We order the worms on Thursday and they are delivered to the store on Friday. People that are interested in getting worms need to place an order before Wednesday so that they can ensure that worms are reserved for them. People should pick their worms up at the store over the next few days (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). The worms are sold in 1/2 pound lots (this is 1/2 pound of worms in a small bag of soil) and are sold for $45.00. A kit consists of a 53L Rubbermaid Roughtote with holes drilled out of the lid (for ventilation), 1/2 pound bag of worms, 50 litres of soil, a trowel and a marker. The kit is sold for $75.00. We offer the bins and soil separately so you can purchase components as you need them. Please contact us at 780-439-8725 to order the worms and/or worm composting kit.
Doing Green Acts Provides Over $1,500 in Donations to the Local and Global Community for 2012
Another year has passed and I have just finished off sending donations to the last recipients of the Green Acts Rewards programme that we do at Earth’s General Store.
To remind people what the Green Acts Rewards programme is here is an overview:
Earth’s General Store has launched a programme to reward their customers when they do green acts and provides them the opportunity to donate their reward to a choice of three different non-government organisation (NGO) or any organisation that is doing good work in the world.
When a customer refills their own container, brings their own shopping bags, or commutes to or from the store using active transportation they will receive a token that they can use to support a non-profit organisation.
“Earth’s General Store promotes people doing small but significant acts that will make a collective positive difference in the world. This programme will provide a ‘reward’ to customers that make green acts, allow them to pass on the reward to organisations that are doing good work in the world, and the ripple effect will cause a further knock-on”, says storeowner Michael Kalmanovitch.
When a person comes into the store and brings their own bag they will be given a token that they can deposit in a receptacle. The token will represent an amount of money and each receptacle will represent an organisation. At the end of a period (two months) the tokens will be counted and the corresponding money will be donated to that organisation (an example is given below).
“It has taken our society a long time to get into the situation we are in today and it will take awhile for us to learn new and healthier behaviours. The intention of this programme is to support and reward people doing small acts that will help heal our society and the planet,” continues Mr. Kalmanovitch.
An example of how it would work: a person that walks to the store, refills a laundry liquid container & a spice jar, and then put all of their purchases in their own bag when they have paid for the products will be given one green token, two red tokens and one yellow token. Before they leave the store the person would deposit the tokens in one of three receptacles – each receptacle represents one of three non-profit organisations. At the months end we will empty out the containers and send those organisations the appropriate funds.
Earth’s General Store will add $50 to each organisation in addition to the money generated through the positive actions of their customers.
So as you can see we donated, in response to all the Green Acts that our customers did over the past 12 months, over $1,500. Good going everyone.
I want to challenge each and everyone one of you. We should be able to double this total in 2013. That means more of you please bring your own shopping bags, your own containers to refill use green transportation when you come or go fro the store.
I think this is quite doable – do you?
- posted January 29th, 2013
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