Cosmic Karma

Life is too precious not to make a positive impact.

Being environmentally responsible isn’t just a label, it’s a lifestyle. Change is good and required to take care of mother nature. Changing our habits isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but remember what they say, “it takes 21 days to make or break a habit.” So pick something you want to change for the good and give it the ol’ college try for 21 days. You will not only surprise yourself, but good change is contagious!

Composting
We became cognizant of our disposal and started our commercial composting program in 2011. Since then, we have seen a tremendous change. Not only in the reduction of waste, but also in our employee’s habits. See, it is contagious! In 2012, we composted 100,000 pounds of organic waste and reduced our garbage output by 60%. The most exciting part of this program has been to see it come full circle by selling bags of ReGrow compost at our store. It’s awesome knowing our efforts have tangible results.

BYOB!
Attention shoppers! We will drop your bill by 5 cents if you Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB). Even if you’re using a competitor’s reusable bag (yes, we notice you using one of our 15 local competitors bag) we will still give you the 5 cents off. Although, we do offer a couple reusable bags that are much more stylin’.

  • We are incredibly proud of our world famous Newport Ave. Market Jute Bags. (Yes, they really have been photographed around the world.) These bags are one-of-a-kind, extra large, and made from a sturdy cloth. Did we mention they’re world famous? So, obviously you need one.
  • Our glamorous EAT bag doubles as great reading material! You just have to see it to believe it and remember it’s cool to BYOB, bag that is.
  • Hippo Sak® for our “plastic” bag – It’s made stronger, thanks to its Power Strip™ and tri-flex film. These create a reinforced bottom seal, making this bag 10 times stronger than the standard plastic bag. On average, Hippo Sak® has increased items per bag by 25% and reduced bag usage by 20%. Made from U.S. Polyethylene derived from natural gas, not crude oil!! Hippo Ties™ prevent bag contents from spilling over in car. Wider and thicker Hippo Handles are more comfortable to carry.

Electronic Tags
Besides always looking towards cutting edge technology and being trendy, our move towards electronic tags means less paper. It also provides pricing confidence for our customers, creating ease at the check stands.

Take a minute and think of how many products are in your average grocery store (about 39,000). The price of each one of these products is represented by a piece of paper, and every time there is a sale, price change, or product change (daily for many products we carry) a new piece of paper is needed. That all adds up to a lot of paper! Now, also consider the man-hours needed to create, track and change each of them on a daily basis. That’s a lot of hours! At Newport Avenue Market, we use electronic shelf tags to reduce the waste of such resources. All our digital tags are synced with a master system, allowing for quick and accurate updates storewide. These brainy tags even sleep at night to conserve energy, making their batteries last just short of a decade. In recognition of being the first independent grocer to ever utilize electronic shelf tags, we have received the National Small Grocer Award for Technology.