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

Weavers Way Environment Committee’s Terracycle Program closed, effective 10/31/21. However, an Ambler co-op member collects Late July Chip Bags and Entenmann’s Little Bites bags. Money raised from these bags will be donated to the Mattie Dixon Food Cupboard in Ambler. The collection bins in the three stores will remain in place for this collection.

For more information, see the October 2021 article in the Shuttle.


Electronics Recycling Events

The Weavers Way Environment Committee sponsors regular electronics recycling events. They 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 raised through donations at these events support the Environment Committee’s grants program.   In 2021 alone, more than 8 tons of electronics and 550 pounds of batteries were recycled. Generally these events are held in the spring.

Stay tuned for information about the next event in the Spring of 2022.


The Weavers Way Environment Committee Community Grants Program

Between 1995 and 2021, the Weavers Way Environment Committee awarded more than $136,000 in small grants mainly for community gardens and environmental education projects. Those initiatives that address sustainability and climate change are favored. Funds for the program are raised through donations made at recycling events and at some Giving Tuesdays. Community groups from Philadelphia and nearby suburbs are invited to apply, with preference given to those close to WW stores and in underserved neighborhoods. Applications should be for  identifiable public purposes resulting in tangible improvements for the neighborhood. Grant amounts currently range from $100 to $500, depending upon available funds and number of qualified applicants. There is one grant cycle per year with an application deadline in early March. Applications will be available online beginning in the new year.


Get Involved

The Environment Committee (WWEC) and the Plastic Reduction Task Force (PRTF) both welcome new members. Weavers Way is owned by its members, which creates an optimal opportunity for community engagement. Committee members fulfill cooperator hour requirements by active participation. The Environment Committee generally meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. The Plastic Reduction Task Force generally meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm. Check for locations online. Come and attend a meeting so you’ll know if you’d like to join.

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


Environment Committee in the Shuttle