IKEA US stores, Goodwill Industries International to host their first national furniture take back activity on Earth Day

IKEA US leads the way in helping customers understand how to live a sustainable life at home

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA US announced today that on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., as part of the ‘IKEA Sustainable Living Your Way Event’, IKEA US stores* (41 of 43 stores) and Goodwill Industries International will partner together to host their first national furniture take back activity. At this time, customers can come to the IKEA parking lot where a Goodwill® truck will be present to receive their donated used furniture. In exchange, IKEA is giving these customers a coupon for $20 off a $150 IKEA purchase (valid 4/22-5/21/2017). **

“The Goodwill and IKEA partnership helps fulfill the Goodwill mission of providing an environmentally responsible end-of-life solution for items that are challenging for consumers to donate. Goodwill will sell those items in stores to create job training and placement opportunities for people in local communities throughout the United States,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Goodwill is a nonprofit social enterprise and its retail footprint uses material donations to provide employment services so that people can find jobs, earn paychecks, and build their skills and credentials.”

The IKEA US ‘Sustainable Living Your Way’ event on April 22nd will include a full day of in-store activities including IKEA FAMILY giveaways, sweepstakes and great product offerings. There also will be delicious sustainable and nutritionally balanced food offerings at the IKEA restaurant, and the Swedish Food Market will offer $5 off of any $25 in-store purchase. Additionally, IKEA will be conducting games and several workshops for the whole family. Some of the topics will include:
•Benefits of Biking Workshop
•Sustainable Living Challenge (with prizes)
•LED Lightbulb Digital Game (with prizes)
•Småland Video and Coloring Sheets

IKEA Family members will have the ability to win a $100 gift card (4 winners per store), as well as a SLADDA bicycle ($399 value, one winner per store).

IKEA is committed to having a positive impact on people and the planet. This sustainability event reflects how IKEA would like to help its customers live a sustainable life everyday. The IKEA Group has committed an allocation of $2.5 billion globally to invest in renewable energy through 2020. IKEA has solar arrays at more than 90% of its US locations, which IKEA owns and operates. IKEA US owns two wind farms with 104 wind turbines in the U.S. in Cameron, TX and Hoopeston, IL.

To find a participating IKEA store near you, visit https://info.ikea-usa.com/Sustainable-Living-Your-Way.

*IKEA furniture take back program will be at all IKEA US stores except Renton, WA and Stoughton, MA. Restaurant and showroom open at 9:30 am local time, remainder of store opens at 10 am, local time.
**IKEA and Goodwill cannot accept donations of mattresses, bedding, children’s furniture, toys or lighting. Furniture does not need to be from IKEA, any furniture brand will be accepted.

Contact:
Mona Astra Liss, IKEA Corporate PR Director – Mona.Liss@IKEA.com
610.834.0180/ext. 5852
Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Senior Director, Public Relations, Goodwill Industries
International, Lauren.Lawson@Goodwill.org ~240.333.5266

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 392 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 162 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. GII is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Approval, the organization’s highest rating for charities. GII was also ranked by Enso as the #1 brand doing the most good in the world, and was the only nonprofit brand rated in Forbes’ 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years. Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,200 stores collectively and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed 313,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 34 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills. To learn more, visit goodwill.org.

For more information or to find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at Goodwill.org or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl or Instagram: GoodwillIntl.

SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

ShopRite highlights their commitment in protecting the planet in celebration of Earth Day

ShopRite highlights their commitment in protecting the planet in celebration of Earth Day

 

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite stores are going beyond the supermarket aisle to highlight their commitment to protecting the planet in celebration of Earth Day, and ShopRite is encouraging consumers to get involved. ShopRite applies sustainable solutions in an effort to shrink its environmental footprint – a pledge to local communities that has spanned four decades – and ShopRite stores today operate more efficiently, donate more fresh food and compost and recycle more than ever.

ShopRite’s Earth Day Challenge
To enourage customers to get involved, ShopRite conducts an “Earth Day Challenge” each April, providing complimentary cleanup kits – including essentials like gloves and garbage bags – to volunteers interested in beautifying their communities. The program makes it easy for participants to clear litter from beaches or spruce up local parks, and helped spark 6,000 volunteers to participate in community clean-ups at 130 locations across five states in 2016. Since the program’s inception, over 40,000 participants have taken part in ShopRite’s “Earth Day Challenge.” Those interested in receiving a kit can call 1-800-ShopRite for more information.

