Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Make every day Earth Day. We reuse and recycle and appreciate your help! Not only are we helping the earth by recycling and reusing, we’re helping our farmers and producers save money on packaging materials. Please note, we are not offering to do your recycling, and ask that you bring back only these returnables from Fair Shares: egg cartons you got from Fair Shares; RINSED half pint, pint and quart jars* from Fair Shares; berry/cherry tomato cartons and clam shells from Fair Shares (*please note the “from Fair Shares” trend)

We will take back the brown bags we pack your shares if they are in decent shape. Please fold them and sort them into groups of small, medium, and large sizes. If we send your share in an egg box, we would like that back. If it is any other box, please recycle it.

We reduce our use of plastic bags in order to keep costs down and contribute to the glut of plastic in the environment. There will be plenty of produce we need to weigh into plastic bags, but there will also be lots of fresh produce items that are bunched or loose. We will not take produce bags back, but we encourage you to bring along some of your produce bags from previous weeks to help keep everything fresh. Also, note that berries and cherry tomatoes often come in open containers, so to keep them from spilling all over your bag, bring along a couple of extra to slip the carton into for the ride home.

We’ve asked Brian Severson Farms not to shrink wrap the individual brown bags of rolled oats and oat pancake mix they sell to us. We will store them in sealed tubs in our walk-in. We suggest that you store them in glass jars or other sealed containers if you don’t plan to use them in a couple of weeks of purchase. They stay fresh longer in the refrigerator, if you have room.

Pete from Stringbean coffee will take (only) his coffee bags back. He pays to have them recycled into tubs. We will have a box set up for his coffee bags.

We encourage you to recycle the items we can’t take back. Did you know that Operation Brightside is directly across Kingshighway from the intersection at Northrup where the FS Mothership is located?

Here are the jars we DO NOT take back:

Ozark Forest soy and hot sauce bottles
Olive Oil
Balsamic vinegar
Nut Butters
Plastic Bottles or Jars
R&R Farms CBD jars

Here are the jars we DO want back:

Blue Heron
Ozark Forest half pint jars
Melissa’s Busy Bees
Two Men and a Garden

We also take back all the pint and quart cardboard and plastic berry and cherry tomato containers.