Going, Going...Green!

Going, Going...Green!

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!

BEYOND FOOD

BEYOND FOOD

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.

BYOB

And by BYOB we mean Bring Your Own Bag!

BYOB

And by BYOB we mean Bring Your Own Bag!

Climate change is one of the most significant issues the world is facing – and at Bi-Rite, we believe now is a defining moment in the fight – we all have a responsibility to do better.

Each year, we go through more than 325,000 paper bags at checkout. That’s 43,000 pounds of paper or…

Imagine the impact if all our guests joined you and brought their own bags! It might seem like a small action to simply skip taking a paper bag, but every decision that actively minimizes waste is important. So starting September 30, 2019, Bi-Rite’s bag charge at checkout will be 25 cents/bag.

Why now?

While all San Francisco retailers will start charging 25 cents/bag by July 1, 2020 per a city ordinance, we want to see change happen faster.

What happens to the fees collected?

The bag fees collected are used to offset the expenses of Bi-Rite’s sustainable packaging, including our heavy-duty recycled paper bags, compostable produce bags, and compostable deli containers. But that’s not all. We’re also making good on our intentions by investing resources into additional efforts tominimize our overall consumption of single-use packaging – especially plastic.

Have feedback?

We’d love to hear it! Email us anytime at community@biritemarket.com.