Sustainability

Our Deep Commitment to Sustainability

Weavers Way has a long history of environmental action, and we continue to seek ways to improve.

Our stewardship for this planet is written into our Ends.

We invite community engagement in our sustainability efforts through the Weavers Way Environment Committee (WWEC) and our Plastic Reduction Task Force (PRTF). We work together with Weavers Way administration and staff to make the Co-op sustainable.

Environmental Efforts


TerraCycle

The TerraCycle Recycling Project is managed by the Weavers Way Environment Committee (WWEC). We receive funds from TerraCycle based upon how much we recycle. The funds help support WWEC’s environmental community grants program. There are TerraCycle recycling bins located in the three co-op stores:

  • In Mt. Airy, the bin is located at 555 Carpenter Lane (next door to the Co-op) on the left side of the first floor under the stairs.
  • In Chestnut Hill, the bin is in the front of the store by the check-out counter, next to the ATM machine.
  • In Ambler, the bin is outside the front of the store.

We're happy to announce that TerraCycle is still being collected. While we are not sorting, boxing, and shipping right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are picking up the material from all three Weavers Way stores. Below is the most up-to-date list of what we can accept. For more information about TerraCycle, visit www.TerraCycle.com. If you have questions about this project, email leni.dow12@gmail.com.


Electronics Recycling Events

The Weavers Way Environment Committee sponsors regular electronics recycling events. We partner with PAR-Recycle Works, a non-profit organization located in Germantown that offers environmentally responsible e-waste recycling services and employs formerly incarcerated individuals. The funds that we raise through donations at these events support our environmental community grants program. Since 2016, the Environment Committee has collected a total of 49.1 tons of e-waste for recycling — nearly 100,000 pounds.

WWEC usually sponsors two recycling events per year. Our next event is Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Chestnut Hill College. Click here for more info.


The Weavers Way Environment Committee Community Grants Program

Between 1995 and 2020, the Weavers Way Environment Committee awarded more than $134,500 in small grants mainly for community gardens and parks, environmental education projects, and local initiatives that address sustainability and climate change. Funds for the program are raised through donations made at recycling events, at some Giving Twosdays, and through TerraCycle. We invite community groups from Mt. Airy, Germantown, East Falls, West Oak Lane, Roxborough, Ambler, and Chestnut Hill to submit proposals for environmental projects with identifiable public purposes resulting in a tangible improvement for the community. Projects addressing climate change are given preference. Grant amounts currently range from $100 to $500, depending upon available funds and the number of qualified applicants. There is one grant cycle per year with an application deadline in early March. For more information, click here.


Get Involved

Weavers Way is owned by its members, which creates an optimal opportunity for community engagement. Engaging with our sustainability efforts more deeply assures more success of our programs. WWEC and PRTF welcome new members. Committee members fulfill cooperator hour requirements by active participation. Working members can get their hours by signing up to help with the monthly sort-and-ship events found in the Member Center (login required).

You can also visit our Committees page to connect with volunteers working on sustainability at the Co-op.


Environment Committee in the Shuttle