FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2016
Media contact: Samantha Krepps
Ongoing commitment to being a responsible retailer
Carlisle, PA – GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets are committed to being a responsible retailer and are getting better every day by reducing the environmental impact of their operations and helping customers do their part to cut down on waste.
Here are 5 ways GIANT/MARTIN’S is caring for the environment:
- “Meating” hunger relief needs. GIANT/MARTIN’S diverts 88% of its food waste to someplace other than a landfill through donations to local food banks, recycling or composting. As part of its Meat the Needs program, GIANT/MARTIN’S safely freezes and donates high quality protein meat, which would otherwise go unsold. In recent years, more than 2.6 million pounds of meat along with bread and other bakery items were provided to regional food banks to help feed those most in need.
- Building greener. Newer GIANT/MARTIN’S stores are built with innovative green building technologies that reduce energy consumption, conserve water and reduce the environmental impact of operations. Existing stores are also made more energy efficient through improved refrigerated display cases, environmentally friendly cooling systems and modified refrigerated food cases with closed doors.
- Turning bags into benches. GIANT/MARTIN’S customers can recycle their plastic bags at any store. The bags are then turned into park benches – with about 10,000 bags needed to make one bench. Since 1997, GIANT/MARTIN’S has donated more than 1,500 benches to local churches, schools, townships, parks and playgrounds. Another 50 benches will be donated this Earth Day.
- Cutting cardboard. All GIANT/MARTIN’S stores and distribution centers have reduced the amount of cardboard they handle and recycling all cardboard used in those use facilities. Enough cardboard is recycled to save approximately 990,000 trees annually.
- Sustainably sourced. GIANT/MARTIN’S ensures its seafood has been farmed or fished in an environmentally responsible way with more than 200 sustainable seafood items available in-store. All of the seafood sold from its in-store service counters is 100% sustainably and responsibly sourced. In addition 100% of GIANT/MARTIN’S Nature’s Promise and Own Brand seafood products are sustainably sourced.
This Earth Day and every day, GIANT/MARTIN’S is encouraging customers to make small changes in their lifestyles to help the environment. These include:
- Remember reusable. Bring reusable bags with you each and every time you shop. GIANT/MARTIN’S offers seasonally designed bags, including one for Earth Day, in all stores for $.99 and $1.99. GIANT/MARTIN’S better bagging methods have saved enough plastic bags to circle half the earth.
- Recycle. Everything from soup cans to plastic grocery bags can be recycled.
- Light up for LED. Replace traditional light bulbs in your home with LED ones to reduce electricity consumption. Don’t forget to turn off lights when not in use.
- Opt for organic. Utilize all-purpose cleaners to remove household grim without harsh fumes or harmful residue. Check the label as many rely on natural oils or are plant-based. GIANT/MARTIN’S Nature’s Promise “Free from” household products are free from harsh chemicals, including ingredients like added artificial dyes and fragrances.
- Reduce your carbon footprint. Combine errands to utilize less gas and reduce emissions.
GIANT/MARTIN’S is committed to helping its customers save money, save time and eat well. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 33,000 associates and is a division of Ahold USA. In addition to working with hundreds of local and regional organizations annually, GIANT/MARTIN’S has a long-standing focus on efforts to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children. GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN’S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN’S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.