a responsible member of our global community, WSM works to protect our
natural environment by utilizing green technologies and sustainable
systems in each of our business units.
In addition to
recycling 14 different types of reusable materials (corrugated and waxed
cardboard, metal cans, plastic bottles, three colors of glass, three
types of paper, packing peanuts, plastic bags, cooking oil and
compostable food waste), we use biodegradable take-out containers,
purchase 10% of our electricity from green energy sources, and run our
delivery truck on bio-diesel from the Piedmont Bio-Fuels Co-op. We have bins for customers to recycle batteries and plastic bags (grocery, dry cleaning, etc.) in our stores, as well as bins where they can return biodegradable "PLA" takeout containers. We recycle wine bottles corks as well.
Our facilities in Hillsborough incorporate multiple
energy-saving devices, including a system to capture heat from
refrigerators to heat water for dishwashing and provide energy for
air-conditioning. Other innovations include adjustable lighting, energy
efficient insulation, and water-conservation systems. In 2012, our Food House diverted 149,170 pounds of compost from the landfill! The 2013 remodel in Carrboro added efficiencies to that store, which you can read about here.
As we continue to
grow we will seek out new ways to minimize our environmental footprint