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Keepin’ it Green

Kermit the frog may be known for the lyrics “It’s not easy being green” (OK, it was actually a piece of broccoli shouting that out), but here at Newport Ave. Market, we think it’s not only easy but also a great idea.

We’re sending a shoutout to our friends at The Green Spot, who help our local community focus on stewardship, environmental concerns and a whole lotta good stuff.

As a member, Newport Avenue Market has earned badges by making commitments in both the Community and Recycling categories. These commitments include:

  • Educate all current staff and new employees with regards to eco-friendly practices
  • Educate all customers with regards to eco-friendly options for their purchase
  • Market your businesses green efforts by word of mouth, in print and on your website
  • Support local community organizations/causes
  • Participate in COEC’s Sustainable Business Program
  • Utilize goods and services from businesses listed with The Green Spot
  • Offers employee benefits such as subsidizing medical insurance premiums and/ or providing vouchers to offset medical expenses and providing retirement benefits, such as 401(k) options, etc.
  • Offer discounts to other green businesses
  • Recycling program in place for paper, bottles, cans, aluminum, and glass, plastic and cardboard.
  • Order in bulk to reduce packaging and use/offer refillable containers
  • Packaging is reused to its fullest extent before it is recycled
  • Items purchased are reusable, recyclable and/or durable
  • Double side all office paper when printing is necessary
  • Use recycled content paper including office paper, paper towels and toilet paper
  • Participates in a compost program for food waste
  • Events hosted follow zero waste guidelines, avoiding disposable items
  • Donate items you can’t reuse to thrift stores, salvage yards, food banks, homeless shelters or used equipment stores
  • Offer discounts to consumers for bringing their own bags, cups

What can YOU do this day, week, month, and year to make a difference in your local green community?