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Care for the Environment

At GIANT FOOD STORES, we believe that serving our customers also means doing our part to leave a happier, healthier world for generations to come.

Reducing Our Environmental Footprint

Reducing our Environmental Footprint

We’re always looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions throughout our stores and supply chain. We also encourage our customers to adopt greener behavior, through a variety of programs designed to make Earth-friendly practices easier than ever.

Billion Bag Reduction

Since, 2011, GIANT FOOD STORES and its parent company have made it our mission to reduce the use of plastic bags in our stores. Through more efficient bagging on the part of our associates, as well as programs like our “Better Bagging” campaign—which distributes reusable tote-bags to customers—we’ve successfully removed over 1 billion plastic bags from the waste-stream.

Green Power Partnership

As of 2018, GIANT FOOD STORES’s parent company was ranked the 24th largest green power user in the US and 5th among the nation's top retailers.

Waste Reduction Food Bank

Waste Reduction

In 2016, 77% of all food waste at generated by our stores was diverted to some place other than a landfill or incineration, through composting, recycling, and donations to regional food banks. By 2020, we aim to increase that number to 90%.

Green Energy Facility

Unsold food that can’t be donated goes to a special facility for processing. This local facility separates the food from its packaging and prepares the material for use in anaerobic digestion systems in the area. Some of these systems convert the unsold food material into clean, green energy!

Recycling for a Better Tomorrow

In addition to reductions in food waste, we’re also committed to streamlining our supply chain and distribution efforts, to cut down on unnecessary packing materials.

Cardboard recycling

During 2017, we saved over 930,000 trees by recycling cardboard. Every ton of recycled cardboard saves 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water.

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Reduced Emissions Program

The GIANT FOOD STORES Reduced Emissions Program is powered by our friends at GreenPrint.™, and it’s a great way to make a difference in your carbon footprint just by choosing to pump your gas with us.
Learn more about our Reduced Emissions Program