Covid 19 Store Update - We're Reopening!!

We're so excited that the Grainery Store on Agricola Street is reopening to walk-in shopping!

We have been closed to all but pre-order pickup and CSA pickup since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. And while we are still figuring out how to navigate, we are trying to reopen slowly to serve our community. To start we will open on Saturdays from 12 pm to 4 pm and increase days as we can.

We have safety protocols outlined in the attached document, but they are summarized as: when you shop in store masks are mandatory (please shop online if you can't wear a mask for health reasons or contact us for other options), use hand sanitizer, stay 6ft away from other customers and the volunteers, and touch as little as possible. Our volunteers will also wear a mask, handle all the bulk jars, sanitize all high-touch areas in between each customer, and sanitize the rest of the store regularly. We are a volunteer-run food coop and the health of our volunteers and customers is our highest priority.

We are still offering all our other shopping options, from our popular pre-orders to our CSA pickup day on Wednesday to our participation in the The Halifax Brewery Market's Neighbourhood Goods store 

For more information on how our pre-orders work, check out our Pre-Order Catalogue and our Pre-Order FAQs. For the Hutten CSA pickup, please call or stop by the store on the regular pickup day and the volunteer will let you in for pickup.

As always, look out for your friends, family, and neighbours. Support small and local businesses. Be kind to and patient with each other.

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COVID-19 Store and Market Update

The Grainery Store on Agricola Street and the Saturday market stall at the Halifax Brewery Market remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our members talk often about the things we can still do to provide reasonably-priced local and organic food to our members and the general public. This is an unprecedented time and many organizations are still figuring out how to navigate. We are a volunteer-run food coop and the health of our volunteers and customers is our highest priority. Our volunteers are working as hard as they can to navigate the extra work that comes from the changes, but please expect delays in orders, email responses, and social media message responses.

We are still continuing our pre-order program where you can pre-order a bulk product and get it in a few weeks once we receive it from our suppliers. For more information on how our pre-orders work, check out our Pre-Order Catalogue and our new Pre-Order FAQs. We are also still a pick up location for the Hutten CSA. For the Hutten CSA pickup, please call or stop by the store on the regular pickup day and the volunteer will let you in for pickup.

The Saturday Farmer’s Market is closed, but the Halifax Brewery Market team is running a wonderful store called Neighbourhood Goods, where you can shop in person and pick up many of our amazing products the same day, or online and pick up the same week. Neighbourhood Goods offers products from many participating Saturday Market vendors so you can support the other wonderful local businesses we shared our Saturdays with.

As always, look out for your friends, family, and neighbours. Support small and local businesses. Be kind to and patient with each other.

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COVID-19 Store Closure Announcement

In light of the current COVID-19 news and instructions we have decided to temporarily close The Grainery Store on Agricola Street until further notice. We are a volunteer-run food coop and the health of our volunteers and customers is our highest priority. 

We are continuing our pre-order program and will still be a pickup location for the Hutten CSA. For the pickup of a pre-ordered product please make an appointment by emailing grainpre@thegrainery.ca or DMing us on any social media channel. For the Hutten CSA pickup, please call or stop by the store on the regular pickup day and the volunteer will let you in for pickup.

The stall at the Halifax Brewery Farmer’s Market will remain open at this time. Further updates will be posted on our website, social media channels, and at the store. 

As always, lookout for your friends, family, and neighbours. Support small and local businesses. Be kind and patient to each other. 

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Consideration of Crystal Clear Bags - Compostability & Biodegradation

Eco Clear Gusset Bags

We are considering Eco Clear Gusset Bags from Crystal Clear Bags Canada, Inc.

https://clearbags.ca/store/products/eco-clear-gusset-bags/

The cellulose film is made by a company called Futamura (they acquired Innovia).

There are a number of film types & a number of different grades of the film; not sure which type & grade the Eco Clear Gusset Bags use?

http://www.futamuragroup.com/divisions/cellulose-films/products/natureflex/

Supposing that they are of the uncoated variety.  It appears that there are 4 different grades, each of which has a Data Sheet available.

http://www.futamuragroup.com/divisions/cellulose-films/products/natureflex/uncoated/


Here are some of the biodegradation & compostability info for the 4 different grades of Uncoated NatureFlex.  They are all highly permeable to water vapour.  For further details, please see the spec sheets, linked to above.

NPF
Biomass Content: 100%
Industrial compostability certified : EN13432, EN14995, ASTM D6400 and ISO 17088
Home compostability: Certified : OK Compost Home
Anaerobic digestion: Approved : ISO 15985
Marine biodegredation: Approved: ASTM D6691-09

NP
Biomass Content: 95%
Industrial compostability certified : EN13432, EN14995, ASTM D6400 and ISO 17088
Home compostability: OK Compost Home
Anaerobic digestion: Approved : ISO 15985
Marine biodegredation: Approved: ASTM D6691-09

NP25
Biomass Content: 95%
Industrial compostability certified : ASTM D6400
Home compostability: Not registered
Anaerobic digestion: Approved : ISO 15985
Marine biodegredation: Approved: ASTM D7801-05

NPU
Biomass Content: 85%
Industrial compostability certified : EN13432, EN14995, ASTM D6400 and ISO 17088
Home compostability: Not Certified
Anaerobic digestion: Not Tested
Marine biodegredation: Not Tested


Some of these grades obtain the OK Compost Home certification, which comes from an outfit called TUV Austria.

http://www.tuv-at.be/home/

http://www.tuv-at.be/tuev-austria-belgium/bioplastics/doc-center/

Following are the parameters of the certification:

http://www.tuv-at.be/fileadmin/user_upload/docs/download-documents/english/Program_OK_02e_d_OK_compost_HOME.pdf


Since our municipality will not accept bioplastics for compost, what I'm interested in is the home compostability aspect.  So, let's see what we can find by looking at the OK Compost Home specification.

There are a number of international standards, as well as other criteria, of which the NatureFlex film must meet in order for it to obtain the OK Compost Home certification.

From what I can tell without further study of the international standards & deciphering of the OK Compost Home spec sheet, it appears that items with the OK Compost Home specification will biodegrade 90% in 12 months between 20 and 30 degrees C in an aerobic environment such as a proper compost heap.


Concerns:

They are highly permeable to water vapour.

They give off greenhouse gas emissions when they biodegrade; methane & CO2.

Some of the grades are not 100% biomass; presumably, the remainder is made from petroleum product.

To meet the ISO standard with regard to anaerobic biodegradation, the test was at 52 degrees & used an anaerobic inoculum of pretreated household waste.  
Source: Bureau of Indian Standards, ISO 15985:2004 https://archive.org/download/gov.in.is.iso.15985.2004/is.iso.15985.2004.pdf

It would be worthwhile discovering whether or not these conditions are present at our local landfill or whether or not these conditions are necessary for biodegredation.


It's too bad that so many of these ISO documents are exorbitantly priced to view!  Seems wrong that something like that isn't freely available...

If anyone would care to fill in any blanks, please do.

 

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