Last year, when we launched our zero waste shops initiative, our goal was to divert 75 tons of waste from the landfill through our recycling and composting program in our shops and kitchen. This Earth Day, we thought we’d share a little update.
With the help of our amazing compost partners and you, our customers, we have successfully diverted over 100 tons of waste from the landfill.
We owe a HUGE thank you to the compost companies who have partnered with us this year. Our composting partners include Rust Belt Riders in Chagrin Falls, The Compost Company in Nashville, WasteNot Compost in Chicago, CompostNow in Atlanta and Charleston, Compost Cab in Washington, D.C., St. Louis Compost in St. Louis, Crown Town Compost in Charlotte, Break it Down in Austin, and Republic Services at our Larchmont shop. And we’re pleased to announce our new Columbus partner, GoZERO.
In case you’re unfamiliar with our zero waste initiative, currently, 95% of what you buy in a scoop shop can be reused, recycled, or composted. Instead of taking hundreds of years to break down, it only takes a matter of months to turn our spent bowls, spoons, napkins, and ice cream (all of which are compostable) into nutrient-rich compost. Compost that has been sold or given away to local farmers or residents.
While we take a quick beat today to celebrate all the hard work and coordination and participation that has gone into our efforts—we know our work is far from done. For 2020, we’ll continue to expand these efforts in our new communities, outfit our newest shops with the latest water-saving technology, and continue to find ways to reduce packaging behind the line. As a proud certified B Corp, we’re continuing to push forward every day, aiming to be the best possible stewards of our environment and our community. Happy Earth Day.
For more of a look back on our 2019 sustainability efforts, as well as our community involvement, check out our annual report.