Grocers, nonprofit set Earth Day activities

BOULDER – Alfalfa’s Market and the nonprofit Center for ReSource Conservation are among the local companies and groups that have plans to celebrate Earth Day, Monday, April 22.

Boulder-based Alfalfa’s plans to kick off a beefed-up recycling program on Wednesday, April 17, in honor of Earth Day, the company said in a press statement. Customers can recycle used baby food pouches, Tom’s of Maine personal care items and No. 4 plastic bags at the store under the new program. Alfalfa’s will send the items to Terracycle, based in Trenton, New Jersey, to be made into new plastic items such as park benches, backpacks and tote bags.

“We are constantly striving to tread more lightly on the planet, and our work towards being a zero-waste store and new up-cycling program truly makes us an innovator in the food retail industry landscape,” Mark Retzloff, chief executive and chairman of Alfalfa’s, said in the press statement.

A “zero-waste” store would be one that does not send any trash to the landfill. “Up-cycling” is the process of turning waste products back into usable products.

Alfalfa’s, 1651 Broadway in Boulder, also will hold events Saturday through Monday, April 20-22, to celebrate its commitment to environmental stewardship, including a “tasting fair” on Saturday and a test-drive of electric bicycles from Pete’s Electric Bikes in Boulder. More information is online at www.alfalfas.com.

Whole Foods Market Inc. (Nasdaq: WFM) has Earth Day-related events planned at its main Boulder store at 2905 Pearl St., including a picnic to benefit nonprofit The Nature Conservancy on Sunday, April 21. Details and a list of other events are online at www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

The Boulder-based Center for ReSource Conservation at 2639 Spruce St. will hold an Earth Day 5K race on Sunday, April 21, to raise funds to support its environmentally friendly programs. The race will be held at the University of Colorado Research Park, 4001 Discovery Drive in Boulder. Details and registration are at conservationcenter.org/about-the-center-for-resource-conservation-crc/earth-day-5k-2013/.

The first recognized Earth Day, April 22, 1970, was started by then-U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis. Earth Day events are held annually around the world to show support for environmental protection.


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