On July 2, Maple Street Co-op in Maleny celebrated the 100th International Day of Cooperatives. The 2022 theme, set by the United Nations and the International Centre for Co-operation is Co-operatives building a better world.
The aim of #CoopsDay is to increase awareness of cooperatives and promote the movement’s ideas of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace.
“We co-ops have a people-centred business model, we’re very different to private business,” says Peter Pamment, Business Manager of Maple Street Co-op.
“Our 1,200 members own the co-op. As a co-op, we put people first. We pride ourselves on being ethical and fair and we are really inspired by the cooperative values of self-responsibility, democracy, equality, and solidarity.
“Here at this co-op we strive to be a community leader, supporting local producers, introducing innovations such as the electric vehicle charging in our driveway and our extensive solar power for the shop.”
Plastic Free July is also being celebrated in the shop with alternatives to plastic and improved packaging. There are 15%-off specials on selected products throughout the shop, and 20% off for Co-op members.
“Many people don’t realise our cellophane bags for the food we sell are fully compostable and you can bring your own jar to buy our local olive oil, honey, tamari and freshly ground nut butters.” says Peter.
The team and members of Maple Street Co-op are definitely building a better Maleny and in turn, a better world.