Richmond, BC Canada (April 21, 2016) Nature’s Path, the largest organic cereal brand in North America, is announcing that two of the company’s facilities – in Blaine, WA and Delta, BC, Canada – have been certified at the Gold Level by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council. As a leader in green business and sustainable food manufacturing, Nature’s Path is the first and only cereal company in North America to become Zero Waste certified by the council.
“We live by the mantra ‘leave the earth better than you found it’ and feel we owe it to future generations to be good stewards of the land and adhere to our triple bottom line,” said Jyoti Stephens, Sr. Director, Human Resources and Sustainability, Nature’s Path. “We strive to be as environmentally sustainable as possible in everything we do and being Zero Waste is an important initiative for us. After all, at Nature’s Path we love to make delicious, organic breakfast and snacks, not waste!”
Beyond making sense from an environmental standpoint, Zero Waste programs make business sense as well; the company estimates annual savings of $288,000 at the Blaine, WA facility and $56,000 at the Delta, BC facility. In addition, diverting waste from landfills in turn supports local green businesses including local recycling companies.
Nature’s Path’s Blaine and Delta facilities currently divert 95 percent of waste from landfills, for a combined total of 2,875 US tons each year (equivalent to 1,643 midsize cars or 14 blue whales), surpassing the criteria of diverting 90 percent. The company conducts independent, third party waste audits every two years.
The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council defines Zero Waste as “…designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”
“Nature’s Path is a leader in creating a zero waste economy for all. We were very impressed with what they have accomplished and their ongoing direction; the company is clearly committed to the goal of zero waste as part of their overall sustainability initiatives,” said Stephanie Barger, Founder and Executive Director. “We enjoyed seeing how simple the process and ingredients are, and how comprehensive Nature’s Path programs have become. The company has clearly created value through Zero Waste in their operation.”
For its certification process, the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council provides a third party evaluation of policies, processes and programs related to zero waste and validates the information through documentation review and a site visit. Two of Nature’s Path’s three plants have met the zero waste criteria – Blaine, WA and Delta, BC, Canada – and the third plant in Sussex, WI is on track to be certified by the end of 2016.
About Nature’s Path
Nature’s Path Foods Inc., is a privately held, family-owned company, producing USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified breakfast and snack foods sold in grocery and natural food stores in over 50 countries around the world. Committed to the triple bottom line— socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and financially viable, Nature’s Path works diligently to support communities and champion the cause of people and planet. Brands include Nature’s Path®, Love Crunch®, Qi’a®, Que Pasa®, Flax Plus®, and EnviroKidz®. Founded in 1985, Nature’s Path is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia and employs hundreds of valued team members at its four facilities in Canada and the United States. Visit http://www.naturespath.com or follow on Twitter @NaturesPath
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