August through September 2019, shoppers are encouraged to bring in their own reusable containers to support garden-based youth learning programs
SLO Natural Foods Co-op, SLO's only community owned marketplace, is partnering with local nonprofit One Cool Earth this August through September 2019 to support garden based learning programs for local youth.
During this time period, the Co-op will donate $1 to the nonprofit each time shoppers bring in their ownreusable containers at check-out, including bags, jars and more.
“The Co-op loves to encourage shoppers to bring in and re-use containers, produce bags, and bulk bags,” said Sustainability ManagerCarol Radike. “We want to encourage our shoppers to go a bit farther.”
The funds generated by the promotion will bolsterOne Cool Earth's programs,which take place within local schools as well as at educational events and gatherings throughout the year. One Cool Earth's mission to educate the next generation aboutedible food gardens, waste reduction, betterwellness through food, and water wise habits.
“This is an incredible opportunity to align our values of promoting local produce and healthy, sustainable eating habits among SLO Countyyouth with the greaterenvironmental need to reduce plastic waste across the board,” said SLO Natural Foods Co-op General Manager Zack Sheppard.
Learn more about One Cool Earth
One Cool Earth isa SLO County based group of concerned local individuals who saw the need to educate children about achieving health and wellness through garden-based education. Drawing together the concepts of edible Food gardens,zerowaste, and waterwisehabits, the program currently works at schools in SLO County to measurably improve student health, academics, and well being. The nonprofit's goal is to support school garden programs at all 43 elementary schools in San Luis Obispo County by the year 2020.