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PCC Community Markets Takes Another Step to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

Co-op will stop selling plastic water bottles smaller than 1 gallon
Lynn Petrak, Progressive Grocer
PCC Community Markets Takes Another Step to Reduce Single-Use Plastics
PCC Community Markets is reducing the use of petroleum-based plastics across the board.

As part of ongoing sustainability efforts that are core to its business, PCC Community Markets will no longer sell plastic water bottles smaller than 1 gallon in size. The move follows PCC’s previous elimination of single-serve plastic water bottles of 500 milliliters or less, and aligns with the retailer’s intention to reduce the overall use of petroleum-based plastics.

In place of single-use plastic water bottles, the community-owned food market has provided more sustainable options such as water sold in reusable aluminum and glass bottles, bulk water dispensing, and water sold in 92% plant-based recyclable boxed packages.

“PCC’s focus on eliminating petroleum-based plastics is an absolute priority,” said Brenna Davis, VP of social and environmental responsibility. “It is a critical concern for the co-op to address, with plastics being tied to land and water pollution, human exposure to chemicals, and contributions to climate change through plastic production. At PCC, we are continually looking to support the environment and provide our shoppers with sustainable alternatives.”

PCC has also curbed the use of petroleum-based plastic by switching its deli containers to those plant-based compostable materials and replacing plastic straws and utensils with compostable alternatives. In 2007, the co-op banned plastic grocery bags from all of its stores, several years ahead of local government bans and broader adoption of that practice.

Recently, fellow indie banners New Seasons Market and New Leaf Community Markets eliminated single-use bottles of still water, in sizes of 1 liter or under, in single-use plastic, fiber, aluminum or glass containers, from all stores by Earth Day, April 22. 

With an active membership of more than 90,000 households, Seattle-based PCC operates 15 stores in the Puget Sound area, including the cities of Bellevue, Bothell, Burien, Edmonds, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond and Seattle. The co-op also plans to open new stores in Downtown Seattle and Madison Valley, and relocate its Kirkland location.


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