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At Wegmans, we are aware that environmental concerns will have profound effects on the lives of our children and grandchildren.
There are no simple solutions to these challenges. Still, we all have a responsibility to be aware and be accountable. We promise to take steps to protect our world for future generations—it's part of our commitment to make a difference in every community we serve.
Join us on this journey. As our company learns new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle our resources, we’ll share our discoveries with you. Taking steps—even little steps—together can make a difference.
Because there are so many different aspects of sustainability, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. It’s also easy to try to spread your efforts into too many areas, thereby diluting the results. That doesn’t mean we are ignoring the other areas; it simply means we are placing our priorities on the areas where we feel we can make the most significant change right now. As time goes on, we will evaluate and make priority changes as necessary.
Since 2016, Wegmans has avoided the use of more than 6 million pounds of virgin fossil-based plastic. This equates to approximately 150 truckloads worth of packaging we didn’t use. We accomplished this by increasing the use of renewable plant-based material, mineral fillers, and post-consumer recycled plastic in our packaging.
Our goal is to make sure packaging is functional, performs as expected, and uses materials efficiently and responsibly. To improve the sustainability of our packaging, we are focused on using less plastic, reducing food waste, using renewable and recycled content, and increasing recyclability.
Wegmans has a unique partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Center for Sustainable Packaging and American Packaging Corporation. This gives us access to applied research for developing sustainable packaging solutions that reduce our impact on our communities.
We are committed to reducing emissions from non-renewable energy sources and refrigeration systems. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our impact on the environment; here are a few key initiatives:
We pledge to continually improve our packaging, with a focus on reducing food waste, increasing renewable/recycled content, and recyclability. Wegmans currently diverts more than half of the waste generated by our stores and facilities from local landfills and we are committed to strategies that get us closer to zero waste. We do this through innovative partnerships in our communities with farmers, composters, haulers and recyclers.
We believe sustainability is a never-ending journey. Part of that journey leads us to focus our efforts on a sustainably-sourced seafood supply. We are proud of our seafood, and we want our people and our customers to know about it.
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