USING OUR FOOD TO INSPIRE ACTION AND IMPLEMENT SOLUTIONS
At Nature’s Path it is our mission to always leave the earth better than we found it. Beyond our commitment to organic food and farming, as a triple bottom line company, we hold ourselves accountable to doing what’s best for people and the planet. (Scroll down to read about our 6 Sustainability Pillars.)
Our latest sustainability goal is for all of our packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. One of the ways we’re working towards this is our recent partnership with Loop – a global reusable packaging program – as its first organic food company.
Our Path to Sustainable Packaging
What is Loop?
A circular shopping platform that shifts the single-use disposable packaging of your everyday essentials to durable, reusable containers and zero-waste, “milk-man” style delivery.
Click the link below and sign up to find out when Loop is coming to your city.
Our Reusable Container
As one of 24 brands (and the only organic, independent food company!) to pilot the first circular shopping platform, we created our first reusable granola container.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is circular economy? (vs. a linear economy)
Circular economy is an economic system that aims to minimize waste and makes the most of resources. In contrast to the linear economy of: make, take, waste; a circular economy is based on: make, reuse, recycle, remanufacture. It is a shift to sustainable consumption.
What is your packaging made of?
We want our packaging to be as environmentally friendly as the delicious products within, so we only use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, 100% recyclable cardboard and paperboard printed with vegetable based inks. In addition, all of our plastic is BPA free, and we steer clear of corn-based plastics that are made with genetically modified corn and are almost impossible for our consumers to compost. We are constantly working with our suppliers to improve our packaging – see above for our 2025 packaging goal!
How can I recycle your packaging?
All of our cardboard and paperboard is 100% recyclable.
Our ECO PACs and box liners are a #2 film and are recyclable where film recycling exists. We are constantly working with our suppliers to improve our packaging – see above for our 2025 packaging goal.
What about your products that come in plastic packaging?
In order to maintain our standards of freshness, so far we’ve had to use plastic – in addition to a variety of materials – in our packaging. But we have a new goal that by 2025 all of our packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable.
Since 2007 we have been testing a variety of plant-based/ biodegradable plastics, but have yet to find a suitable materials able to keep our food fresh over the course of its shelf-life. We have had success in making changes to our packaging over the years to make it increasingly sustainable (see our “Our Path to Sustainable Packaging” timeline on this page).
We offer many of our products in bulk, zero waste grocery stores, and in Ecopacs. If you live somewhere that TerraCycle is available – or near a recycling depot or retailer that accepts flexible packaging – your plastic granola pouch may be recyclable in these instances!
What is the How2Recycle program?
The How2Recycle® is a standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. It involves a coalition of forward thinking brands who want their packaging to be recycled and are empowering consumers through smart packaging labels. The How2Recycle® program demonstrates a variety of ways to recycle our packaging.
OUR 6 SUSTAINABILITY PILLARS
We grow and purchase only certified USDA Organic and Canada Organic ingredients. Our commitment to organic has kept over 70,500 tons of chemical fertilizers and over 1,000 tons of pesticides out of the soil between 2013-2016.
BECOME CARBON NEUTRAL
We have a goal to be carbon neutral by 2020. To do that we’re reducing our use of electricity, paperboard, and CO2 emissions per ton of product produced. We also purchase RECs (Renewable Energy Credits) to support green energy projects in the US.
ACHIEVE ZERO WASTE - WE DID IT!
Since all 3 of our manufacturing facilities have achieved Zero Waste certification, we would say we can cross this one off the list. But, the work continues in order to maintain our Zero Waste status and do the best for our planet.
Organic farming and watershed protection go hand in hand, but we don’t stop there. We also send some of our waste water to a biodigester to be converted to energy, we are implementing an Environmental Management System, and practice eco-efficiency and continuous improvement.
EDUCATE, INSPIRE & ENGAGE
We want to make an impact not only by taking action ourselves, but by inspiring others to take action too. We provide sustainability training for all team members, collaborate with and donate to many organizations, maintain an SFTA dashboard, and B-Lab assessments.
Through financial contributions, in-kind donations, and volunteerism – we support many initiatives that align with our mission to leave the earth better. Some of these include: hunger relief, endangered species and habitat restoration, youth and environmental education, and more.