Thrive Market has announced that its Hanover, Pennsylvania-based fulfillment center was awarded gold level certification under the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) rating system.
Administered by the Green Business Certification Inc., TRUE helps facilities measure, improve and recognize zero waste performance by encouraging the adoption of sustainable waste management and reduction practices, which contribute to positive environmental, health and economic outcomes.
“We’re honored to earn the zero waste certification for our Hanover property, marking our third and final fulfillment center to achieve this important designation,” said Nick Green, co-founder and CEO. “Earning this certification ladders up to our five-year sustainability goals, including achieving zero waste certification across our fulfillment network in 2022.”
This TRUE Certification is an investment in Thrive Market’s vision to become the world’s first climate positive grocery store. Behind the scenes, the platform is supported by a mission-aligned operating model and places environmental sustainability at the same priority level as efficiency and member experience.
“Zero waste is a powerful part of any company’s sustainability strategy,” said Peter Templeton, president and CEO of U.S. Green Building Council and GBCI. “Through their TRUE certification, Thrive Market enhances their operations in a way that maximizes the lifecycle of every product to promote a fully circular economy.”
Waste affects every part of local communities and effective waste management strategies are critical to ensuring both public and environmental health. By pursuing TRUE certification, Thrive Market demonstrates a commitment to sustainability leadership by shifting to circular thinking and prioritizing processes, operations and actions to reduce waste and resources throughout their system lifecycle.
As an online, membership-based market, Thrive Market delivers products at member-only prices, while every annual membership sponsors a free membership for a family in need. It carries a curation of organic and non-GMO products and offers more than 90 filters and values.
During the last five years, its foundation, Thrive Gives, has raised more than $8.5 million to fund food access and environmental sustainability causes. In March 2020, Thrive Market launched its COVID-19 Relief Fund, donating more than $1.7 million and supporting more than 30,000 families affected by the pandemic.