In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share a few things that we do around the co-op to support sustainability.
The Merc Co-op has been selected as a 2019 Co+efficient Sustainability Star! This award recognizes the co-op’s positive impacts on the community and the environment. Co-ops are eligible in only two out of three years – and despite also receiving the award last year, our co-op broke the mold and truly stood out above the rest again in 2018.
While reviewing our co-op’s Articles of Incorporation in 2018, your Board of Directors made an important discovery - one that is both a cause for celebration and a call-to-action for our owners.
After 44 years, your community-owned food co-op is ready to multiply! Your co-op’s Board of Directors and management have achieved alignment to sign a non-binding letter of intent to open a store at the corner of 5th and Minnesota in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. This alignment has been built through a year’s worth of visioning, conversations and feasibility.
“Everyone Welcome” is a motto the co-op adopted many years ago. We posted it on signs outside the co-op and marched with it on banners in parades. But, this invitation to shop and share in our cooperative is such a tiny piece of the larger work that we must do to become a co-op that truly represents the individuals and needs within our community.
As a community-owned co-op we are committed to complete transparency with the public. We are deeply embarrassed to admit that health inspectors identified a pest issue within an isolated portion of the store.
This May 12th, in over 70 countries around the globe, we celebrate World Fair Trade Day and the hard work, resilience, and innovation of small-scale farmers and artisans.
And this May, Fair World Project is partnering with brands committed to working with farmers to bring home deals on their fair trade products along with offering more opportunities to get involved.