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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, July 1st-September 30th, 2018, you can choose from the following charities:

Capital Region Audubon Society Dedicated to the protection, conservation and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment in the Capital Region of New York State. Our mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. 
 
The Cue Theater - a not-for-profit Educational Lab Theatre – is a safe, supportive, creative and accepting space for students to explore Performing Arts. It was created to provide opportunities in all facets of Theatre Arts – from creation to performance to production – and to provide opportunities for infusing Performing Arts into all aspects of the learning process. Cue helps participants explore their creativity, expand their skills and experience live theatre in new ways. Cue offers year-round Theatre Arts programming including Summer Camps for ages 5+, full-length and junior Theatre Productions, and Outreach to schools and community groups.”
 
15 Love is an inner-city youth program that operates in the inner cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Rensselaer. Since 1990, the program has impacted more than 47,000 youth and their families. Through our mission, we aim to emphasize education, promote good health (both emotional and physical), instill positive values, foster multi-cultural relationships, give back to the community and encourage good sportsmanship. We also strive to create, enhance and execute programs that are beneficial to today’s youth. The free programs that we currently offer include: college prep, school supply distribution, book power clubs, STEM programs, year round tennis programs, healthy cooking & gardening programs, and a book distribution program.
 
Grassroot Givers makes the connection between the needs of our community and those who have resources to share. Our two main programs- a book project which has distributed 230,000 books and a community store/ home essentials program which serves over 600 people per month- supports underserved people in the Capital Region with basic necessities. Our focus is to always give with dignity, to empower individuals and families who are trying to improve their lives. 
 
Long Table Harvest's mission is to cultivate social and economic equality in the local food system through dynamic, inclusive and creative collaborations across our diverse, rural community.
 
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

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