-op’s Ends Statement, I have come to realize that certain companies and their products are natural fits for inclusion in our store. One such company is mothering Mother. One of our local vendors, mothering Mother is located in Pelham, NY.

Berkshire Co-op Market strives to be a model of social and environmental stewardship (E3) and support a sustainable environment (E8). To these ends, we provide avenues for recycling of consumables and electronic devices, and have one of the most abundant bulk departments in the county. We also opt to not offer plastic shopping bags at checkout. Instead, we supply paper bags for a nominal fee of 10ยข per bag, and donate that money to different environmentally focused nonprofits. As you may have noticed, the business of providing a convenient and comfortable shopping experiences does involve the use of some plastics. At this point, we still offer thin plastic bags for use in the produce and bulk departments, as well as the fresh bread section. These bags, unbeknownst to many, are actually recyclable, but many of our customers and staff have opted to not use these bags on principle. A great alternative to these are mothering Mother reusable cotton bags, which should be included in the bunch of reusable shopping bags we all keep in the car.

“Our Mission: mothering Mother is committed to developing, promoting and distributing reusable products that replace disposable products. Our intention is to reduce the impact of disposable living upon Mother Nature by educating and encouraging a wider community commitment to changing behaviors, and by making our products accessible and affordable.
A portion of profits from mothering Mother will be shared with environmental organizations working toward Earth awareness and protection. mothering Mother encourages activity that mothers Mother in all areas of life.” – from motheringmother.com