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Kroger Moves Toward Greater Sustainability

Company has reduced landfill waste amounts by 30% since 2009.

The Kroger Corporation is working hard to prove itself in the sustainability field.  In a recently released corporate sustainability report, the company says it has reduced the amount of trash going from it’s manufacturing plants to landfill by 30% in the last 2 years––that’s equal to about 22 million pounds of garbage being diverted for recycling and reuse.

Kroger has steadily increased recycling and reuse since 2007––by about 182% in fact.  And last year, Kroger stores, plants and distribution centers recycled approximately 1.2 billion pounds of paper products and 26 million pounds of plastic.

“In 2010, Kroger stores saved enough energy to power the city of Fort Worth for a full year,” said Rodney McMullen, president and COO of Kroger via press release. “We sent less waste to landfills, recycled more plastic, and provided our customers with five million more reusable bags.”

As the company began a program to provide reusable bags to customers, it also began implementing improved bagging techniques.  This two-fold approach saved approximately 159 million plastic bags in one year alone.

The report also highlights other sustainability efforts by the Cincinnati-based food retailer.  Energy saving methods employed by Kroger have saved more than 2.2 billion kilowatt hours.  Equaling more than 1.41 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, it’s about the same as taking 275,000 cars off roads for one year.

The company also completed its first wind energy project, with two wind turbines installed at Turkey Hill Dairy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The turbines will supply 25% of the dairy’s annual electricity needs.

“Kroger associates have worked hard to integrate sustainable practices into our everyday business operations,” said McMullen.

As Kroger continues to meet its sustainability benchmarks, we can look forward to a more environmentally aware future for the supermarket chain.

About Sebrina Zerkus Smith

Professional writer, foodie. Lupus survivor. Loves pugs, wine, days at the beach and good movies. Takes recycling seriously, but not much else. Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.

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