By bringing their own grocery bags, Co-op shoppers have saved 569,868 new bags from being used between June 2003 and June 2008! That’s the equivalent of 800 trees!
January 2014: Beans for Bags Program Receives Award!
The Co-op’s Beans for Bags Program, which allocates donations to 16 local organizations based on customers’ shopping bag reuse, received the Food Marketing Institute’s Community Outreach Award for 2013.
2014 Beans for Bags Organizations:
Habitat for Humanity
Coastal Range Food Bank
Co-op Recycling Center
Linn Benton Furniture Share
Heartland Humane Society
Homeless Education Program
Local 6 Connection
Mary’s River Gleaners
Sr. Dog Rescue of Oregon
South Corvallis Food Bank
Ten Rivers Food Web
Beans for Bags is one of our most popular donation programs at the Co-op. The aim of the program is to encourage conservation of disposable bags by offering customers a lima bean in exchange for bringing in their own shopping bag; one bean is given for each bag used. The lima bean represents 5¢, and customers may choose which one of four Co-op owner-elected local non-profit groups they would like to support with their bean. The organizations change every quarter.
Simply place your bean(s) in the slot(s) of your choice in the wooden towers located at the exits of the stores. At the end of each quarter the beans are tallied and each of the organizations receives a check proportionate to the number of beans they receive in their slot over the course of the quarter.
Organizations that receive funds are elected by Co-op owners who vote from a list of groups compiled by the Outreach Department. This election takes place in October, via a ballot available in the Thymes and in the store, and results are posted in the December Thymes.
Take a look at the 2015 Beans for Bags info and fill out an application!