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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.

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 $31,900 to 70 local non-profit organizations and our shoppers have reused over 638,006 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, July 1st-September 30th, 2019, you can choose from the following charities:

GLSEN New York Capital Region
In 1994, a teachers group made up of gay and lesbian educators in the Albany region met informally to network, socialize and discuss LGBT issues. In 1995, one of the members of this group ran across GLSTN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Teacher Network) on the internet, presented the idea to others, and invited Kevin Jennings to speak to the group. Though several joined GLSTN at the national level, and one attended the Northeast Regional GLSTN Conference, there was not enough of a commitment to form a local chapter at this time. In December of 1996, a teacher from Saratoga called together those interested in forming a local GLSTN chapter, and from January to March, a steering committee met to guide the group until elections were held in April. After elections, steps were taken to become chartered by GLSTN, while participating in conferences and local activities. On November 6, 1997, GLSEN NY Capital Region became officially recognized as a GLSEN chartered chapter.
 
The Albany Damien Center
The Albany Damien Center's Mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS in an affirming environment and to reduce new infections in the communities we serve. The Damien Center envisions a community where people with HIV/AIDS achieve their desired potential and are respected as coworkers, neighbors, and, friends while striving for an HIV free generation.
 
The Radix Center
The mission of the Radix Center is to promote ecological literacy and environmental stewardship through educational programs based around demonstrations of sustainable technologies. At the Radix Center, we believe it is possible to meet human needs while simultaneously restoring ecosystems. Good environmental stewardship is rewarded by better health, wholesome food, and strong communities. The Radix Center teaches practical skills that can be applied to create environmental and economic sustainability. An emphasis is placed on issues of food security, health, and the remediation of contaminated soils.
 
Commission on Economic Opportunity
CEO changes lives. CEO makes a difference in the local community. CEO gives people in need the tools necessary to lift themselves out of poverty. Our services are catered to meet the ever-changing needs of Rensselaer County and the Capital Region. We educate people, give them access to life-changing programs, and we help them set and achieve their goals. Through a strengths-based approach, we help those less fortunate build new lives for themselves – lives full of happiness, success, hope, and empowerment.
 
Oakwood Community Center
The mission of Oakwood Community Center is to bring neighbors together and build bridges among grassroots organizations in the city of Troy, New York. We do this by maintaining the historic Oakwood building as a welcoming and nourishing space. We are best known for our Soul Café, monthly pay-what-you-can dinners that bring people together to cook, eat, and connect with one another. We also have a busy food pantry, kids programs, and we host a wide range of meetings, lectures, and other community events.

Totals from last quarter:

Huyck Preserve $765.35

Camp to Belong (Northern Rivers) $735.68

The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm $370.29

Albany Can Code $372.73

8th Step Coffeehouse $381.85

 

Past Recipients:

2019
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

 

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