PCC Community Markets, a Seattle-based community-owned market that sells 15 stores of food on Tuesday, announced that it will stop selling plastic bottles of water below one gallon.
The retailer's new restriction on single-use plastic bottles of 500ml or less is now being extended. The PCC stores in the Puget Sound will cease selling around 100,000 single-use plastic bottles every year.
According to PCC, the extension of the ban on plastic water bottles is part of the ongoing effort of the co-op to reduce the use of petroleum-based materials. This ban is the latest initiative from PCC, which include:
* PCC is working to eliminate all petroleumbased plastics from the packaging for delis. In the year 2019, PCC switched from petroleum-based deli plastic to plant based compostable. This resulted in more than 8,000,000 pieces of petroleum plastic being eliminated each year.
Brenna Davi PCC's vice-president for social and environmental accountability, stated that removing petroleum-based products is a priority. The cooperative must tackle the problem of plastics' relationship to water and soil pollution, human chemical exposure and climate change. We at PCC always looking for sustainable options to help the environment and provide our customers alternatives.
Sparkling water and drinks with high PH are exempt from the ban.
PCC will collaborate with retailers to provide more sustainable options. They are aiming to provide water in refillable and reusable aluminum containers in line with the new water bottle ban. Rather than single-use cans, these bottles are sturdy enough to be reused many times, and in the event of damage they can be recycled easily. These aluminum bottles are recyclable indefinitely as glass.
PCC provides water solutions that go beyond just water. Bulk water dispensing is one example.
Boxed water (which is 92% plant-based and recyclable in Puget Sound and made of Forest Stewardship Council certified paper) and glass water bottles, which are reusable as well as recyclable.
The new ban is in line with PCC's sustainability goals for five years that also include achieving carbon-negative store operations and expanding the selection of organic products.
Coborn's, a grocer in the midwestern region is scheduled to change to Associated Wholesale Grocers in its primary wholesale supplier beginning next year.
AWG will begin grocery deliveries to St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn's in January, the companies said. AWG's Upper Midwest Division in St. Louis will offer services to the supermarket chain. Cloud is located inside the former Creative Memories warehouse complex in the city’s I-94 Business Park. AWG's Nebraska Divisions will ship frozen and fresh products temporarily.