At Pete Pappas & Sons, we have always seen sustainability as an opportunity for innovation within our operations to increase efficiencies and lessen environmental impacts. In 2018 we began initiatives in recycling, conserving energy, and using less water throughout our operations. We also sought to reduce our landfill usage and strived to be good stewards of our community.
In 2020 we partnered with the Howard County Work Green Program, the Maryland Green Registry, and the Maryland Environmental Service – which are important organizations focused on sustainability and the environment in the state of Maryland. In addition to these programs, we are also certified USDA Organic by the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
In growing our green business, we are:
2022 has been quite a year for sustainability at Pete Pappas & Sons!
In April 2022, we became members of the USDA and EPA Food Waste 2030 Champions List. This shows our commitment to combatting food loss and waste through working with our extensive local nonprofit food donation network, local animal farms and composting companies.
In June 2022, we won a Sustainability Leadership Award from the Maryland Department of the Environment and Maryland Green Registry for our measurable successes in sustainable business practices.
Since 2020, our partnerships with 3 local environmental organizations has grown. These include Work Green Howard County, the Maryland Green Registry, and the Maryland Environmental Service. Our work with these organizations exemplifies our efforts as leaders in green business practices in both Howard County and the great state of Maryland and recognizes our extensive waste diversion measures.
Our multi-faceted food waste diversion protocols include:
Our measures of success:
As a "Minimal-Waste Facility", we:
Our 2022 Sustainable Packaging Initiative includes the goal of offering our products in exclusively compostable or recyclable packaging by the end of this year and combatting packaging waste creation.
This initiative will remove millions of pieces of Styrofoam from the lifecycle of our products each year and prevent them from spending a lifetime in a landfill. Our Pete's Garden brand (right) showcases "Compostable Tray” directly on the label, which assures consumers of a healthy and sustainable purchase option for themselves and for the environment.
We have incorporated these packaging options into both of our premium in-house labels, Patricia Brand, and Pete's Garden Organics.
We put an emphasis on organic produce in our business in many ways, because we believe organics are good for us to eat and better for the environment.
Embracing organics means that we:
Our local focus means that we: