Commitment to Sustainability
Our beautiful planet is a key member of the Bi-Rite community and we have immense respect for the hard work it takes to grow, raise, and craft good food. All of which is why we’re on a path to be a Zero Waste company (reusing or recycling 90% of our products and materials).
HOW WE DO IT
HOW WE DO IT
Delicious, but not beautiful, fruit and produce that guests don’t want to buy can always be used in other ways. In fact, Bi-Rite Creamery created two ice cream flavors for just that purpose. Our famous Balsamic Strawberry and Roasted Banana ice creams use the fruit that would otherwise end up composted to bring smiles and joy to our guests. The chefs in our Markets’ kitchens turn our imperfect produce into delicious, creative dinners every night. They can use remaining pieces from the butcher for staff meal. Broken cookies can be turned into sundae toppings. Sure, it takes commitment and a little extra time to figure out what to do with this food that would otherwise go to waste, but being sustainable feels good, and tastes delicious!
Bi-Rite looks for ways to minimize our environmental impact in all areas of our business. In 2017, we diverted more than 800,000 pounds of waste from the landfill by recycling and composting. And when it comes to energy, we estimate we’ll save an estimated 63,495 kilowatts per year by our recent switch to LEDs.
Today Bi-Rite reuses or recycles 85% of our products and materials – we’re SO close to our zero waste goal – but this work will never be done. Every day is an opportunity to make a decision that helps contribute to a brighter, greener future for all.