Sustainability | New Seasons Market

Sustainability

Sustainability

Environmental stewardship means a lot to us. It means our goals for the planet are as important as our goals for people and profit. It means always striving to improve and grow our efforts. It means integrating sustainability into every part of our business, from supporting the regional food economy, to encouraging customers to bring reusable shopping bags.

What We’re Working On

September 1, 2019: New Seasons is excited to bring back plastic film recycling at our Oregon stores! Please bring in clean, dry film to the recycling section at your store. Cork recycling and Paktech plastic handle recycling are also available at all Oregon New Seasons stores. See what recyclables are accepted here.

July 23, 2019: We’re now offering GO Box takeout containers in the deli at our Arbor Lodge, Concordia and University Park stores! GO Box is already available at our Cedar Hills, Grant Park, Hawthorne, Sellwood, Seven Corners, Slabtown, Williams and Woodstock stores, with more on the way. You can also check out GO Box reusable coffee cups in our Williams store. Find out more, and join the reusable revolution at goboxpdx.com.

July 1, 2019: We’re eliminating plastic serviceware from all stores, offering only reusable utensils in our deli seating area to curb waste before it starts. Still need a disposable utensil? Ask for them at the register.

April 19, 2019: View our 2018 Impact Report. See how we did in 2018, and check out our goals for 2019.

March 20, 2019: We want to thank you for helping to reduce your environmental impact when you shop with your reusable shopping bags. Every visit that you bring your own reusable shopping bags, you’ll get an extra 10 points after you join Neighbor Rewards. Learn about Neighbor Rewards here.

February 4, 2019: We’re working with a local startup focused on finding a way to reuse these items and keep them out of the trash. Four of our stores will be collecting your clean plastic #1 lids and clamshells on the following dates: Arbor Lodge, February 23-24; Seven Corners, February 23; Mountain Park and Progress Ridge, February 11-24.

October 9, 2018: We adopted some nifty new software to help us make better, data-driven packaging choices. Our switch from plastic tubs to zipper bags for pre-packaged bulk items means a 78% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and 80% reduction in water usage from this packaging change alone!

Food Waste

Discarded food makes up the largest single portion of garbage dumped in US. As a grocery store, we are uniquely situated to help solve this problem. To reduce food waste we are:

  • Improving our tracking of food waste. Improved measurement will also allow us to plan, order and merchandise products more efficiently and reduce food waste.
  • Examining our food recovery practices to find where we can do more to impact hunger in our communities. Each store works with food banks and other non-profits in their neighborhood to prevent excess food from being wasted.
  • Following the EPA’s food waste hierarchy to divert food waste in the most impactful way. With better tracking we will even know how much we’re already diverting to hungry local families and how we can continue to improve.

 

Plastics Waste

From human health impacts to ocean pollution, plastic and single-use packaging are a major environmental problem. We also recognize that convenience has become a necessity in our busy culture, and as such we are working to create opportunities to reduce waste in our stores.
Here’s what we’re doing to enact change:

  • Taking part in the national #ditchthestrawpdx movement, aimed at eliminating plastic straw litter from our oceans. We’ve already removed plastic straws from all our coffee, juice and smoothie bars, preventing over 100,000 straws from reaching our oceans.
  • Piloting Portland’s own Go Box program at our Slabtown store, allowing customers to take food in reusable to-go boxes and drop them back off for washing and reuse.
  • Conducting Zero Waste audits for 25% of our stores in 2018. Waste audits reveal opportunities to reduce waste and reuse materials, and promote staff knowledge.
  • Using new LifeCycle Analysis software to help us make better decisions around our packaging. We hope to make some changes to our Partner Brand and Made by Us products to have lesser impact on the environment. Recently we compared our bulk tubs with zipper bags, and found that for the foods that can be packaged in bags we will reduce gHg emissions by 78%, water usage by 80%, and create 63% fewer human health impacts.

 

Water & Energy Conservation

We raise the bar on operational sustainability by empowering individual participation by all of our staff. Through our partnerships and collaborations, we work to encourage practices that promote healthy soil, air and water. Here are some of the ways we’re conserving:

  • Updating heating and cooling systems to more energy efficient models for our needs.
  • Adding doors on our refrigerated cases.
  • Installing LED lighting to help extend the life of our lighting, while reducing energy use and maintenance.
  • Adding aerators on our defrost sinks that reduce water flow by 75%, and promoting refrigerator thawing to stop water from being used in the process at all.

 

See the 2018 Impact Report