A Look at Nutiva’s Zero Waste Initiative
By Gretchen Grani
Early this year we launched an initiative to become a Zero Waste Facility. Such goals challenge the prevailing practices of corporations, whose landfill trash typically includes 47% reusable material. The largest portion of this reusable waste is compostable and comes from food scraps, yard clippings, and manufacturing byproducts, while the remainder is in the form of cardboard, paper and lumber.
In an internal trash audit at Nutiva’s headquarters and manufacturing facility, we found opportunities to innovate and improve our disposal procedures. We began with shifting perspectives to view waste as misplaced resources and a potential revenue source. We also educated employees about their role in the solution and restructured office and production systems to reduce waste.