ShopRite’s Sustainability Stats
ShopRite’s environmentally-friendly practices have produced some impressive results:

  • Over the past 40 years, ShopRite stores have recycled two million tons of material
  • In 2016, ShopRite stores recycled 143,965 tons of waxed and corrugated cardboard; 3,883 tons of plastics; 983 tons of newspaper; 281 tons of office paper; and 57 tons of metal
  • ShopRite composted more than 21,000 tons of food waste in 2016

ShopRite’s Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Formula
ShopRite’s passion for the environment begins from the ground up, with stores designed to help reduce energy and water consumption through the use of energy-efficient glass doors on its refrigerated and freezer cases, conservation lighting and low-flow faucets.

ShopRite also works hard to eliminate food waste, and its stores use a variety of approaches to make this a focal point. ShopRite implements composting and donates to local food banks as part of its food recovery efforts – fighting hunger in the communities where our stores operate while reducing environmental impacts.

ShopRite’s recycling programs also help limit the amount of trash that ends up in landfills. ShopRite operates its own recycling center in Elizabeth, NJ, and provides plastic bag recycling bins at the front of each store to encourage customers to return bags used during previous shopping trips. This spring ShopRite stores are also carrying reusable bags with a special Earth Day message.

Over 100 in-store “Green Teams” – groups of associates who voluntarily work together to make ShopRite stores more sustainable – also dedicate time to finding the best ways to conserve the environment and cultivate partnerships with environmental organizations to come together to improve the environment.

ShopRite partners with 25 different environmental organizations, and ShopRite supermarkets have been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for their sustainability efforts by receving the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge awards for reducing food waste and increasing fresh food donations. In addition, more and more ShopRite stores are receiving Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC), the nation’s first and only grocery sustainability certification program, which increases employee engagement and provides store Green Teams with ideas to become more eco-friendly.

To learn more about ShopRite’s environmental efforts and other ways to help, look for Earth News – the supermarket chain’s annual environmental newspaper – which hits store shelves each April, or visit www.shoprite.com/the-environment to check out a new video highlighting ShopRite’s sustainability commitment.

PR Contacts:

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Maureen Gillespie
Manager
Email: maureen.gillespie@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5295

Source: ShopRite

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Whole Foods Market stores to host one-day sale on organic produce On Earth Day, April 22

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Earth Day, April 22, all Whole Foods Market stores will have a one-day sale on organic produce. Customers will receive $5 off any purchase of $25 or more of organic produce.

Whole Foods Market is celebrating Earth Day with organic produce for its many environmental benefits. Organic farming does not use environmentally harmful chemicals that may contaminate rain and groundwater; and this growing method replenishes and maintains healthy, fertile topsoil with rich biological matter, which limits erosion and impact on waterways.

Other organic standards include no toxic or persistent pesticides or herbicides, no sewer sludge or synthetic fertilizers, no GMOs, no antibiotics, no synthetic growth hormones and no irradiation.

Contact:

mail to: SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

Defense Commissary Agency celebrates Earth Day by reducing its environmental footprint through recycling, food donations, and environmentally friendly products

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Earth Day rolls around the Defense Commissary Agency is working diligently to reduce its environmental footprint through recycling, food donations, and environmentally friendly products.

“Seven stores have achieved ‘net zero’ status,” said Robin Armhold, DeCA’s environmental engineer. “That means through organic material disposal contracts and other means the stores have virtually no waste.”

Net zero waste is a total systems effort that changes the way materials flow through an organization, ideally resulting in no waste. Instead of throwing waste away, stores divert it to a contractor who turns all organic waste into compost. The following stores have reached the mark: two stores in Washington, at McChord Air Force Base and Fort Lewis; the four stores in Hawaii, at Schofield Barracks, Hickam Air Force Base, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay and Naval Station Pearl Harbor; and the store at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

And DeCA is doing much more to help stores reduce their footprints.

