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11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

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Source Reduction

Green Purchasing

 

Source Reduction: Some of the easiest ways to reduce packaging, weight (and consequently the energy and emissions required in shipping) is to buy bulk.

  1. Our fountain soda program offers a great way to eliminate plastic bottles. The fact that the product is sold as concentrated syrup in 5 gallon boxes means that the water weight is eliminated.
  2. We carry Crystal Lite beverages, which are sugar free and are sold in either a powder or a concentrate. Again, this eliminates the weight of the water in the transportation.
  3. Our fountain soda units have a water tap to allow the customer to have water without buying a plastic bottle.
  4. We encourage the use of bulk containers for condiments. This might not be ideal for every location, but we see this as a great source-reduction?.
  5. Eggs are purchased in the 30 dozen cases versus the 15 dozen or smaller sizes, whenever possible.
  6. We have partnered with Poland Springs to bring in the "Keeper Springs" natural spring waters. The bottles are made with 25% recycled plastic, but the more important part of this deal is that they give 100% of the profits from this product back to America's waterways! In fact, right on the label it reads:

 

keeper_springs.jpg *KEEPER SPRINGS exists for the sole purpose of restoring local waterways. Nothing more. Nothing Less. We give 100% of our profits back to keep America's lakes, rivers and streams safe and clean for future generations.

 

Reduction: By switching our napkins over to Tork brand, we have an immediate impact on the environment. In fact, we are able to use a program that calculates the difference: For example, last year on napkins alone, we used nearly 53,000 pounds of recycled waste paper, saving 79 cubic yards of landfill, and 450 trees!

Eggs: We can offer eggs from certified cage-free chickens. This is a more humane treatment of the birds and also promotes better health of the chickens as well as the workers who handle them because they work in a cleaner environment.

Milk: All of our liquid milk and beef come from facilities that do not use rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormones). Though the data is not conclusive, we feel it is prudent to err on the side of caution. In addition to this, our dairy suppliers, such as Harrisburg Dairies, buy all their milk from farms within a 70 mile radius. This reduces energy and emissions from shipping.

Emissions & Energy Conservation: Reduced transportation energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions by buying product as local as possible. Examples of companies that are either local or east coast include our produce, bread, dairy, cookies. Our dairy company, for example, is Harrisburg Dairy. They buy from 70 different farmers within a 50 mile radius. This insures fresh product as well as minimized transportation energy and emissions. Our produce company is Bowie. They buy produce from farms in Sudlersville, Preston and Silver Spring, Maryland; Springfield, Virginia; Washington, Pennsylvania. Weather & crop availability will force them outside the local area, but every effort is made to keep it local for economic and environmental reasons.

Fair Trade: We can offer New England Coffee's shade grown Fair Trade coffee. Fair Trade means a fair partnership between consumers and producers (mainly from Asia, Africa, and Latin America). The main goal of the movement is to insure that most of the world's coffee farmers get a fair price for their harvest and achieve a decent living wage. (Minimum $1.26 per pound regardless of the volatile market). These fair payments are invested in health care, education, environmental stewardship, and economic independence.

Seafood: Eating seafood is often considered synonymous with eating healthy. However, with the rising levels of mercury found in various types of seafood, it can be a misleading assumption. Corporate Chefs feels that it is our responsibility to protect our customers. We teamed with Gotmercury.org to help us purchase seafood that is lower on the mercury scale. We use their calculator to inform our managers and chefs as to the better species to be buying. We also advertise their web site to our customers to create awareness and consequently better informed decision on their part. In addition, our Purchasiing Manager uses the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch to look for the seafood that is considered "Super Green", "Best Choices", or "Good Alternatives". The goal is to purchase seafood that was harvested with little or no harm to the oceans or surrounding marine life. The Super Green also qualifies the seafood as low in environmental contaminants, and is a good source of Omega-3. She then contacts our vendors to insure they sell our managers only those selected species from the selected regions.

Twice per year, the MBA issues a revised pocket guide. Our chefs and managers can even download this to their phones or PDA's.