Over the last two years, the Easton Public Market has been looking for ways to reduce its environmental impact. Solar panels have been added atop the building, and the market has added bottle refill stations, refillable soap containers, energy efficient lights, and hand dryers, as well as occupancy sensors.
The Highmark Farmstand, recognized in 2019 by the Alliance for Sustainable Communities Lehigh Valley, eliminated plastic bags in 2018, and sources a majority of its products from local and regional producers. The Highmark Farmstand stocks a line of reusable shopping bags and eco-friendly Swedish dishcloths. In 2022, a misfits basket was introduced, offering slightly blemished produce at a reduced rate.
To celebrate Earth Day, enjoy the following events and happenings at Easton Public Market:
Juicing & Smoothie Talk (1-2 p.m. April 24, EPM Kitchen)
Jackie Rueda, of Green Vida Co. Downtown, will discuss the various health benefits of Green Vida’s fresh, cold-pressed juices and smoothies.
Launch of new reusable glass smoothie jars:
Green Vida Co. Downtown will launch a new line of reusable glass smoothie jars on April 29. Green Vida offers a monetary incentive for customers who return the bottles so they can be washed and reused. Customers who order a smoothie will have the option of buying a glass jar at a low cost. Customers get to keep the jar and may bring it back for their next smoothie purchase and receive a BYO credit. The glass smoothie jars will complement the glass juice jars that Green Vida introduced in July 2021 (over 3,500 returned and reused to date!). Green Vida also sends leftover juice pulp to local chicken farmers and sources to-go packaging made from plants that is biodegradable and compostable. Green Vida is obtaining their Green Restaurant Association ® Certification by the end of April (www.dinegreen.com).
ThreeBirds Nest’s commitment to sustainable sourcing:
The drip coffee at Nest
comes from the Daterra farm in Brazil, which is a large project dedicated to sustainability and has earned B-Corp certification. Coffee processing can be water-intensive, and because coffee is often grown in arid climates it is especially important to develop technologies and methods to mitigate its impact on the local region. Other initiatives to improve the environmental impact on coffee farming include growing native flora among the coffee plants in order to preserve a habitat for local wildlife.
Saylor’s and sustainable packaging:
Saylor’s & Co welcomes any customer that would like to use their own containers. Staff is trained to tare weights so that anyone who likes to be plastic-free can be. Also, all of our meats can be paper wrapped. No prepackaging or foam trays here!
Silvershell’s commitment to sustainability:
Silvershell Counter + Kitchen sources their products from the northeastern seaboard as much as possible, and prioritizes healthy, sustainably-raised seafood. Oysters are shipped from the Ocean State Shellfish Cooperative near Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, known as “the microbrewery for oysters.” Salmon are brought in from Scottish open ocean hatcheries, which ensure good muscle growth and healthy fish by exposing them to natural water conditions.
They also use biodegradable packaging, including takeout supplies, when possible. Styrofoam is one of the leading causes of ocean micro plastic pollution, and Silvershell avoids it all together, going for aluminum when a paper item isn’t possible. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable where municipal facilities exist – so rinse and recycle those aluminum trays!