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Sustainability at Nugget Markets

Extraordinary Sustainability

Here at Nugget Markets, we’re committed to working towards a greener, more sustainable future every day, in every store. With the help of our Sustainability Coordinator and Green Guru Team, we’re constantly improving our environmental impact through eco-friendly actions like reducing water and energy usage, recycling, diverting food waste, donating to local nonprofits and more. It’s not always easy being green, but it sure is worth it!

Our Commitment to Sustainability

We are a family business serving our guests, each other and our Earth. We are committed to being leaders of sustainability in our industry with a focus on environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic vitality.

Environmental Stewardship: Taking care of the planet

With every action we take, we aim to ensure the resilience and sustainability of our ecosystems by reducing our environmental footprint and sourcing sustainable products for our guests.

Social Responsibility: Taking care of people

One of our core values at Nugget Markets is to Respect, Appreciate and Value Everyone (RAVE). This means taking care of our guests, associates, communities and producers.

Economic Vitality: Taking care of business (sustainably speaking)

We’re dedicated to being good stewards of our resources, supporting local growers and producers and partnering with companies who share our values for sustainability.

Almost every act of sustainability falls into more than one of these categories, as all three pillars are connected and work together to create a better future.

Nugget Markets Green Gurus Team

Green Gurus

At Nugget Markets, we are committed to serving our guests, each other, and our Earth. That’s why we’ve started our Green Guru program, forming a team of sustainability specialists in our stores to help us achieve our environmental goals. Nugget Market, Inc.’s Sustainability Coordinator and Green Gurus oversee our company-wide sustainability program, ensuring that we’re on the cutting edge in the food industry when it comes to sustainability.


Nugget Market, Inc. is committed to being a leader in our industry, and nowhere is that more apparent than in our sustainability initiatives. We’ve increased our focus on environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic vitality, resulting in enormous improvements company-wide.

In 2019, we made huge strides in reducing our waste and limiting our resource consumption. Here’s how we’ve done so far:

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2019 Diversion Tonnage

Roughly 5,300 tons—that’s more than double what we send to the landfill. This number includes food waste, meat rendering, oil, recycling, cardboard bailing and food donations.

Annual Landfill Tonnage

Amount of waste that goes into the landfill (in tons)

  • 2014 100% 2,996
  • 2015 -23% 2,318
  • 2016 -17% 1,935
  • 2017 12% 2,167
  • 2018 -16% 1,822
  • 2019 -16% 2,123

Current Diversion Rate

Percent of waste leaving our stores to be recycled


The EPA defines Zero-Waste as a 90% diversion rate, so we are well on our way to achieving that goal!

Landfill Rate Percent of waste leaving our stores and ending up in the landfill

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2019 Water Consumption

In the last six years, we have decreased our water use by 9 percent and saved 3.9 million gallons of water. Our goal is an additional 3% decrease each year!

Total water consumption for all locations (in million gallons)

  • 2014 100% 44.5
  • 2015 -23% 31
  • 2016 -17% 41.4
  • 2017 12% 41.8
  • 2018 -16% 40.9
  • 2019 -16% 40.7

Energy Consumption

Total energy consumption for all locations (in million kWh)

  • 2015   29.97
  • 2016   29.99
  • 2017   23.85
  • 2018   27.86
  • 2019   28.6
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Annual Cardboard Tonnage

2,200 tons: Amount of cardboard per year since 2014 (in tons)

Keeping it Green

    1. coffee bar juices with strawless lids, bamboo straws and nugget napkins

      Extraordinary Sustainability: The Last Straw

      Breaking news: Nugget Markets' coffee and juice bars are going strawless! It’s true, once we run out of our current supply, we will no longer provide plastic straws at our coffee and juice bars throughout the company (except as required by ADA). We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this sustainable step forward by raising a cup of your favorite coffee, smoothie or juice!

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    2. clover milk cartons and glass of milk with cookies

      Extraordinary Sustainability: Vote with Your Fork!

      We all know voting is important, but did you know the foods you choose to purchase can also be a form of everyday, edible election? The term is actually called “voting with your fork,” because you place your values onto the food you purchase, which causes more of that food to be produced, thus affecting the market as a whole!

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    3. bug repellant options and cloth face masks

      Extraordinary Sustainability: The Safe Outdoors

      Looking for a way to safely enjoy the great outdoors, free from any potential problems or pests in the air? So are we! As we continue to shelter in place and practice social distancing, there are plenty of ways to do so in fun and sustainable ways! Our backyards are waiting for us to play catch with the kids, wrestle with the dog and enjoy a quiet evening with a book. Our neighborhoods are inviting us to stretch our legs and notice the beauty all around us.

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Our Partners

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