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Entering our 5th Year of Enviro Tokens!

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.

For every reusable bag you use at checkout, you'll receive either five cents off your bill or an Enviro Token to donate those five cents to a local organization! 

Honest Weight's Enviro Tokens program started in September of 2015. Prior to that, Honest Weight was reimbursing shoppers a nickel for each reusable bag they use to shop the Co-op, incentivizing 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 been able to donate more than $36,982.50 to 75 local non-profit organizations and our shoppers have reused over 739,650 bags.

So remember to bring your reused or reusable 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, January 1st-March 31st, 2020, you can choose from the following charities:

The Albany County Land Bank is a non-profit organization established by Albany County in 2014 to facilitate the process of acquiring, improving, and redistributing tax-foreclosed, vacant or abandoned properties. The Land Bank works in partnership with local and state government, non-profits, residents, community groups, and responsible developers and investors to return properties to productive use and support community development.

Grassland Bird Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust conserving critical habitat for New York’s endangered, threatened and rapidly declining grassland birds.  We’ve conserved over 200 acres of critical habitat in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA).  This area supports 10 of 11 of New York’s most imperiled grassland bird species. It is critical to the survival of Short-eared Owls in New York State! Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) is the only nonprofit dedicated to acquiring and permanently protecting critical habitat across  New York State for endangered and at-risk grassland birds.  We currently own and manage 78 acres within the viewshed of our Alfred Z. Solomon (AZS) Grassland Bird Viewing Area in Fort Edward. We are a proud member of the Land Trust Alliance.

Troy Bike Rescue is a collective of cycling enthusiasts operating a volunteer-run bicycle resource space in North Central Troy.  We are committed to removing bikes from the waste stream and getting them back on the streets. We help to build bicycle community in the capital region through hands-on education.  You can join us!  We are always looking for new members who are interested in community and youth empowerment, creating safe spaces, questioning corporate car culture, and workin’ on bikes.  No experience necessary!

Albany Therapeutic Riding Center offers customized therapeutic riding services to individuals from youth to adults. Programs are developed based upon the individual needs of the student. We work on a range of goals to assist in addressing specific areas including but not limited to muscular, cognitive, speech/communication, listening skills, anxiety/stress reduction, and other objectives. Students come to us from a range of backgrounds and, together, we strive for success on each one's own terms. Private lessons last approximately 30 minutes to one hour and are typically held on weekends and some weeknights. Lessons are weather dependent, as they are held outdoors.

Wizard’s Wardrobe provides an after school, one to one, free, tutoring program for elementary school students in Albany’s South End to support and supplement classroom learning, foster creativity and enhance literacy. We create a literacy-rich environment where tutors share one-on-one time with a child to master the skills of reading and writing, and problem-solving.  Our trained tutors welcome students into a safe space, with an imaginative theme. They build  strong, supportive relationships while sharing a love of reading. Through a variety of creative learning activities they practice reading, writing and problem-solving skills.

Totals from last quarter - 

Hunger Solutions New York $929.50

Support Ministries Inc., Capital Region $322.70

Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary $634.65

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC) $773.20

Albany Civic Theater $358.15

Past Recipients:

2019
Huyck Preserve
Camp to Belong (Northern Rivers)
The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm
Albany Can Code
8th Step Coffeehouse
Albany Fund for Education
Crossroads Center for Children
The Albany Housing Coalition, Inc.
RISSE (Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus)
The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance
GLSEN New York Capital Region
The Albany Damien Center
The Radix Center
Commission on Economic Opportunity
Oakwood Community Center
Hunger Solutions New York
Support Ministries Inc., Capital Region
Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary
The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC)
Albany Civic Theater

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
New Baltimore Conservancy
Historic Albany Foundation
Strong Through Every Mile
New York Bicycling Coalition
Skribblers Magazine, Inc.

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