A Watershed Moment: Treehuggers goes package-free

On this week’s episode, we hear from Angela Topp, owner of Treehuggers Store in Grand Rapids, as she discusses the benefits of package-free grocery.

Treehuggers, located on the corner of Wealthy and Diamond, opened their Grand Rapids store last August and have since developed a reputation for their environmental stewardship. Within Topp’s store you can find non-toxic, environmentally-safe toys for kids, utilize an in-store recycling center, and as of recently, buy locally sourced vegetarian and vegan groceries, package-free.

“A lot of people don’t realize that plastic bags, like the ones that our food is contained in, is often times made in China; then we recycle it thinking that we’re doing a good thing, which we are, but then often times that packaging is then sent back to China to be recycled into something else. So the footprint on your plastic bags and your plastic packaging is pretty heavy,” explained Topp.

Topp is working to reduce this footprint by partnering with Bartertown to convert the back half of her store to a vegetarian and vegan grocery store, where customers can bring their own containers and buy local peanut butters, nuts, oats, pasta, and more.

To listen to this week’s episode, click here.

“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life.  Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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