Environmental Stewardship: Our Green Mission

Since we opened our first store in 1980, we've not only been passionate about healthy food, we’ve been passionate about a healthy planet. From team members who make things happen in their own local stores to executive leaders who have made historical decisions that put planet before profits, we’re always trying something new in green. We work on it every day.

Some of the Ways We Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Each of our stores, facilities and offices do things a little differently. Here are examples of earth-friendly efforts we practice in some or all:

  • Printing and packaging using recycled paper and water- or vegetable-based
  • Composting to decrease landfill waste
  • No single-use plastic bags at checkout since 2008
  • 100% post-consumer recycled-content paper bags
  • Reusable grocery bags at affordable prices
  • Reusable dishes and flatware in our dining areas
  • Reclaimed wood, bricks and other materials in construction
  • Recycling cardboard, paperboard, paper, glass, plastic and metal
  • Collection bins for batteries and corks

Food Waste Reduction

Whole Foods Market has a food waste strategy to prevent and divert food from entering landfill, mirroring the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy. Whole Foods Market Team Members are trained on food waste efficiency, from smart ordering to food donation. Whole Foods Market annually donates thousands of meal’s worth of perishable and non-perishable food to local food banks and food rescue agencies across the London. All Whole Foods Market stores participate in food waste diversion and recycling programs, such as composting, anaerobic digestion to create renewable energy, and animal feed programs. Whole Foods Market is continually assessing emerging technologies and new opportunities to further increase our landfill diversion and recycling rates.

A number of our individual stores support community programs focused on environmental causes. In addition, team members often participate in local cleanups and volunteer their time to nonprofits.