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Enviro Tokens: Benefiting People and the Planet

Envirotokens logo with the following text: For every reusable bag you use, we'll give you five cents off or an enviro token to to donate to a local organization. Just drop your token in the slot for the organization you want to support and we'll pass the funds along.Honest Weight's Enviro Tokens program started in September of 2015. Prior to that, Honest Weight was reimbursing shoppers a nickel for each cloth reusable bag they use to shop the Co-op, incentivising reuse and reducing waste. With the Enviro Tokens program, shoppers have the choice to donate that nickel to a charity of their choosing. The goal is to turn a simple green living practice into a chance to give back – everybody wins!

Each quarter we select five charitable organizations. To date, we’ve donated more than $24,850 dollars to 50 local non-profit organizations and our shoppers have reused nearly 500,000 bags.

So remember to bring your cloth bags next time you shop at Honest Weight! When you checking out, opt for the Enviro Token wooden nickel instead of the five cent refund. Place your nickel in the box of your choosing on your way out the door and watch the tally raise from week to week as our collectivized nickels make a huge impact on our community!

This quarter, October 1st-December 31st, 2018, you can choose from the following charities:

New Baltimore Conservancy - The New Baltimore Conservancy is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to conserve and enhance the natural, cultural and historic resources in and around New Baltimore NY.  We manage ~260 acres of properties owned by the Open Space and Scenic Hudson land trusts and the Town of New Baltimore, designing and managing property trails with ongoing maintenance as well as larger-scale projects; including an innovative plastic-wood bridge, a scenic observation deck overlooking a tidal pond and a boardwalk meandering through a cattail marsh.
 
Historic Albany Foundation - Historic Albany Foundation preserves and protects buildings that have architectural, historic or civic value, by providing advocacy, education, and technical services. 
 
Strong Through Every Mile - Strong Through Every Mile empowers survivors of domestic violence through the sport of running. Our program, one of trauma-informed care, meets survivors where they're at and supports them through a 10-week Couch-to-5K training that ends with their first 5K race.
 
New York Bicycling Coalition - New York Bicycling Coalition advocates for pro-bicycle policies and funding at all levels of government; educates new yorkers about bicycle safety and the benefits of bicycling; provides technical assistance and support to advocates and government entitites; and promotes bicycle tourism across the state.
 
Skribblers Magazine, Inc. - a non-profit children's magazine serving the Capital Region of Upstate New York, developed to encourage creativity and literacy in young artists and writers between the ages of 4 and 12 years old.
Totals from last quarter:
 
Capital Region Audubon Society - $664.85
The Cue Theater - $335.00
15 Love - $565.40
Grassroot Givers - $442.25
Long Table Harvest - $411.85
 
Past Recipients:

2018
Camp Little Notch
The Sanctuary for Independent Media
Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE)
Mom Starts Here
Old Friends at Cabin Creek
Scruff, Spaying Capital Region Unowned Feral Felines
NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Health
Wildwood Programs
Children at the Well
Rensselaer Land Trust
Capital Region Audubon Society
The Cue Theater
15 Love
Grassroot Givers 
Long Table Harvest

2017
Parks & Trails
Orange Street Cats
Sch. Theatre For Children
Equinox
HWFC Community Initiative
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Two Together
Warren Washington Albany ARC
Whiskers
Homeless Action CommitteeEnvironmental Advocates of New York
Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH)
Black Child Development Institute-Albany, NY
Kitten Angels
The Legal Project
Girls on the Run
Refugees & Immigrants
Riverkeeper
Albany Bike Rescue
Out of the Pits

2016
Unity House
MH Humane Society
Pine Hills Arboretum
Albany Barn
NE Association for the Blind
Social Justice Center
Coalition for the Homeless
Friend of Five Rivers
Special Olympics
Alliance for Positive Health
Albany Vegan Network
Peppertree Dog Rescue
Albany Bicycle Coalition
Albany Discovery Center
The Food Pantries
Youth FX (Grand Street Community Arts)
South End Children's Café
Vegetable Project
Hudson River Watershed Alliance
Equine Advocates


2015
Capital Roots
Albany Pride Center
Habitat for Humanity
Sierra Club
Literacy New York Greater Capital Region