Meijer operates under the philosophy that to be a good company, we must be a good neighbor. Therefore, we incorporate eco-friendly initiatives into our business plan in an effort to reduce our impact on the environment. One way we strive to make green business choices is by building safe, energy efficient, environmentally friendly stores, distribution centers and offices. We’re firmly dedicated to upholding the key values of water, air, life, and land for everyone in the communities we serve.
Locally Grown and Organic
At Meijer, we strongly believe in supporting local communities we serve, and this extends to the local farmers and growers. Buying locally-grown produce is a business practice that began when founder Hendrik Meijer opened the first Meijer store 80 years ago out of his barber shop in Greenville, Mich., and continues today thanks to strong relationships with more than 125 growers in the Midwest. This commitment has made Meijer one of the largest purchasers of many fruits and vegetables in the Midwest with an economic impact of nearly $100 million annually. It has also helped us cut our fuel consumption for deliveries, which is not only good for the environment, but also helps reduce transportation costs and keeps fresh produce prices down for our customers.
At Meijer, we strive to provide our customers with the freshest, highest-quality seafood and ensure the seafood products we offer are caught and farmed in a responsible and sustainable way.
Stores See Green
We’re always seeking new ways to reduce energy use through our innovative store designs. By designing stores to run more efficiently, we can reduce energy use and reduce our carbon footprint. For example, all new Meijer stores are built using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program guidelines and principles. Meijer was the first retailer to remodel a store following LEED certification standards. We recycle much of the steel and concrete from the existing buildings in remodel projects. Additionally, lighting in all stores has been changed over to highly efficient fluorescent fixtures. High efficiency motors and improved ventilation equipment have also been incorporated in all stores. Refrigerated cases are being upgraded in many stores with glass doors, designed to keep the cold where it belongs – inside the cases. Here are a few other environmentally-friendly initiatives:
- Meijer is currently testing electric vehicle charging stations at three of our locations in Michigan.
- Wind turbines continue to be tested at several Meijer office and store locations with the understanding that tapping wind as a renewable power source can make a difference in reducing a total carbon footprint.
- Meijer is a major proponent of public transportation for customers and team members. In partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation, we sponsor car-pooling locations in more than 20 of our parking lots. Each store also has a bus stop.
- In 2012, Meijer joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership, pledging to meet higher standards that go beyond the regulatory requirements to protect the ozone layer and combat climate change.
Fueling Up the Green Way
Meijer has even gone green at our gas centers by offering alternative fuel choices. We’re proud to offer E-85 Flex Fuel at participating locations. That’s 85 percent ethanol and only 15 percent unleaded gasoline – better for the environment and better for reducing dependency on foreign oil.
Help Us Make a Difference
Meijer created a reusable shopping bag made from recyclable materials in 2007 as a symbol of our focus on green choices. We also offer customers an opportunity to recycle plastic grocery bags in store.