Every Day is Earth Day

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At Oryana, we have always been looking at our operations through green-colored glasses. One of the seven cooperative principles is ‘Concern for Community’ and we take this principle seriously. By being good stewards of our own immediate environment, we wish to foster a community spirit of environmental concern and be a green role model for other businesses. Check out some of the ways Oryana keeps sustainable practices in the forefront of all our decisions.

  • The co-op and our owners recycle over 100,000 lbs of materials per year
  • Our Bulk section allows shoppers to reuse or minimize containers
  • Oryana provides fresh food to Food Rescue of NW Michigan, thus reducing food waste
  • Oryana composts food scraps and coffee grounds with BARC. It goes to a farm for processing
  • Oryana maintains a Community Recycling station at the east entrance on 10th st. contracted with BARC for those that do not have access
  • Oryana maintains Terracyle bins, collecting difficult to recycle items such as toothbrushes, razor blades, and pens
  • Oryana maintains a Community Compost station contracted to SEEDS to maintain for those that do not have access at home
  • 23KW Solar Panels installed 2018 – saves approx. $3,058 with a ROI is 6 years 
  • Run-off water reused from roof for irrigation 
  • We reclaim heat from our refrigeration systems to pre-heat water 
  • Solar hot water system, when on line, preheats domestic water system
  • Reused materials have been used in remodels
  • Green roof gazebo has plantings and soil that filter rain that is collected for irrigation
  • Solar light tubes placed throughout the building allow ambient light 
  • Almost all lights have been converted to energy saving LED 
  • Refrigeration motors and defrosters were converted to high-efficiency  
  • Heat and AC upstairs are new high efficiency micro-splits
  • Office windows and windows in Café area at 10th St. are high efficiency
  • Compacter bailer allows us to recycle baled cardboard (and get paid!)  
  • Outside lights are energy-saving LED and on sensor or timers  
  • Two older boilers have been removed 
  • KEEN has updated the controllers for HVAC
  • AMO, our snow removal company, uses eco-friendly deicers 
  • Gardens on 10th st are focused on native plants 
  • South facing windows at 10th st treated to cut solar gain
  • Low flow toilets
  • Low VOC paints
  • We use compostable cups, cutlery, and containers in our cafe
  • Driveway at 10th St. is made from existing pulverized asphalt
  • We offer a 5% green transportation discount
  • Many shoppers bring their own bags and containers
  • We made the switch to a less toxic receipt at the cash registers and enjoy reduced costs on BPA/BPS-free register tape
  • Our produce roll plastic bags are made from 100% post-industrial recycled content, printed with water-based inks and are “Sustainable Green Product” accredited.  
  • We prioritize local, organic produce