Bring It Back

May the Fork Be With You

We are excited to launch our "Bring It Back" program here at the Co-op. We have phased out the distribution of single-use plastic utensils and are inviting everyone–whether dine in or to go, local or visitor–to use our utensils guilt free.  Bring it back when you can, if you can.  If you are a traveler, no worries!  Keep them in your car, pass it along, or… you decide!  If you are a local and they end up accumulating in your drawer, no problem!  When you are ready to return them just bring them back and put them in one of the bustubs located in the dining areas.  They will be washed and sanitized and put back in rotation to be used again and again! 

Returnable Utensil Program FAQs

Q: Why are you doing this? Why can't I get a disposable fork?  

A: We are always on the lookout for ways to eliminate waste in our landfills and this is another way we are helping to accomplish this goal. 40% of Plastic Pollution is from Single Use Plastics (SUP).  A disposable fork is guaranteed to be trash but a reusable one can be used and washed and used over and over again.  

Q: I am not coming back to the Co-op in the near future. Can I just get a disposable utensil?

A: We are not attached to the return of the utensil, really! You can keep it in the car, donate it somewhere, or… you decide! Bring it back when and if you can.  

Q: Are there other benefits to reusable utensils?  

A: The environmental footprint of a metal fork is better than a plastic fork after only two uses, after that every use increases the environmental benefits.  

Q: I am an Owner, and while I support the environment the Co-op needs to be fiscally responsible. Won't this be expensive?  

A: The financial benefits are similar to the environmental ones! A metal fork pays back after only two uses, and when also considering the money saved not buying the plastic alternative the co-op is expecting to save money on utensils. Do good and save money. Icing on the cake!

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