Our Goals

Our sustainability goals for 2015 are organized around three critical priorities: Climate Change, Natural Resources, and Social Value.

Climate Change

Natural Resources

Social Value

We acknowledge that the threat of climate change is among the greatest issues we face today. Using resources wisely and limiting waste is important to us – in our operations, in our supply chain, and in how our products are designed and disposed of. We value the employees, suppliers, and communities who enable us to deliver innovative sustainable foodservice products and services to businesses and consumers all over North America.
  • Achieve a net zero electricity HQ.Until we get there, invest in high quality offsets to balance our emissions
  • In 2015, decrease our total miles flown per $1,000 of sales by 5% relative to 2014 travel
  • In 2015, each Sales department staff will participate in at least one meeting virtually, to which they would otherwise travel
  • In 2015, increase our advocacy for expanding access to commercial composting
  • By 2017, increase HQ waste diversion to 90%
  • By 2017, reduce HQ water consumption by 10%; restore the balance every year through high quality water restoration certificates
  • In 2015, pilot a take-back program for recycling the plastic sleeves our products are shipped in
  • In 2015, complete the transition to compostable wrappers for our compostable cutlery kits
  • In 2015, partner with Recycle Projects to build viable end markets for post-consumer plastic within Colorado
  • By 2020, discontinue legacy products that do not meet our current material standards for renewable resources and post-consumer recycled content
  • In 2015, continue to use our Sustainability Squad as a way to engage Eco-Patriots in sustainability and make Eco-Products a great place to work
  • In 2015, pilot a program to enhance Eco-Patriots’ professional development
  • In 2015, at least 50% of our employees will take advantage of their paid day off to volunteer
  • In 2015, finalize our Supplier Sustainability Code of Conduct and have manufacturers sign it
  • In 2016, incorporate environmental and social criteria into factory audits

In 2014, we committed to our first round of sustainability goals While we reached some of them without a problem, others proved more challenging. That’s how this stuff works. Here's how we did:

    Here's what we said
    we'd do in 2014. . .

    Here's what we did. . .

  • Achieve a net zero electricity HQ.
    Until we get there, invest in high quality offsets to balance our emissions
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Analyzed our HQ energy consumption.
  • Committed to low-capital efficiency upgrades.
  • Armed ourselves with information to include in landlord discussions.
  • Purchased VCS-verified carbon offsets for operational emissions.
  • New policy: Eco-Products employees will rent only economy or compact cars when local driving is involved. When highway or group travel is involved, employees may rent up to a midsize at their discretion.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Communicated this to all staff.
  • Developed materials for communicating this preference to car rental companies.
  • In 2014, each sales department staff will participate in at least one meeting per year virtually, which they would otherwise fly to.
  • Status: Not Achieved
  • Launched the Eco-Products "No Fly Zone" to encourage virtual meeting in lieu of flying.
  • Not every sales department staff joined the No Fly Zone, so we're recommitting to this goal in 2015.
  • By 2017, increase HQ waste diversion to 90%
  • Status: On Track
  • Conducted a waste audit.
  • Began offering plastic film recycling.
  • Formally incorporated "waste management 101" into employee on-boarding.
  • Increased diversion from 70% to 80%.
  • By 2017, reduce HQ water consumption by 10%; restore the balance every year through high quality water restoration certificates
  • Status: In Progress
  • Replaced faucet aerators with more water-efficient versions.
  • Unexpected spike early in the year, but water consumption fell by 6% after installing new faucet aerators.
  • Purchased Water Restoration Credits from Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
  • In 2014, complete an analysis on the opportunities, costs, and implications associated with reducing the environmental impact of packaging used in product distribution.
  • Status: Achieved!
  • Researched environmental impacts and options for plastic sleeves and cardboard boxes.
  • Focusing on sleeves, researched compostable plastic films as well as take-back programs for conventional sleeve recycling.
  • In 2014, review the business implications of phasing out our Plant Starch cutlery and 100% virgin polypropylene soup cup lid
  • Status: Achieved!
  • Analyzed implications for discontinuing these products.
  • Updated messaging on Plant Starch cutlery to "Non Compostable" for greater clarity.
  • Began discussions with manufacturing partners about shifting out of virgin polypropylene soup cup lids.
  • Set a goal for phasing out these products by 2020.
  • Continue to research new materials that offer real environmental benefits for our products. In 2014, we will actively participate in Iowa State's Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposits.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Provided input on research priorities for the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites. Three funded projects address biobased food packaging.
  • Continued discussions and evaluations of commercial viability of non-GMO PLA alternatives.
  • Continue to participate in industry efforts to address end-of-life challenges, such as the USCC Compostable Plastics Task Force and FPI’s PRA/PRG.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Convened a group of industry stakeholders to discuss expanding access to commercial composting.
  • Provided input on Compostable Plastics Task Force educational materials.
  • Collaborated with PRA/PRG members to advance recycling of foodservice packaging.
  • In 2014, reassess our community engagement program.
  • Status: Achieved!
  • Developed guidelines for donations to non-profits and civic organizations.
  • Offered a new employee benefit: One day/eight hours of paid time-off each year to volunteer with the cause of their choosing.
  • In 2014, review employee benefits and current engagement efforts, and identify ways to deepen employee engagement.
  • Status: Achieved!
  • Launched the Eco-Products Sustainability Squad to better engage employees in sustainability initiatives.
  • Provided EcoPass to Boulder-area employees to they can access regional bus and rail service for free.
  • In 2014, draft a sustainability code of conduct for our manufacturers. Share with key manufacturers for feedback.
  • Status: Achieved!
  • Benchmarked and researched sustainability codes of conduct.
  • Drafted our supplier sustainability code of conduct.

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