Darling Amalgamated Retail Emporium is committed to preserving the environment. From an Environmental Partnership with Hennepin County, to partnering with recycle masters, TerraCycle and Green Circle Salons, we are trying to have as small a carbon footprint as possible. We recycle all common items – paper, cardboard, cans, plastic bottles, glass, etc, as well as serving as a collection point for tooth-brushing supplies (toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes, empty floss containers), plastic cereal box liners and cereal bags, cigarette waste (butts, papers, plastic & foil from boxes), makeup/beauty supply product packaging, and disposable razors + their packaging,
We have a hot/cold water cooler with REAL cups & glassware for water, tea, or coffee. We have a Kuerig for single serve coffee made with reusable coffee pods, for little waste. We also compost what we can in a retail setting!
All of our retail bags & packing materials are reused as well. From gift bags, to tissue paper, to bubble wrap, it was used before. It’s just how we roll.
When we moved into this space, our biggest concern was the lighting. We have since updated and/or replaced all of the bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs and some vintage chandeliers. 96.7% (or so) of our furniture, displays, and fixtures were purchased as vintage, previously owned, or upcycled to align with our goal to be as sustainable as possible.