On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day! Green isn’t just our color. It’s our commitment. It’s our philosophy. Our founder, Mr. George, once said: “Some companies are founded on policy. This is wrong. Philosophy, the things you believe in, is more important. Philosophy does not change frequently — and is never compromised.”
Sustainability is a philosophy that has always been a priority for Publix. We believe our initiatives and continuous improvement efforts will, in the long run, positively impact our communities by reducing waste, conserving energy and more!
In 2001, Publix established the Get Into a Green Routine program to further our efforts to be socially and environmentally responsible and to encourage our associates to participate in conservation efforts that yield benefits to the communities in which we work and live, our customers, our stockholders and, of course, the environment.
Some of our sustainability initiatives include:
- promoting reusable bags. We’ve saved an estimated 6.2 billion paper and plastic bags since 2007. On average, we save more than 45 million paper and plastic grocery bags each month.
- saving cardboard, paper and plastic. Since 2018, we’ve recycled almost 260,000 tons of cardboard, more than 10,000 tons of mixed plastic, nearly 2,800 tons of waxed cardboard and more than 1,600 tons of mixed paper. This equates to 4.4 million trees and 1.8 billion gallons of water!
- reducing food waste. Since 2017, more than 30,000 tons of food waste by-product have been sent to farmers to feed their livestock, and scraps from bakery production are processed into animal feed.
At Publix, we celebrate Earth Day every day by meeting the needs of our customers while embracing sustainable practices. To view our commitment to our environment, our associates, and the communities we serve, visit our sustainability website.