Food Conspiracy Co-op
How does this company exemplify the concept of “reducing”?
The Food Conspiracy Co-op recently underwent a renovation. With the exception of the new checkstands, which were made by a California company, all of the renovation work was done by local contractors. The co-op used low-VOC paint and added fluorescent lighting.
Also, the Food Conspiracy Co-op recently installed a rainwater harvesting system that will feed an urban micro farm that will be planted this fall.
The co-op encourages staff to reduce their carbon footprints by biking to work. There are two bike cages available for staff. There is also bike parking for customers on Fourth Avenue, and a new bike corral will be installed in front of the store in the next few months.
Finally, the co-op carries a diverse selection of local and organic foods. Our t-shirts and cotton tote bags are made of organic cotton, and the shirts are printed with water-based ink.
How does this company exemplify the concept of “reusing”?
Co-op staff members are encouraged to print on the back of scrap paper. Also, past event t-shirts were printed on reused t-shirts from Buffalo Exchange.
What is this company’s recycling policy and practice? (650 character max.)
The co-op reduces the amount of trash it sends to the landfill by donating past-its-prime produce to Casa Maria Kitchen and The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. It donates non-edible food scraps to local farmers, who feed them to their chickens. The co-op encourages shoppers to recycle their recyclable containers, and to compost food scraps. Recycling and compost containers are inside the store, near the front doors, as well as in the co-op’s warehouse, staff lounge and admin building.
How is this company engaging and informing consumers and employees about the 3 “Rs” and other sustainable practices?
The co-op educates customers and employees about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling through frequent articles in the co-op’s newsletter, in its Annual Report, on its website and Facebook page, and through in-store signage.
What else would you like us to know about this company?
Food Conspiracy is a natural foods market owned by its members and open to the public. Since 1971 we have been providing the highest quality natural and organic foods and products to the Tucson community.
Our produce department emphasizes organic and locally-grown food, and we are committed to offering certified organic products whenever possible throughout the store. In addition to familiar staples, we enjoy continually rotating our grocery offerings and bringing in new products. Food Conspiracy also has the most extensive bulk selection in town. In alignment with our commitment to environmentalism, social justice, and education, we are constantly expanding our line of local, fair trade, and independently produced items.
The Food Conspiracy is owned by approximately 2,200 members and operates on Fourth Avenue, Tucson’s most vibrant, pedestrian-friendly street. We are dedicated to sustaining the local economy by supporting neighboring businesses and donating money to area non-profits through our Cooperative Community Fund.