Our Stance on Sustainability
We’re all in this together. From addressing waste to sustainable sourcing, our work is never done. We believe small steps make a big difference, and that together we can make a positive impact on our planet. Whether you are saving the sea turtles or composting in your backyard, we’ve provided some tips and resources to help you with your green routine!
Reducing Food Waste
Americans throw away roughly 40% of all food that is produced, which contributes to 20% of all methane emissions. (Source: Natural Resources Defense Council) We’re not telling you to eat more, but by creating mindful habits around consuming we can drastically reduce the amount of food wasted.
Get involved by connecting with some of your local resources here or by adopting some of these tips for reducing your food waste at home!
Tips for reducing food waste at home
- Plan your Grocery Trip
- There’s a difference between how many meatballs you can actually eat as opposed to how many meatballs you think you can eat. By planning out your weekly meals, you can make sure the food you purchase ends up in your belly–not in in the landfill. Did we mention this can actually save you money too?
- Pro Tip: Use the Shopping List feature in our Rewards App to organize your list, alongside our sale items, coupons, and any rewards you have earned.
- Properly Store Food
- Knowing how to store food properly can drastically increase the shelf life for many foods. Do you have pounds of raw chicken sitting in your fridge? Freeze the bird and thaw/cook for later!
- Pro Tip: Berries and peeled bananas can be moved to the freezer and used later in your favorite smoothie.
- Investigate Expiration Dates
- Sometimes “Use By”, “Sell By”, and “Best By” dates can be confusing. Use the listed dates as more of a general guideline before throwing something out. If your yogurt expired a few days ago– use your best judgement. If it smells fine and looks fine, it probably won’t kill you! *We are not liable for your judgements, though.
- Pro Tip: Leftovers are usually good for 2-4-day in the fridge before needing to move them into the freezer. Don’t let that lasagna go to waste–the best lasagna is leftover lasagna!
- Donate to Your Local Food Bank
- Two months ago you were on a Lima bean kick. Now, you’re not. Don’t throw the 11 cans of lima beans away–donate them! Research your local food bank options or by going here for additional resources.
- Who knew coffee grounds and eggshells make amazing fertilizer for your garden? Give your tulips something new to munch on. Learn more about how to compost here.
- Create Your Own Waste Audit
- Save your receipts and use them as a guide to monetize the items you throw away. Keep a monthly log to estimate how much food you buy that ends up in the trash. $20 worth of food in the trash is the equivalent to two bottles of wine…just sayin’.
- Pro Tip: You can access your Lucky’s Market receipts digitally through our Rewards App.
Reduce Household Energy
- Get Appliance Smart
- When’s the last time you used your margarita machine? Cinco de Mayo? We’re not judging you, we’re just telling you that by unplugging the amazing appliance, you can save a boatload of energy–regardless if it’s turned on or not.
- Also, by looking for the energy efficient stars on your appliances, you can have better insight as to whether or not your appliances are actually energy efficient!
- Look at Your Lights (but don’t stare into them)
- Remember when your grandma used to get mad at you for leaving lights on when you weren’t in a room? We’re your grandma now. By turning off lights when leaving a room, you can drastically reduce energy use.
- If you’re afraid of darkness, installing dimmers on your lights can also reduce the amount of energy you use.
- You can also replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs), or halogen incandescent.
- Control Your Temperature
- By installing a “smart thermostat”, you can automatically reduce heating or cooling during the hours you’re asleep or away. Your couch doesn’t mind if your living room is 5 degrees cooler when you’re away…we promise.
- Use less hot water by turning down the thermostat on your hot water heater and choosing cold water for your laundry cycles. Your socks just want to be washed at some point in their lives–regardless if they’re washed in cold water or hot water.
- Weatherize your home through energy efficient windows or by sealing up any cracks in the walls, vents, windows, and door frames that allow for air leaks. Providing insulation to your home in areas such as attics, crawlspaces, and basements can also cut down on added energy being used to regulate your home’s temperature.
Reduce Household Water Usage
- Cut it Short
- Being mindful of your water usage while brushing your teeth or scrubbing your paws can help reduce water waste.
- Commit to shorter showers, and place a bucket under the shower to catch the cold water while you wait for it to warm up… this can water be used to flush your toilet (or to pull a prank on someone).
- Multi-Use Water
- Find multiple ways to use one source of water. Use the leftover boiled (and cooled) pasta water to water your plants. Plants like pasta too.
- Outdoor Consumption
- Reduce the size of your lawn to a xeriscape option that features unique rocks, succulents, and flamingo yard ornaments.
- When washing a bike, patio furniture or wild animal, place them over the grass so your lawn can absorb the run-off.
Our Sustainable Projects
Our work is never done. We are continuously looking at our climate footprint and finding ways to reduce our impact wherever possible!
- Local: We like to stock our shelves with products that are mindful of sustainable practices, while supporting awesome, local businesses.
- Certifications: We look for sustainably produced products such as Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance Certified, and more.
- Longevity: We work with our vendors on department-specific procurement policies that speak to the sustainability of our products.
- Recycling: If it can be recycled, we do it. Our stores participate in local community recycling programs to make sure we’re doing everything we can do reuse our materials!
- Excess Food: In addition to source reduction efforts within our supply chain, each store has a designated local food bank partner. When there’s excess food in a store, it’s delivered to the partner food bank–a way to make sure we’re mitigating food waste, while providing meals for those in need.
- Food Scraps: Our stores divert their food scraps from the landfill through composting and animal feed programs.
- Paper Bags: We only provide paper bags at our checkout lanes to reduce the contribution to the overall number of plastic bags created and in circulation.
- Reusable Bags: Our Bags for Change Program enables us to reduce the use of paper bags through the encouragement of using reusable bags.
- Check out our 2017 Annual Report for an overview on our sustainable Community Impact results.