About Nature’s Path
Nature’s Path Foods, Inc.
is a family-run, fiercely independent, and sustainably-driven, organic breakfast and snack food company that believes in “always leaving the earth better than we found it.”
Green my ride
To engage staff and reduce emissions related to commuting to and from work, Nature’s Path has their “Green My Ride” program, where team members earn credits for each trip they take on transit, or by walking, cycling, or carpooling. The credits are redeemed either for monetary compensation or a donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. For staff members that commute by transit daily, the dollars earned defray approximately half the cost of a monthly bus pass. During Climate Smart training, Nature’s Path worked with TransLink
to develop a commuting survey and is planning a future transit lunch’n’learn to further educate their staff.
This program has contributed to a 12-tCO2e, or 11 percent reduction in emissions associated with staff commuting compared to 2014.
Transporting goods – such as sending raw ingredients to the plants or finished products to retailers – is a significant source of emissions for any food manufacturer. In 2016, Nature’s Path focused on how they conduct third-party shipping and has since saved 799 tCO2e (a reduction of 17 percent) by situating production closer to where their customers are, and by promoting efficient use of intermodal transport, rather than relying solely on trucks. Using different modes of transportation did lead to a rise in transportation of goods by rail (+457 tCO2e), but the strategy led to a 342 tCO2e (six percent) reduction overall.
Nature’s Path takes waste reduction seriously and as of 2017, attained Zero Waste certifications for all three of its manufacturing plants. This means they each divert more than 90 percent of waste from the landfill – amounting to a total of 2,875 short tons each year. Not only has this initiative made environmental sense, but it also makes business sense, with more than $344,000 in annual savings for the company. Nature’s Path continues to complete waste stream audits biennially at all its locations, which is one of the key actions that helped reach its zero-waste milestone. Following the audits, location-specific key performance indicators are set, as well as action plans around target waste streams identified in the audits.
In 2017, Nature’s Path continued its waste-free journey by encouraging its consumers to participate in waste diversion. Nature’s Path joined How2Recycle
, a standardized labelling system that helps the consumer to properly recycle their cereal boxes and granola pouches.
Nature’s Path focused on improved efficiency at its plants through continuous improvement projects. Major efforts continue including:
- Reducing the amount of waste and spills off the line and reducing overall production waste to below four percent in 2017. While waste product is composted or recycled, the energy spent recycling it is still wasted and leaves room for improvement.
- Changeover and cleaning time reduction. Reducing the amount of time that the lines are “down” for cleaning and changeovers improves efficiency and reduces overall energy use.
Other wins include:
- Across all manufacturing plants, Nature’s Path saved 757,184 kWh, and 615 tCO2e.
- Saved 799 tCO2e (a reduction of 17 percent) by situating production closer to where their customers are.
- Reduced overall production waste to below four percent in 2017.