Bon Me: Start composting with CERO and we'll come dine

Encourage Bon Me to compost its food waste with CERO, a Boston worker-owned cooperative. Pledge to buy a gift card for Bon Me if they do.

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Boston Ujima Project

Boston, MA | Organizing neighbors, workers, business owners and investors to create a new community-controlled economy in Greater Boston

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Together, 42 customers pledged to buy $1,225 worth of gift cards.

  • Hey Boston! Let’s stand in solidarity with people-of-color and women-owned business, and eat some delicious food while we’re at it! Make a pledge to dine at Flames, Legal Seafood, and/or Bon Me if they start composting with CERO, and put your money where your mouth is. Who’s hungry?

    Massachusetts established a food waste ban in 2014, mandating businesses that are producing 1 ton or more of food waste per week to divert food waste from rotting in landfills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    CERO Cooperative partners with businesses to divert and compost their food waste, boost their green cred and potentially save money too. CERO currently works with customers you know including Wegman's, b.good, Boston Public Market, and Northeastern University.

    To continue providing green jobs and supporting women-owned, people-of-color-owned, and community-owned businesses, we support Flames, Bon Me, and Legal Seafoods to partner with CERO Coop.

    You pledge to buy a gift card from a select restaurant if a Boston-area food business, Bon Me, Flames or Legal Seafoods, commits to composting with CERO Cooperative. Each business hears directly from paying customers about what they value: environment, community, and sustainability.

    Want to make a pledge at a different business? See all three  >>

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    CERO Coop is Boston’s only worker-owned commercial composter, ensuring clean, responsible and reliable commercial composting solutions, as well as re-earthing of food waste for local agriculture and providing green jobs in Boston’s underserved neighborhoods.

    Founded by working class African-American and Latino entrepreneurs from Roxbury and Dorchester, CERO Cooperative creates green jobs, sustainability, and worker-owners in our communities. Launching with our first client in October 2014, we provide commercial food waste composting solutions to supermarkets, anchor institutions, and healthcare facilities, hotels, and restaurants. To date, CERO has recovered more than 2.4 million pounds of organic materials from incinerators and landfills. Instead of being burned or buried to release toxic greenhouse gas methane , the “waste” is re-earthed, a resource we can turn into rich compost that supports local and urban agriculture. We provided over 200 cubic yards of compost-rich soil to Boston-area urban farms, including the Haley House Farm Thornton Street Farm.

    As we continue to grow our organics business, CERO worker-owners are building Boston’s sustainable economy based on diverting food waste, increasing local agriculture and environmental stewardship. Soon we will deploy a clean technology system where CERO-recovered food scraps and yard waste produce clean energy, organic liquid fertilizer and compost. Partnering with urban farmers we can extend the growing season, heating greenhouses with renewable energy and promote green economic innovation in our city.

  • THE BOSTON UJIMA PROJECT is organizing neighbors, workers, business owners and investors to create a new community controlled economy in Greater Boston. ​

    We are challenging poverty and developing our communities by organizing our savings, businesses and customers to grow local wealth and meet our own needs. ​

    UJIMA (oo-JEE-mah) is a Swahili word, and the celebrated Kwanzaa principle for "collective work and responsibility". Ujima inspires us to take responsibility for our communities, to see our neighbor's problems as our own, and to build collective power to solve them together. ​

    The Ujima Project demonstrates new ways to invest, work, buy, own, and advocate. We are driven by a belief that another world possible, and that we can help build it today.

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Boston Ujima Project

Boston, MA | Organizing neighbors, workers, business owners and investors to create a new community-controlled economy in Greater Boston

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