Milwaukie business is environmental inspiration
Great American Video and Expresso store has been in Milwaukie since 1993.
Working hard to serve his customers and take care of the environment, Kent McCarty, the store's current owner, began working at the store in 1988 and became the new owner in 1993. A plethora of delicious treats and entertainment, the store features coffee and espresso and 60 different flavors of drinks. They also have ice cream, custard and frozen custard pies. They are known for a huge selection of flavors and carry over 10,000 movies to rent!
Kent is an honest man of integrity who tells about how he has recycled everything he could since the '90s when recycling was introduced and recycling bins were available. This was way before the city mandated that businesses recycle. He also stored plastics and items that were not recyclable and took them by the truckload to Far West Recycling. He has a strong commitment to doing what is right for Milwaukie and our planet.
Currently Kent is trying to use products in his store that are recyclable or biodegradable. He expresses frustration in the fact that there are not products invented yet to replace the cups and spoons that he needs to serve his ice cream, custard and pie treats. He is using compostable products, which is all he can find at this time.
He continues to research what is new and will try to keep as many things as he can out of the landfill. In working toward that end, the store encourages people to bring their own cups for their coffee by giving their customers 25 cents off their coffee when they do. He understands the need for everyone to do their part in taking care of our environment.
The Milwaukie Environmental Stewards Group wants to honor Kent for all that he has done and what he stands for. We feel like he is a role model for all business owners and has a wealth of knowledge about recycling and sustainability practices that he could share with others.