GreenTown launches Co-op

GreenTown Los Altos launched the GreenTown Co-op this month to help food service suppliers, restaurants and their patrons to eliminate polystyrene and nonrecyclable plastic containers and switch to biocompostables.

The first two restaurants to sign up are Chef Chu’s in downtown Los Altos and Brian’s in the Rancho Shopping Center. Both have supported the Co-op concept since GreenTown started exploring it.

The Co-op is a partnership between GreenTown Los Altos and Palo Alto-based World Centric (, a national supplier of quality compostable products.

Participating restaurants and food-service suppliers receive a 25 percent discount on the line of biocompatibles that World Centric offers. Schools will receive a 30 percent reduction for their hot lunch vendors. Through aggregated volume and the negotiated discount, Co-op pricing is better than even the largest restaurants could negotiate on their own and it brings the same price benefit to smaller restaurants.

GreenTown Los Altos’ goal is to eliminate polystyrene in Los Altos. You can help make this happen.

To support the effort to go green, thank the restaurants that are using compostables and tell the others that you want compostables. Most business owners want to do the right thing, but it always helps to know their customers care.

If you are a restaurant interested in going green and finding an eco-friendly alternative to plastics, consider joining the GreenTown Co-op. Membership is free, open to anyone and the benefits are numerous.

For more information, call Program Chairwoman Mary Clark Bartlett or Vice Chairman Mike Barnes at 714-9660 or visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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