Rainbow Grocery CO-OP will be CLOSED all day May 1st for International Workers Day! We will resume our normal hours on May 2nd.
Make it a day on, not a day off!
The Brief Origins of May Day
By Eric Chase – 1993.
“Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.
In the late nineteenth century, the working class was in constant struggle to gain the 8-hour work day. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10 to 16 hour days in unsafe conditions. Death and injury were commonplace at many work places and inspired such books as Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and Jack London’s The Iron Heel. As early as the 1860’s, working people agitated to shorten the workday without a cut in pay, but it wasn’t until the late 1880’s that organized labor was able to garner enough strength to declare the 8-hour workday. This proclamation was without consent of employers, yet demanded by many of the working class.”
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WE WILL CLOSED TUESDAY MARCH 31ST IN HONOR OF CESAR CHAVEZ!
Promote service to your community in honor of Cesar Chavez’s life and work!
Make it a day on, not a day off!
Rainbow Grocery Coop is finally able to provide customers and workers with a non-toxic register receipt. Over a year ago, studies showed that the bisphenol-A (BPA)-free receipts we were using still contained bisphenol-S (BPS), also an endocrine disrupting substance. Like BPA, it is easily absorbed through the skin.
However, although the industry still claims that BPA-free, BPS-coated papers (as well as plastic products) are “safe”, there is enough controversy that a few paper manufacturers, processers, and distributors are now providing receipt papers without any toxic phenol content.
As our supplier’s main customer for the BPA-free receipt rolls (would you believe it!), we have been at least partly instrumental in providing a demand for BPA/BPS-free receipts. Now we will be the first in the Bay Area to provide these phenol-free receipts. We hope that successful use of these new receipts will encourage other businesses to make the change as well.
Our receipts are now safe to recycle; but keep in mind that you will still be getting the toxic receipts from other stores and you should discard them as soon as possible. Put them in the trash, not the recycling bin where they have been shown to contaminate the recycling stream. These receipts can contaminate other things as well, so wash your hands frequently and don’t let your children play with them. When shopping, look for BPA/BPS free drinking containers and use glass not plastic baby bottles.
Our new phenol-free receipts are manufactured using Vitamin C instead of phenols, and therefore have a natural yellow tint.
Rainbow Grocery is committed to the health of its workers and customers and continues to research and offer the best options as they become available.
For more details, read on below, or talk to a member of our Ecology Committee.
Our new register paper uses a vitamin C product as the image developer. The new register systems don’t use ink. Instead they use heat printing to develop an image on a paper coating. The Vitamin C coating is less reactive to heat and results in a lighter image than our old receipts. However, our new receipts will last for years and can be scanned.
Another supplier we know might be using a different chemical, also supposed to be benign, but in both cases we are unable to get more information about any of these ingredients.
Lack of information and regulation
One problem identifying toxins in consumer products is that manufacturers claim “trade secrets” in order to not release chemical compositions. Regulatory agencies do not require manufacturers to test for safety before putting products on the
market. There is information (MSDS sheets) for many chemical products but not for all “inactive” ingredients or for papers.
Spreading the word
We plan to help spread the information about phenols in register receipts to stores in our coop networks and help them make the switch. Together we might be able to access independent testing to ensure the information we are receiving is accurate.
If you’d like to know possible sources for these new receipt rolls, call our Ecology Committee at 415-863-0620 or email them at Ecology@rainbow.coop . We can provide you with our wholesalers’/distributors’ information.
For more information on endocrine disrupters in BPS/BPA and their negative health effects, search the internet for endocrine disrupters (BPA/BPS) or see these links:
Come to Rainbow on Thursday evenings in October for these classes and events by your favorite local cooperatives. All events are free and will be held in Rainbow’s meeting space at 1769 Folsom Street.
Thursday October 9th, 7:00-8:00 pm
Bike flat repair class and prevention tips
Box Dog Bikes is back again to provide a bike flat repair demo for coop month. The free class will cover how to prevent bike flats from happening, and how to repair them if they do. Anyone can get a flat, but there’s no reason a flat tire means the end of your ride. Bike tools will be provided for the demonstration. Bring your bike or a wheel to practice on.
Box Dog Bikes is a worker-owned cooperative bicycle sales and repair shop at 14th and Guerrero streets in San Francisco, CA. They focus on selling bikes and accessories that are versatile and comfortable, as good on the daily commute as they are on a week long bike tour. On the repair side, they take pride in their quick turn around, friendly service, and attention to detail.
Thursday October 16th, 6:30-8:00pm
Coop Panel: Why shop coop? How your local worker coop grocery stores help our community, workers and the environment.
Workers from Mandela Foods, Other Avenues Food Store, and Rainbow Grocery will talk about how worker-owned, cooperative grocery stores are unique contributors to our community. Learn more about each store’s history and how your consumer dollar at worker-owned coops makes a difference.
Other Avenues is an all-worker-owned, natural foods cooperative located at 3930 Judah Street between 44th and 45th Avenues. It is a favorite shopping hub for residents of the Outer Sunset community. In the west end of the city, Other Avenues is the only non-corporate, grocery market. It also functions as a community center where shoppers can attend workshops on nutrition, wellness and cooking sponsored by the coop.
Mandela Foods Cooperative is a worker-owned grocery store located conveniently across from the West Oakland BART station in Oakland. They offer sustainably grown produce, high quality food, and local goods seven days a week. Their motto is: Food- People-Power.
Thursday October 30th, 6:00-9:00pm
Worker Coop Fair: Did you know there are over 40 local worker coops? There are grocery stores, bakeries, pizzerias, bike shops, bookstores, graphic and web designers, bio-fuel stations, housecleaners, landscapers, gardeners, tech support and repair shops, cafes, martial art studios, courier services and more! Come feel the coop spirit! Information, products for sale & free samples from local worker-owned coops.View Post