Belvidere, New Jersey-based Edible Garden has provided an update on its sustainability initiatives, including the company’s participation in Walmart’s Project Gigaton, an effort to remove emissions in the global value chain by 1 billion metric tons by 2030.
Edible Garden’s 2022 Project Gigaton impact included:
- 32 metric tons of materials recycled;
- 200 barrels of oil conserved;
- 2 tons of food waste avoided through donation;
- 8,100 gallons of gasoline saved; and
- 136 metric tons of virgin plastic avoided.
“We were previously named a Project Gigaton ‘Giga Guru’ due to our leadership and commitment to sustainability in the controlled environment agriculture space,” said Jim Kras, CEO of Edible Garden.
“I am proud to report we have continued to reduce waste, while increasing overall supply chain efficiencies, utilizing solutions such as our patented, Greenthumb software. Our ‘Zero-Waste Inspired’ approach is intended to benefit both consumers and our retail partners. We are especially honored to collaborate with Walmart who clearly shares our vision for a more sustainable future.”
The company is also advancing sustainability initiatives, such as:
- EPA-funded research partnership with the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the USDA to study the impacts of nanobubble technology in a CEA environment;
- Partnering with University of Michigan’s School of Environment and Sustainability and the University’s Erb Institute, to develop and implement initiatives that address the environmental/societal impacts of the food industry by harnessing CEA farming; and
- Edible Garden Heartland greenhouse facility fulfilled the requirements and obtained all necessary certifications from the USDA and PrimusGFS.
Offered at more than 4,000 stores in the U.S., Edible Garden operates its own greenhouses and processing facilities in Belvidere, New Jersey, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has a network of contract growers, all located near major markets in the U.S.
Edible Garden is also a developer of ingredients and proteins, providing an accessible line of plant and whey protein powders under the Vitamin Way and Vitamin Whey brands. In addition, the company offers a line of sustainable food flavoring products, such as Pulp gourmet sauces and chili-based products.
For more information on Edible Garden, visit ediblegardenag.com.