Breadroot Cooperative receives sustainability award

Breadroot is doing it's part in saving the earth from plastic with their new reusable container incentive.

RAPID CITY , S.D. – At Tuesday night’s Rapid City Common Council meeting, Breadroot Natural Foods Co-op received the Rapid City sustainability award for January, an award given to projects furthering the environmental and economic stability of Rapid City.

The Co-op is being honored for its reusable container program and promotion entitled: Breadroot Bag Saving Program: Bags Reused Encourages A Difference, Begin with The Root Of The Problem: Plastic.

Any shopper who brings in their own reusable container for items purchased will receive 5 cents back per bag, and that money can be donated locally to either Feeding South Dakota or WAVI.

As part of the program, the Breadroot Co-op switched from plastic bags at check-out to vegetable-based biobags which are compostable.

The program was initiated to raise awareness and create incentives for people to utilize reusable containers.

Jeffrey Thouron, Breadroot General Manager, says, “We’re not trying to force people to do it, we’re trying to convince people to try to persuade them that we do use a lot of plastic. And if one small store can stop 24,000 plastic bags from entering the world, a couple of small stores together can do a lot. And if we get the big stores involved then maybe no plastic, so if everybody just has a little bit of knowledge and changes one little habit in life, it really can have a lot of affect.”

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