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The Art of Upcycle: Coconut Oil Containers Find a New Life Capturing Rainwater

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At Nutiva, we launched a zero waste campaign to help us find greener ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle the waste created in our supply chain. We donate byproduct from our manufacturing process to farms for animal feed, compost kitchen scraps, sell cardboard bulk boxes, and donate used oil for biofuel. Most recently, we found a reuse option for the large containers that our coconut oil is shipped in.

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Why “Waste” Resources?

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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.

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Rethinking Food Waste

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Like most facilities, we have waste that we want to divert from the landfill. So we partnered with two local farms: Sunnyside Organic Seedlings and EcoVillage Farm. Just this year, Nutiva has sent over 8 tons of left over organic material from our manufacturing processes to these farms. This enables us to reuse a significant portion of our food waste and reduce the burden on the landfills. The farms use the organic material to feed animals and enrich compost piles, creating healthy, fertile soil.