This week the world will be celebrating Earth Day, a day devoted to preserving our natural resources and celebrating the planet we live on. Over the past year, we have taken a good hard look at our company and how our operations affect the environment. In doing so, we were able to implement some awesome new initiatives to make your favorite neighborhood butcher more sustainable and better for the planet!
One of our largest accomplishments is that we have signed up for the EPA’s WasteWise Program and their Food Recovery Challenge! We will start tracking our waste and partner with the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to be ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainable practices. Our current changes will lead to a 12% decrease in our trash waste, well above the 5% yearly requirement from the EPA!
We are starting to examine composting at many of our corporate locations. Partnerships with local farms can be beneficial as they can be sources for great local products and be an outlet to divert our food waste away from trash sites. At our Polar Grill Fest event in February, we were able to partner with EcoMovement Consulting & Hauling to compost and recycle all the waste from our event!
Check out this cool time-lapse video of our compost from the event. All the cups, plates and silverware were compostable and were turned into soil that was put back into seacoast New Hampshire farms and gardens.
What many companies don’t understand is that it is actually cheaper to recycle than to trash. Knowing this and the fact that we want to be more sustainable, we recently implemented a recycling program at all corporate stores. We downsized our trash yardage and increased our recycling, leading to about a 7% savings per year in waste costs. To compliment these efforts, we are now recycling paper, glass and plastic at our corporate office as a way to further divert waste from the trash. Also, we are recycling our compact fluorescent light bulbs through Waste Management as they contain mercury. Throwing them in the trash is a violation and multi-thousand dollar fine per citation (with good reason!). By recycling them we are EPA compliant and keeping mercury contained.
As you may know from shopping at our stores, we love to support local! In an effort to give back to the communities we reside in, we strive to carry as many local products as possible, and at a minimum offer 20-40% local products in all our stores. This reduces the energy used to transport goods to our stores, supports small companies within the community and increases the quality and diversity of our products.
By working with small, local farms and vendors we can support our communities and give customers piece of mind about knowing where their food comes from.
To celebrate Earth Day this year, we’re giving $0.22 off on all Pineland Farm Natural Meats* for one day only (Earth Day) Sunday, April 22nd!
It’s the perfect way to save some dough and save the planet at the same time! Pineland Farms is an environmentally focused company, dedicated to preserving local farms and educating consumers on the importance of sustainable farming practices.
The definition of triple bottom line is prosperity in economic, social and environmental terms. Being a business, our commitment to our economic strength is obvious. What currently sets us apart as a business is our commitment to support the communities in which we operate. As the world continues to change and evolve, we will continue to push our business model to support environmental prosperity.
So the next time you’re at your local Meat House picking out your steak tips and potato salad, you can feel good knowing that we are working hard to reduce our impact on the environment.
Happy Earth Day!
*Offer valid at participating locations.