Being a part of a co-operative a small radical step to help shift the unsustainable way we do things in the world. On Saturday 7th July 2018, we celebrate International Co-operatives Day. Working co-operatively breaks down financial barriers and power structures. It resonates with communities as a model that is both transparent and accessible. It is just a damn good way to do business.
At the Nelson Organic Co-operative, we’ve not only brought in the good things about being a co-operative, but the great things that being part of the organic movement can also bring. Both share similar goals – and one of them is the theme for this years celebration: sustainable consumption and production.
Loop in the Plastic Free July, and its fairly plain to see that the Nelson Organic Co-operative is really at the forefront of how we procure, sell and eat organically; how we work together; and how we interact with our environment.
Last week we officially opened the Ecoland premises. Associate Minister for the Environment, Hon. Eugenie Sage was guest speaker at the formal opening – and highlighted the circular economy. One where what is produced is considered from cradle to the grave – i.e. all aspects of what is involved are accounted for in our natural environment, in the way we engage with each other, and in the footprint that it will have. The idea is that the components of a product should go around in circles, rather than end up dumped in a rubbish tip.
It is also a challenge to us – there is no such thing as no impact, even with a circular economy. There is always some emissions going into the atmosphere, some degree of energy expended, and something – somewhere – has had to give up space for our activity. But if we think that what we eat provides us with the necessities of life, and therefore we need to identify the best way to eat and produce food, then being organic and purchasing and consuming your produce with a conscience and an eye for minimising your footprint, is the best step you can take.