Being thoughtful stewards of the environment is one of Perdue Farms’ most important social pillars. In fact, ‘Planet’ is one of the four goals by which Perdue Farms’ associates are measured and held accountable each year. For our E-Commerce initiative specifically, we’re taking the following steps to lessen our carbon footprint and protect our ecosystem:
For every order shipped, we will donate to the Arbor Day Foundation, whose mission is to replant and revitalize damaged areas of our nation’s forests. This donation helps reduce the carbon footprint required to ship our products to you.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, some of our shipping materials have temporarily changed, but we remain committed to shipping our products in earth-friendly packaging.
We designed our shipping boxes with sustainability in mind. Every box is made out of 100 percent recyclable cardboard. We use three types of earth-friendly packaging material:
- Green Cell Foam™ is biodegradable, compostable and made from high-grade non-GMO cornstarch that is also dissolvable in water. Identifiable feature: Thermal panels are wrapped in green polyethylene film.
- ClimaCell® is made from rapidly renewable plant matter and sustainably sourced recyclable paper. Although NOT dissolvable in water, ClimaCell is fully curbside recyclable. Identifiable feature: Thermal panels are wrapped in Kraft paper.
- ThermoPod® is made from recycled, purified, organic textile fibers that are sealed in a perforated, biodegradable film. Padding can be fully recycled with other #60 textiles; the film can be recycled with other #4 plastics. Film-covered padding can be reused as a knock-down cooler, seat cushion, pillow, etc. The padding itself can be reused as a weed barrier, pet bed or absorber. Identifiable feature: Thermal padding is sealed in white biodegradable film.
You’ll receive a reusable and recyclable grocery bag with your purchase. Reach for our bag next time you go to the store to avoid using paper or plastic.
A pollinator seed packet is also included in every box. Our nation wouldn’t be able to produce the food we do without the bees and butterflies, who help to make one out of every three bites of food we eat. Plant the seeds to create a robust pollinator habitat near your home!
Our Work to Slow the Decline of Pollinator Populations
In 2018, we planted 250,000 native and pollinator-friendly plants on the solar array adjacent to Perdue Farms’ headquarters in Salisbury, Maryland. In spring 202, the plants bloomed, making us the first poultry company in the state – and the U.S.! -- to have a pollinator-friendly ground cover at a company solar installation. In recognition of our efforts, we were awarded the Governor’s Citation, which was presented by Lieutenant Governor Boyd K Rutherford.
First Poultry Company in the U.S. to Achieve GreenCircle Zero Waste to Landfill Certification
Our Lewiston, North Carolina, operation is GreenCircle Zero Waste to Landfill certified, which means 100% of the waste materials leaving the facility are diverted from landfill via GreenCircle’s acceptable means of diversion (reuse, recycling or incineration for energy). To receive certification, Lewiston went through a rigorous audit and assessment process. Additionally, GreenCircle provided recommendations for improvement based on their findings. Perdue Farms has established aggressive five-year environmental sustainability goals, including diverting 90 percent of solid waste generated and not sent to landfills by 2022.