At Pete Pappas & Sons, we have always seen sustainability as an opportunity for innovation within our operations to increase efficiencies and lessen environmental impacts. For years, our facility initiatives have included recycling, composting, diverting waste, conserving energy, and reducing landfill and water usage.
We've partnered with the Howard County Work Green Program, the Maryland Green Registry, and the Maryland Environmental Service, all important organizations focused on sustainability and the environment in the state of Maryland.
In growing our green business, we are:
2022 marked our company's 80th anniversary, and made history as the year that we made a remarkable impact in sustainability.
In April 2022, we became members of the USDA and EPA Food Waste 2030 Champions List. Which 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 and profound 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 Sustainable Packaging Initiative includes the goal of offering our products in exclusively compostable or recyclable packaging and preventing packaging-waste from styrofoam packaged product.
This initiative removes millions of pieces of Styrofoam from the lifecycle of our products each year and prevent them from spending a lifetime in a landfill. We have successfully eradicated styrofoam from our operations.
By removing styrofoam, we now incorporate recyclable, compostable and earth-friendly 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: