We commit in our operations as a co-op

to being sustainable so that our

current and future members, as well

as our community as a whole, can

benefit from an improved and

more sustainable food system.

Sustainability in the Co-op

Sustainability is at the core of our identity as a co-op. We strive to make the right decisions for our environment as a business, and we try to help our shoppers make environmentally-conscious choices as well.

Healthful and Sustainable products

We aim to stock our shelves with products that are good for our shoppers and our earth.

Green TEam

The Green Team is a collection of Co-op staff who are passionate about environmental sustainability and work to make changes in the store!

More information on our internal projects coming soon!

Building a better community

We support our local food system by sourcing from nearby producers whenever possible. In order to strengthen our community we partner with local businesses and nonprofits to provide aid to worthy causes.

April

Earth Day

Earth Day at the Co-op is a time for celebration! Keep an Eye on our Social Media during April to see what fun things we have planned. 

May

Fair Trade

Your Co-op is proud to carry many fair trade products, from bananas to jewelry!

July

Plastic Free July

Join this international effort to minimize plastic use in July! Pledge on their website and learn more below.

September

Palm Done Right

Each year, September is dedicated to Palm Done Right. In 2020, we got 1st place in their retailer competition, with a video produced in-house!

Some of our favorites!

Organic Produce

What makes a product Organic and why we focus on these products

Store Produce Correctly to Minimize Waste

All produce in unique. Read our Produce Storage Guide to ensure your veggies live the longest life in your fridge!

DIY Home Composting

Turn your veggie scraps into food for your garden. Read our blog and watch our video to learn how!

Sustainability Blog Posts

Earth Month – Economic Sustainability

Earth Month – Economic Sustainability

Economic sustainability is the “profit” in the “people, planet, and profit” holistic approach to sustainability. We’ve already explored environmental sustainability and social sustainability in previous blogs, so this week, we’ll focus on what it means to have a...

Earth Month – Social Sustainability

Earth Month – Social Sustainability

As mentioned in our environmental sustainability blog post, capital “S” Sustainability is multifaceted. Of the three major branches of sustainability, social sustainability can be difficult to get a grip on. It is tough to quantify and can therefore feel nebulous,...

Earth Month – Environmental Sustainability

Earth Month – Environmental Sustainability

Happy Earth Month! Earth Day is right around the corner, and this time of year gets everyone thinking about the environment and climate change. Environmental sustainability is a broad topic, from waste production and recycling to agriculture and transportation...

Natural Home Cleaning

Natural Home Cleaning

Natural Cleaning Essentials Baking Soda Baking soda is one of the most versatile home cleaning ingredients. It’s a natural deodorizer, softens water, and cleans up proteins, grease, and animal messes. Baking soda is mildly abrasive, which makes it a safe option for...

Dyeing Fabric with Kitchen Scraps

Dyeing Fabric with Kitchen Scraps

Plant Dyed Fabrics This blog is an introduction to dyeing fabrics with plants. We won’t be using any fancy equipment or mordants here (we’ll get back to that later) – just plants, water, and the fabric you wish to dye. While there are many plants which can be...

Food Rescue at the Co-op

Food Rescue at the Co-op

Food Rescue at the Davis Food Co-op What does Food Rescue Mean to the DFC? The idea of food rescue is embedded in our ENDS statement, the Cooperative Principles, and our Strategic Plan. Fighting food insecurity in our community has always been a priority. Our avenues...

Strawberry Container Garden

Strawberry Container Garden

Growing Strawberries in Containers Strawberries grow really well in containers, which means you can grow them in your backyard, on your porch, or even on a balcony with the right light conditions! Step 1 Head to the Co-op to get your strawberry plants. We currently...

Local, Sustainable Meat

Local, Sustainable Meat

Local, sustainable meat is better Globally, about 80% of agricultural land is used for raising livestock. Due to improper grazing management, desertification is quickly degrading the productivity of the land we use to raise our food. Confined Animal Feeding Operations...

Packing for a Hike

Packing for a Hike

GORP First things first: every hike calls for trail mix. While some folks will tell you gorp stands for “good ol’ raisins and peanuts”, we like to use it as a catch-all term for a mix of sweet and salty snacks thrown together in bag and eaten in the...