PT Food Co-op

Port Townsend Food Co-op, 414 Kearney St., Port Townsend, WA, 98368
Open Every Day 8am-9pm
Phone: (360) 385-2883

Archive for the ‘Green Living’ Category

Beans for Bags – Oct. 2012

November 6th, 2012 by Kathie

A big thank you to Co-op shoppers who donate the nickel we give each time they bring in their own containers and bags! You really do make a difference!

Living Without Plastic – Could You?

November 1st, 2012 by Kathie

Beth Terry didn’t just give up plastic bags. She has attempted to give up all plastic. For the past five years, since 2007, Terry has strived to bring absolutely no new plastic into her life. She comes to Port Townsend at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 to speak of her experience at the Cotton Building at 607 Water St. The event is free.

“Bringing Beth Terry to town seems like a natural thing to do considering that the city’s plastic bag ban went into effect this month,” said Kathie Meyer, outreach coordinator for the Port Townsend Food Co-op. “And she has graciously waived her speaking fee to come here.”

It was one day, while laid up from surgery, that Terry became personally affected by a photo of a baby albatross carcass, dead from being fed plastic bits by its mother.  It was then she decided, if something were to be done about the effects of plastic on the global environment, she had to start with herself.

Since her “plastic awakening,” Terry went from personally generating almost four pounds of plastic waste per month (yes, she weighed it) to a little over two pounds per year. The average American, she says, generates between 88 and 120 pounds per year.

To keep herself on track, Terry started a blog ( which grew into a book titled Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. Her book combines useful information about plastic-free alternatives with personal stories and the occasional rant.

“I didn’t write this book to tell anyone what to do, but as an invitation to join me in this journey of personal and ecological discovery. Sure, in all honesty I do want to inspire you and your friends and family to use less plastic. But more than that, to learn what it is about plastic that makes it the symbol of what Captain Charles Moore (discoverer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch) calls the ‘crisis of our civilization,’ and figure out ways to get out from under the thumb of plastic addiction,” Terry writes in her book’s introduction.

Terry walks her talk in every area of her life. She made sure that her book was as plastic-free as possible too.  “Most books are full of plastic,” she writes. “So we’ve stripped things down. The jacket is uncoated, the thread is made of cotton, and the boards and spine are exposed. Our printer even managed to find a plastic-free glue to use. With all that in mind, we assure you that if the book’s not 100% free of plastic, it’s as close as can be!”

Beth Terry’s book is for sale and signing at her presentation. Her appearance is presented with the cooperation and sponsorship of the City of Port Townsend, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Program, Old Consulate Inn, Port Townsend Food Co-op, Port Townsend Public Library, and Jude Rubin, aka the “Plastic Bag Monster.”

For more information, call 385-2831, ext. 309.

How to Shop GMO-Free at the Co-op

October 26th, 2012 by Kathie

Member/Owner Jack Olmsted made this video of the Food Co-op’s SIPS Manager Deb Shortess explaining how to make sure the products you buy at the Food Co-op are GMO-free.

How to Sew a Drawstring Bag

September 16th, 2012 by foodcoop

With the new plastic bag ban coming to Port Townsend effective Nov. 1, 2012, you will want to save on that mandatory nickel charge for a paper bag at the Co-op (for more information about the new ordinance, check out the 2012 Fall Quarterly issue of the Food Co-op Commons, available on Sept. 26). You can make your own double drawstring bags using these simple instructions, courtesy of our amazingly talented graphic artist, Mindy Dwyer. Here is the downloadable pdf of the instructions. These bags can be made in any size, and are also great alternatives to gift wrap for the holidays!

New Recumbent Trike Parking at Co-op

June 20th, 2012 by foodcoop

Recumbent Trike Parking:  In response to member requests we have adjusted our green bike rack along the south side of our store to accommodate parking of larger bikes. A sign is posted that identifies that a 4 foot wide bike parking slot is reserved for such trikes. Happy and safe biking!

The 2012 Food & Farm Bill: What’s going on this week?

May 13th, 2012 by foodcoop

Speak out for a better 2012 Food & Farm Bill!

The House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture is at work on its version of the 2012 Food & Farm Bill right now. (The Senate passed its version just a few weeks back)  Now is a crucial time for Congress to hear from you on what needs to be in the farm bill! The Committee on Agriculture has set up a comment box for constituents to submit their feedback – and it’s open to everyone! To submit a comment (due by May 20) go to this link:Farm Bill Info

May 9 Meeting: Bag It Supporters Please Attend!

May 8th, 2012 by foodcoop

Hey there, Bag It Friends:

Here we go – THIS IS IT. DECISION TIME. Please attend the City Council Special Projects Committee meeting about BANNING PLASTIC BAGS in PT. This committee will make a recommendation to the full council.

