Central Co-op is an independent, member-owned natural foods cooperative, but you don't have to be a member to shop. Come visit us at our home here in the heart of Seattle.
We invite you to share our commitment to products that are ethically-traded and sustainably-produced, and support producers within our local food economy. We offer a wide array of products, with a great selection of organics and foods for special and restricted diets. And consider becoming an owner to receive additional benefits and to become part of the Co-op community. Click here to join!
“Round Up” for Recovery Efforts in the Philippines
Central Co-op is making it simple to donate to recovery efforts in the Philippines! Through a campaign at our check stands, you can Round Up your grocery bill to the nearest dollar and donate the change. We will match the first $500 that is raised in this effort, and funds will be donated through the Cooperative Disaster Recovery Fund. This fund drive is running alongside our continuing Holiday Foodraising Drive Round Up campaign
for local food banks.
If you’re looking for ways to gift more consciously, we’re a great place to start.
The socially and environmentally-minded principles we were founded upon still form the backbone for our product selection, so we’ve always had a focus on local, sustainable, and ethically produced and traded goods.
It may be true that Christmas has become a marketplace tool to increase sales of consumer goods, yet it’s still an opportunity to show love and thoughtfulness to family, friends, and community, to help keep our local economy strong, and to reap the benefits of giving – encouraged by countless cultural and spiritual traditions, and even scientifically shown to trigger parts of our brain that make us feel good.
Gifting can mean a lot of things, from sharing a meal in the age-old tradition of breaking bread in community, giving a special or useful gift, acknowledging abundance in our own lives by passing some of it on, to creating the special magic and fun that Christmas can bring. We’re here to help make the magic happen.
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If you’re looking for something special, please get in touch with us! We’re happy to answer any questions you might have. Call 206-329-1545 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Small Farmers, For Small Farmers: The Next Step in the Evolution of Fair Trade
by phyllis robinson, education and campaigns manager, equal exchange
Coming Soon: Farmer-Owned Fair Trade!
The first Fair Trade farmer-owned certification system, referred to as the Small Producer Symbol(SPP, for its Spanish acronym) will arrive this fall on Equal Exchange coffees in food co-ops and natural food stores across the country. Ten years in the making, the SPP certification system represents the small farmers’ persistent attempt to ensure a more just trade system for their fellow farmers everywhere. The colorful SPP logo will initially appear on Equal Exchange coffee bags and bulk coffee bins, and will soon become more prominent throughout stores.
While the SPP itself is just a little logo, in actuality, the real symbolism of this new Fair Trade seal is anything but small. This bold step forward reflects the fact that today the very folks for whom the Fair Trade movement was built are taking a leadership role in shaping their own destiny. The potential impact this new system will have on small farmers, their cooperative organizations, and the entire FairTrade movement could be quite profound indeed.
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The co-op is looking for employees who share our commitment to customer service, natural foods, support of local farmers and vendors, product guidelines, and the Cooperative Principles.
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