Co-opportunity has been providing natural, organic and local foods to the Santa Monica area since 1974. They have a large selection of certified organic and mostly locally sourced produce, in addition to a wide variety of natural, healthy foods. As a Co-op, they are owned by the local community.
In all areas of Co-opportunity's operations, from products it sells to the interactions with the community, their policies are guided by the concept of sustainability i.e., environmental stewardship, supporting local economy and social responsibility. They were the first grocery store in the Westside to install a two-kilowatt, photovoltaic solar power system on the roof – back in 1999!
Striving for a Zero Waste operation, the Co-op implements a co-mingled blue bin recycling, and food waste composting program store-wide. They purchased a high-end Recycling container from Clean River made from long lasting high density polyethylene (HDPE) containing recycled materials. With aim to help customers recycle materials properly, they custom made their own recycling signage – with images of items regularly purchased and disposed of onsite. They close the recycling loop by procuring janitorial paper products, such as bathroom tissue and paper towels containing minimal 40% post-consumer recycled content. Their print paper is made from 100% post-consumer recycled content paper.
Co-opportunity only stocks environmentally-friendly cleaners on their shelves – like from Earth Friendly Products, and others with essential oils like grapefruit seed and tea tree. If customers return any cleaners, the Co-op reuses the leftovers in-house and then recycles the containers. Going beyond the walls of the store, to prevent waste water run-off during heavy rainfall, they installed a permeable street median interspersed with drought tolerant plants along 15th Street.