In 2015, DeCA stores recycled almost 1,920 tons of plastic, more than 60,000 tons of cardboard and over 108 tons of paper. It has also composted or repurposed almost 6 million pounds of organic material, recycled over 5 million pounds of pallets and another 3 million pounds of things like fats, bones, kitchen grease, metal and wood.

So far, for 2015, records show about $1.8 million has been earned from recycling cardboard and plastic. The proceeds from the transactions go to the surcharge fund, which help to build new commissaries and renovate older stores.

But that’s not all.

Commissaries also donate edible but unsellable food to food banks around the country through their food bank donation program. To date there are 136 commissaries working with 123 foodbanks, and in 2015, almost 2.4 million pounds of food were donated.

“The edible but unsellable food is good, wholesome food,” said Armhold. “The food bank gets fruits and vegetables for their clients, which helps the community, and the commissary doesn’t have to send edible food to a landfill, which helps DeCA save significant money due to disposal cost avoidance.”

DeCA also makes it easy for its patrons to get involved with “green” purchasing. Customers can purchase organically grown fruits and vegetables, compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs, high-efficiency laundry products, and environmentally friendly cleaning products. Customers can also find products with reduced packaging like paper towel and bathroom tissue without the cardboard tubes.

“We have a goal to eliminate waste because we spend millions of dollars every year on waste disposal,” Armhold said. “Reaching our goal requires a nonstop education process to ensure folks are doing all they can to keep all waste, including food, from landfills.”

Food banks interested in receiving edible but unsellable food from a commissary should contact their local store for information on how to apply.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

The Nature Conservancy and Wegmans Food Markets celebrate Earth Day all month long with an April 2015 initiative designed to protect lands and waters

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Want to help nature? There’s a bag for that! Once again, The Nature Conservancy and Wegmans Food Markets are celebrating Earth Day all month long with an April 2015 initiative designed to encourage more sustainable behaviors and raise funds for protecting lands and waters.

Last year, Wegmans and The Nature Conservancy worked together on a recycling initiative in honor of Earth Day that succeeded in recycling 220,000 pounds of plastic bags and film—25 percent more than what was recycled at Wegmans stores in April the year prior.

This April, we’re taking it one step further, encouraging use of reusable bags as the best choice for the environment over plastic or paper. To show commitment to caring for nature on multiple levels, Wegmans will contribute 25¢ to The Nature Conservancy for every pound of paper and plastic bags saved, with a minimum contribution of $10,000.

Pounds saved will be calculated based on pounds of plastic and paper bags used in April 2015 compared with pounds of plastic and paper used in April 2014. Funds raised will support The Nature Conservancy’s conservation work in Central and Western New York, where Wegmans is headquartered.

”By each of us taking little steps every day, we can have tremendous positive impact on our environment,” said Jason Wadsworth, Wegmans manager of sustainability. “Breaking old habits and creating new ones is hard, which is why we are once again working with The Nature Conservancy this April to raise awareness about this issue and to reward our customers’ efforts to do the right thing.”

“The health of our lands, waters and communities depends upon responsible actions and good stewardship,” said Jim Howe, The Nature Conservancy’s chapter director in Central & Western New York. “Support from Wegmans is unique because it helps the environment twice—by encouraging an everyday action that helps preserve resources, while also providing essential funds for local conservation. We are thrilled to once again work with Wegmans, its employees and customers to protect and restore important places.”

The goal is to inspire people by showing them that small personal choices―like using reusable bags―can make a big impact for local communities and the environment at large. Globally, plastic and paper bags have a significant ecological impact. Their production, transportation and disposal contribute to climate change, and bags can pollute rivers, beaches and parks if they are not recycled properly. Wegmans has a well-established year-round program for recycling bags, but would like to see more of its customers converting to reusables as the most sustainable option.

“We’re optimistic that together we can significantly reduce the amount of bags we use and generate an exciting contribution for conservation,” said Wadsworth. “This initiative is a great way for our people and customers to celebrate Earth Day, and help take action in their community to create a healthier and more sustainable world all year long.”

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The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:  
Kate Frazer, The Nature Conservancy, Central & Western NY communications manager, 339-222-2014
Jo Natale, Wegmans’ vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627