Whole Foods Market, the world’s largest retailer of Organic and natural foods, has released its inaugural Green Mission Report, which details the the company’s efforts towards environmental stewardship across a variety of categories. The rapidly growing chain is known for its progressive social and environmental policies and has made major innovations in product sourcing and standards which have been unparalleled in the retail food industry.
Highlights from this years report include:
- Whole Foods Market is the first national retailer to discontinue the sale of red-rated seafood (ratings assigned by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s or Blue Ocean Institute).
- In 2010, the company announced a goal to reduce energy usage by 25 percent per square foot by 2015. In 2011 electricity use had already been reduced by six percent.
- Nearly 40 Whole Foods Market stores are Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) or Green Globes certified, registered or in development.
- In 2011, the company introduced Eco-Scale, a rating system for cleaning products that provides customers with information to make informed choices about ingredients used in those products.
- Whole Foods Market has invested more than $6 million in wind renewable energy certificates.
Also noted in the report is Be Green Packaging, who supplies Whole Foods with recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable food trays for the Prepared Foods, Meat, Seafood, and Produce Departments. The company was able to substantially reduce waste headed for the landfill with the introduction of Be Green’s trays in many regions across the country.
The 2012 Green Mission Report can be downloaded here: 2012 Green Mission Report
To read more about the Whole Foods Green Mission Program visit their website here: http://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/news/company-green-mission-report-now-posted-online
To order Be Green Packaging products visit the Be Green Packaging Store here: Be Green Packaging Store