Thrive Market 2021 Impact Report at a Glance: Our Biggest Wins for People & Planet

April 8, 2022

Every year, we’re dedicated to furthering our mission of providing healthy and affordable groceries to all — and we’re aware of the ways our environmental and social impact is inextricably linked to that cause. It’s all connected, and we’re firmly committed to making healthy food accessible to all in a way that’s better for everyone, from the farmers who grow it to the customers who buy it.

Our 2021 Impact Report tells the full story of our most recent wins for people and planet, particularly in our commitment to becoming the world’s first climate positive grocery store. Here’s a snapshot of some of our biggest environmental achievements in 2021.

Plastic

  • We collaborated with Plastic Bank to measure and offset all plastic associated with packaging for products made by Thrive Market in 2021
  • Our plastic offsets are preventing 476,009.43 pounds of plastic (the equivalent of 10 million single-use plastic bottles) from entering the ocean 
  • We partnered with WasteZero to allow members to gather and ship back plastics to be repurposed or reused 
  • Our objective is for all member orders to have certified plastic-neutral shipping materials by 2023

Carbon 

  • We measured and offset 100% of our 2021 emissions across our business, making us a proudly carbon-neutral company. We did it by:
    • Offsetting the 746.71 metric tons of our CO2 direct emissions from controlled facilities and the 29,514.59 metric tons of our CO2 indirect emissions from our supply chain through carbon credits purchased from Bluesource in support of the Landfill Gas Capture Project in Niagara, Ontario
    • Matching 100% of our facilities’ electricity use by purchasing renewable energy certificates through the utility companies for our Reno and Batesville warehouses, and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation for our Hanover warehouse and LA headquarters
  • We’re going beyond carbon neutral and committing to be carbon negative by 2025

Zero Waste

  • In 2021, 5,888,149 pounds of waste was diverted away from landfills to be recycled, composted, or reused
  • 91.34% of solid waste was diverted away from landfills at our Reno warehouse
  • 94.14% of solid waste diverted away from landfills at our Batesville warehouse
  • We made our zero-waste practices official with TRUE certification from Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) in December for our Reno and Batesville warehouses
  • All of our warehouses will be TRUE certified by 2022

To learn more about Thrive Market’s efforts toward expanding access to healthy groceries, supporting ethical and regenerative food sourcing, and promoting environmental responsibility, read our full 2021 Thrive Market Impact Report.

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Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts is Thrive Market's Senior Editorial Writer. She is based in Los Angeles via Pittsburgh, PA.

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