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Sound Consumer, July 2016

Plastics & packaging

We want to explain why PCC is shifting much of our recyclable packaging to compostable packaging.

We want to explain why PCC is shifting much of our recyclable packaging to compostable packaging.

PCC is Retailer of the Year

PCC has been selected as the 2016 Retailer of the Year by WholeFoods Magazine. The magazine praised PCC for being “on the forefront of change.”

PCC has been selected as the 2016 Retailer of the Year by WholeFoods Magazine. The magazine praised PCC for being “on the forefront of change.”

Bothell PCC opening soon

We’re excited to grow PCC’s presence northeast of Seattle and share our love of great food with the opening of Bothell PCC in July.

We’re excited to grow PCC’s presence northeast of Seattle and share our love of great food with the opening of Bothell PCC in July.

Summertime blues

Organic blueberries are at their peak right now, and PCC’s shelves are overflowing with local, organic farmer Mark LaPierre’s abundant crop of the sweet Draper variety. Eat them by the handful or enjoy them in these recipes for summer treats. We’re offering a few classics, including muffins and a buckle, along with more healthful (but still delicious!) options with little to no refined sugar.

Organic blueberries are at their peak right now, and PCC’s shelves are overflowing with local, organic farmer Mark LaPierre’s abundant crop of the sweet Draper variety. Eat them by the handful or enjoy them in these recipes for summer treats. We’re offering a few classics, including muffins and a buckle, along with more healthful (but still delicious!) options with little to no refined sugar.

Rejuvenate summer skin

Our selection of floral waters, toners, mists and serums can help revitalize sun-exposed skin.

Our selection of floral waters, toners, mists and serums can help revitalize sun-exposed skin.

Staff picks

Look for local, organic Lapin and Rainier cherries, Draper blueberries, and more gorgeous summer fruit in our produce departments this month. Also don’t miss our staff picks: PCC Deli Herb and Garlic Lamb Burgers; a local, organic goat cheese; organic, grass-fed buttermilk, refreshing watermelon juice; seaweed-based lotion; and more!

Look for local, organic Lapin and Rainier cherries, Draper blueberries, and more gorgeous summer fruit in our produce departments this month. Also don’t miss our staff picks: PCC Deli Herb and Garlic Lamb Burgers; a local, organic goat cheese; organic, grass-fed buttermilk, refreshing watermelon juice; seaweed-based lotion; and more!

Choosing sustainable shrimp

Outside of the United States and Canada, both farmed and wild shrimp carry a destructive burden, making it difficult for conscientious eaters to find shrimp that meets their values. PCC sells only sustainable wild shrimp.

Outside of the United States and Canada, both farmed and wild shrimp carry a destructive burden, making it difficult for conscientious eaters to find shrimp that meets their values. PCC sells only sustainable wild shrimp.

Sunscreen and coral reefs

A chemical found in thousands of sunscreens worldwide may partly be responsible for coral reef bleaching — and all it takes is a drop. PCC sells only sunscreens that are better for the environment and your health.

A chemical found in thousands of sunscreens worldwide may partly be responsible for coral reef bleaching — and all it takes is a drop. PCC sells only sunscreens that are better for the environment and your health.

Letters to the editor

Silicone bakeware · “Flavor” in chicken broth · Grass-fed meat · Certified Humane dairy · Local berries · Soap fragrance · Ingredient integrity · PCC Deli grilled chicken breast

Silicone bakeware · “Flavor” in chicken broth · Grass-fed meat · Certified Humane dairy · Local berries · Soap fragrance · Ingredient integrity · PCC Deli grilled chicken breast

News bites

Huge bee losses · Drugs in Puget Sound salmon · Fruit protects against cancer · Responsible labor in produce · Kashi incentivizes organic · Microbeads in body products · New York sued for farmworker rights · Hawaii helps farms go organic · Cows eat oregano, fight climate change? · Quaker Oats “natural” lawsuit · Health Canada approves GE salmon

Huge bee losses · Drugs in Puget Sound salmon · Fruit protects against cancer · Responsible labor in produce · Kashi incentivizes organic · Microbeads in body products · New York sued for farmworker rights · Hawaii helps farms go organic · Cows eat oregano, fight climate change? · Quaker Oats “natural” lawsuit · Health Canada approves GE salmon

Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn about a new milestone for organic sales, the rise of organic chicken breeds, why Northwest Dungeness crab are in peril, and more reports from the field and ocean.

Learn about a new milestone for organic sales, the rise of organic chicken breeds, why Northwest Dungeness crab are in peril, and more reports from the field and ocean.

Sound Consumer, July 2016