Green Initiatives at True Nature Foods: Sustainable Solutions in an Urban Setting

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Riggs, Carla
Master of Arts in Earth Literacy
The focus of this writing is True Nature Foods and its green initiatives. True Nature Foods is a small grocery store in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Store owner Paula Companio serves her customers by offering quality products, and her priority is the health of her customers and her community. She understands that these are connected to the health of the environment and has undertaken a number of initiatives with this in mind. This writing will detail these initiatives and describe the author’s involvement with certain of the store’s projects. The geographical, socio-cultural, and economic context of True Nature Foods will be considered, with an emphasis on the particular environmental problems encountered in this urban setting and on the impact of small-scale solutions in an urban environment.