Sustainability at our core
And now it’s time to do more.
We started this business over 25 years ago with a belief that a business can be built by doing the right thing—in the healthy, organic food we sell, for the people who work with us, and for the communities we serve. And we’re proud to say that with the unrelenting support and encouragement of our farmers and suppliers, our customers and community, we’ve created a place we’re very proud to call home. That journey hasn’t always been easy—but it never ceased to be worthwhile.
One of our core values has always been sustainability and we’ve done everything we can along the way to leave
as small a footprint as possible.
• We were very proud to be named the first B Corp retailer in Canada.
• We were one of the first companies to offer biodegradable shopping bags.
• When potato-based single-use cutlery became available, we rushed out to get it for our Bistros.
• We’ve always recycled and looked for ways to be energy-efficient.
• We have just become the first and only company in Canada to offer compostable produce bags.
• And, of course, we’ve always supported local, organic farmers first—champions of superior soil quality in which our food grows.
And now it’s time to do more. We know our climate has reached a tipping point; our family wants to make sure we are doing everything we can—our very best—for our family and yours, and for our planet. This is challenging work—and frustrating. We often identify an action—like using compostable packaging and industrial composting—only to discover that the best options aren’t readily available in Canada or they are prohibitively expensive, or that our regional area doesn’t offer the industrial composting services that we need. But there’s so much we can do. So, we wanted you to know about our commitment to sustainability, to report back to you about what we have done and plan to do. To be successful, we need your help and your partnership. So, on behalf of all of us here at Nature’s Fare Markets, we invite you to join us in our sustainability journey.
NATURE’S FARE MARKETS SUSTAINABLE SCORECARD
✔ We sell 100% organic produce, non-GMO, free-run/-range animal products,
safe personal care products, high quality vitamins and supplements.
✔ Support local, organic farmers who improve soil quality and
minimize impact on local ecosystems.
✔ Install LED lighting in all stores.
✔ Support communities with cash and in-kind donations.
✔ Use Sustainable Forest Initiative-approved recycled paper, and soy-based inks and dyes in printed materials.
✔ Be a proud partner of the Certified Organic Association of BC.
✔ Hire independent consultants to conduct sustainability audits and complete the GreenStep process.
✔ Create Green Team sustainability committee.
✔ Donate food scraps to local farmers to use for feed and compost.
REDUCING PACKAGING AND PAPER USE
✔ Reduce single-use deli packaging and bags by 10%.
✔ Use 100% biodegradable shopping bags
and compostable paper bags and produce bags.
✔ Reduce paper and ink 30% by reducing community newspaper flyer program.
✔ Create online digital flyer.
✔ Initiate bring-your-own cup program.
✔ 1st company in Canada to offer compostable produce bags.
CONVERTING BISTRO PACKAGING
Convert 100% of our grab ’n go packaging to
compostable/biodegradable. Actively working on:
• Buddha bowls
• Plastic wrap and bags for sandwiches/pakoras
• Cold-pressed juice bottles
80% achieved. Already converted:
• Grab ’n go containers
• Soup containers and lids
• Coffee cups and lids
• Smoothie cups and lids
• Take-out containers
• Tinfoil bags for warmed sandwiches/pakoras
✔ Make and encourage smoothie lids as optional.
✔ Initiate bring-your-own cup program.
SUSTAINABLE CERTIFICATION AND AWARDS
✔ Earn B Corp certification: 2014, 2016, and 2018.
✔ Recertify two-year B Corp status, 2018.
✔ Earn B Corp “Best for the World” honour 2017.
✔ Achieve GreenStep Fast Track to Sustainability certification.
✔ Achieve Climate Smart certification.
We started the Save-A-Bag program to help the environment by encouraging customers to forego a bag or bring a reusable one and when they do we donate 5 cents to Nature Conservancy of Canada. Forgot your bags? No worries. We still have some great options. Choose from a paper compostable bag or our biodegradable corn-based plastic bags. And try out our recently added compostable produce bags!
For a list of Nature Conservancy of Canada FAQs click here.
We have a goal of converting 100% of our grab 'n go bistro packaging to compostable/biodegradable. And we are rolling along! Checkout our containers, lids, straws, utensils, napkins, and tin foil bags for warmed up items. We have more work to do but together with our customers we are making big strides.
We invite you to:
• Bring your own clean cups
for smoothies, juices, and coffee
for 10 cents off
• Say “no thanks” to a lid
for your smoothies
• Ask for a “to-stay” cup
if consuming in the store
• Choose to use “to-stay” cutlery
and dishware when consuming
• Choose a paper straw
Becoming a source for good
Our love for doing the right thing doesn’t stop with the products we source and share with you. We have been working hard in every aspect of our business to reduce our footprint on the world. We are committed to helping our ecosystems adjust to changing temperatures and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by agriculture. That’s why our family has worked so hard to gain a reputation as a responsible and sustainable business and are extremely proud of our B Corporation certification. We don’t like to brag, but we are particularly proud to be the first Canadian retailer to earn a B Corporation certification—a reflection of our goal to be a better company for our customers, employees, and world. A company doesn’t just earn this distinction once. You have to be recertified every two years, to make sure you are maintaining the standard you achieved, which we have done consistently since 2014.
SUPPORTING LOCAL FARMERS
We all know that organic produce tastes better and provides greater health benefits, but organic farming is also better for our planet.
With organic produce, only naturally sourced fertilizers used eliminating the need for chemical pesticides, herbicides and insecticides.
And unlike conventional, which is leading to soil degradation and water pollution, organic farming improves soil quality and minimizes impact on local ecosystems.