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Posted on: August 22, 2019

2019 3rd Quarter Clean Business Award Winner: Trader Joe's

2019 Q3 winner Trader Joes

Trader Joe’s was awarded the 2019 3rd Quarter Clean Business Award by the James City Clean County Commission for their proactive efforts to lessen their environmental impact through green initiatives and sustainability practices. Trader Joe’s green initiatives include a corporate initiative to reduce and remove packaging when possible and source renewable and recycled packaging materials for products that require packaging. These sustainability efforts have included the elimination of single-use plastic carryout bags in all stores, replacing plastic produce bags with biodegradable and compostable ones and eliminating all Styrofoam packaging. Trader Joe’s is working to eliminate plastic packages for bulk produce such as apples and potatoes and Styrofoam trays in the meat section. In addition to corporate initiatives, the local Trader Joe’s recycles aluminum, glass, paper, plastic and cardboard.

On average, this location of Trader Joe’s recycles one ton per month of glass and plastic. The store recycles three tons of cardboard per month in large bales that it creates weighing between 600-1,100 lbs. per bale. The store produces one or two bales each day.

In addition to their packaging and recycling efforts, Trader Joe’s donates food seven days a week to area food banks and food rescue organizations adding to their sustainability. Flowers are also donated seven days a week to area nursing homes, Hospice House and Latisha’s House.

The James City Clean County Commission presented this award at the Virginia Peninsula Clean Business Breakfast Forum on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Kingsmill Resort. Awards are presented quarterly to businesses in James City County, the City of Newport News, the City of Williamsburg and York County.

For more information on the Clean Business Award program visit the County’s website or call 757-259-5375.

To view more information about Trader Joe’s corporate sustainability efforts, visit their website or check out their podcast on sustainability.

Media Contact:
Grace Boone, General Services Director


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