Weds, May 9th

4:00 PM

City Hall Chambers

City Hall, upstairs. Enter from WATER STREET SIDE ONLY.

I believe there will be time for public testimony. Council is “anticipating a lot of people,” but not many people know about this meeting. Please make your voice heard! Nothing says “I care” like actually showing up!

PLEASE COME – THIS IS IT. This is a time for serious discussion, so no bag monster theatrics…

Monster hugs, Jude Rubin

Please spread this message to others who wish to BAN DISPOSABLE PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS in PT.

Midori Organic Veggie Starts!

April 9th, 2012 by foodcoop

Begin your garden with organic plant starts! Midori Farms, located in Port Townsend, has given you a head start on your veggies. Many options to choose from available at the Co-op just outside the north entrance. Plant today to harvest early.

Also available are lovely rosemary plants. Ummmmmmm, smells so good!

Eco-Friendly household products

February 2nd, 2012 by foodcoop

Natural Ingredient Choices

Supermarket: vinegar, salt, washing soda, abrasive green pad
Mail Order: washing soda
Hardware: powdered graphite
Pharmacy: zinc oxide

Natural Cleaning Recipes

From Clean & Green: The Complete Guide to Nontoxic and Environmentally Safe Housekeeping by Annie Berthold-Bond

The Green-Pad-and-Vinegar Solution
1/4 cup vinegar, green pad

  • Scrub the vinegar onto the brick or stone with a mildly abrasive supermarket green pad. Rinse.

Soot Cleaner
1/4 cup washing soda, enough hot water to make a paste

  • Dissolve the ingredients in a bowl, scoop onto a mild abrasive supermarket green pad, and scrub the affected area. Rinse. If there is a heavy odor, leave the washing soda on until it dries before rinsing. This recipe requires a lot of rinsing. For less rinsing mix the washing soda with up to 2 gallons of water.

Smoke Residue Remover
1/8 cup salt, a few squirts of zinc oxide, enough water to make a paste

  • Blend salt, zinc oxide, and water into a paste and rub onto the spot. Rinse well with water.

Cast Iron Woodstove Touch-up
powdered graphite

  • Rub the graphite onto the area needing a touch-up.

General Purpose Cleaners

From “Eco-friendly Household Products,” The Steep Hill News (June 1995, Steep Hill Co-op, Saskatchewan, Canada

Room Deodorizer
a quick and easy tip: set out a container of baking soda, cedar chips, cinnamon, and cloves in your room.

Drain Cleaner
Apply a little elbow grease and use a plunger followed by 50 ml of baking soda and 125 ml of vinegar. Let sit 15 minutes, then rinse with boiling water. A plumber’s snake can also be used. The best alternative is prevention-insert a screen into the drain and avoid flushing hair down the toilet.

Dust Cleaner
Combine 50 ml white vinegar and 1 liter of water. Apply with a soft cloth.

Glass Cleaner
Combine 30 ml vinegar and 1 liter of water.

Carpet Spot Cleaner
Apply club soda immediately, blot dry, and repeat. Sprinkle with cornmeal and vacuum after 30 minutes.

Automatic Dish Washing Detergent
Combine 250 ml borax with 125 ml baking soda. Works reasonably well and is phosphate free.

Brass & Copper Polish
Make a paste with lemon juice and baking soda. Rub on with a soft cloth, then rinse well and dry.

To Remove Burned-on Food
Dampen spot slightly and sprinkle well with baking soda. Leave overnight and scrub clean with a plastic scrubber.

Basin, Tub & Tile Cleaner
Sprinkle surfaces with baking soda or borax. Scrub with a dampened sponge.

Grout, Mold & Mildew Cleaner
Wipe surface with a cloth dipped in white vinegar and scrub tile grout with an old toothbrush to remove old growth and prevent new infestation.

Glass Cleaner
In a spray bottle combine one part vinegar to one part water. Spray on glass or mirrors and wipe dry with a rag or crumpled newspaper.

Laundry Detergent
Use soap flakes or non-phosphate detergent. If clothes are heavily soiled, add 125 ml borax to the soap.

Stain Remover
Scrub with a paste made from soap flakes and warm water before washing.

Fabric Softener
Add 50 ml white vinegar to the final rinse cycle.

Carpet Cleaner
Sprinkle cornstarch on dry carpet (it absorbs dirt and grease). Wait five minutes then vacuum thoroughly.

Carpet Deodorizer
Combine 500 ml cornmeal with 250 ml borax and sprinkle on the carpet. Leave for 15 minutes or longer, then vacuum.

Furniture Polish
For wood that is stained, varnished, or painted: wipe with olive oil and dry with a clean cloth. For varnished wood: combine 30 ml olive oil with 15 ml white vinegar and 1 liter water in a spray bottle. Spray wood lightly then dry with a clean cloth.