First Priority, Zero Waste: Nature's Path Earns Prestigious Sustainability Certification at Third Facility

Manufacturing Plant in Sussex, Wisconsin Certified by Green Business Certification Inc.

Richmond, BC, Canada (May 16, 2017) – Nature’s Path Foods is not only leading the organic cereal business through its innovations and advocacy efforts, but it is also leading the entire cereal and snack food industry in sustainability efforts. The company’s third production facility – located in Sussex, Wisconsin – has recently received a Zero Waste Certification from Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), joining Nature’s Path two other plants in Blaine, Washington and Delta, British Columbia with the designation.

Together, Nature’s Path’s three facilities currently divert over 93 percent of their waste from landfills, for a combined total of 4,320 tons each year – equivalent to 2,160 midsize cars. The Zero Waste Certification is based on the peer-reviewed, internationally accepted definition of Zero Waste developed by the Zero Waste International Alliance. The goal for businesses participating in the certification program is to divert all end-use materials from the landfill, incineration and the environment, while achieving a minimum of 90 percent diversion. The certification is administered by GBCI, the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally.

“We are incredibly proud of receiving our third Zero Waste Certification. This milestone is not simply a testament to the quality of our facilities, but to the hard work and dedication of each of our team members who strive every day to leave the earth better than they found it,” said Jyoti Stephens, senior director, human resources and sustainability, Nature’s Path. “Social responsibility and environment sustainability are pillars that are core to everything we do at Nature’s Path, and they go hand-in-hand with our passion of producing delicious, organic food.”

The Blaine and Delta plants received Zero Waste certifications in 2016. Nature’s Path was the first and currently only cereal company in North America to receive the Zero Waste certification from GBCI. Achieving certification in all three of its production facilities underscores the company’s commitment to green business practices and sustainable food manufacturing. They conduct independent, third-party waste audits every two years to ensure these high sustainability standards are met.

“The newest certification for Nature’s Path’s Sussex facility demonstrates the company’s leadership when it comes to zero waste and sets a high bar,” said Stephanie Barger, director of market development, Zero Waste Programs.  “By adopting a zero waste strategy, Nature’s Path is making an ongoing commitment to sustainability that positively impacts the business, the environment, and the community in which they operate.”

For its certification process, GBCI provides a third party evaluation of policies, processes and programs related to zero waste and validates the information through documentation review and a site visit.


About Nature’s Path

Nature’s Path Organic Foods, is a privately held, family-owned company, producing USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified breakfast and snack foods sold in grocery and natural food stores in over 50 countries around the world. Committed to the triple bottom line— socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and financially viable, Nature’s Path works diligently to support communities and champion the cause of people and planet. Brands include Nature’s Path®, Love Crunch®, Qi’a®, Que Pasa®, Flax Plus®, and EnviroKidz®.  Founded in 1985, Nature’s Path is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia and employs hundreds of valued team members at its four facilities in Canada and the United States. Visit or follow on Twitter @NaturesPath.


About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) 

GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), Zero Waste, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.