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Environmental Responsibility

At Outpost, we understand the need to care for the Earth and to fulfill our responsibility to preserve the environment for future generations. It’s more than any single program or initiative, it’s part of our vision, and it’s demonstrated in numerous ways large and small.

At Outpost, Compost Happens

Outpost strives to reduce waste at the source and treat it in a way that sustains all living systems, through reusing, donating, recycling, and composting. One way we do this is through an organization-wide composting program. Best of all, ALL Outpost locations are actively collecting compostable materials! Central Office and Market Café compostables are transported to our Bay View store daily via Outpost delivery vehicles. Read more here.


Outpost Releases Sustainability Report

Outpost Natural Foods’ sustainability manager, Jessy Servi, has released the results of the cooperative’s first annual Sustainability Report. The 35-page document highlights the co-op’s vision and principles on corporate sustainability and includes findings on eleven metrics ranging from organic and land use practices to governance and community engagement. The Sustainability Report is administered and compiled through the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA).

“The SFTA reporting process was invaluable; it not only allowed us to see the whole picture, it also serves the co-op’s sustainability mission to committing to an annual reporting process,” says Servi. "Reporting helps us recognize our environmental and social strengths and successes while being honest and transparent on areas of improvement.”

A copy of Outpost’s Sustainability Report can be read here. 

Clean Energy

Outpost offsets our energy with clean energy credits sourced in Wisconsin by RePowerNOW.

We now offset our energy with RePowerNow, a Wisconsin Green Energy program which sources energy credits from Wisconsin independently-owned generators of clean energy.

In 2011, our customers filled their own containers with 78,097 gallons of fresh filtered water. How much is that? The equivalent of 624,776 sixteen-ounce bottles of water.

Conserve Resources

Water is a necessity for life, but plastic bottles are a scourge of modern life. Using our in-store water machines has saved a lot of plastic bottles.

Go Organic

Always have. Clean, unadulterated whole foods. But you may be surprised by just how much of it we offer.

Our commitment to organics means providing shoppers with an ever-growing variety of organically-grown products. In 2011, that meant 92% of our produce, 83% of our bulk offerings, more than half of our dairy and more than a quarter of our cheese selections were organic.

Even though there is no municipal requirementto recycle cardboard, we take what we get and compact it and then haul it to a recycling facility. In 2011, we recycled 204 TONS of paper and cardboard!

Reduce Waste

Unfortunately, we get a LOT of cardboard. Fortunately, we RECYCLE it, saving a lot of landfill space.

Green Design

We are committed to using "green" or environmentally safe materials in our stores whenever possible.

Our State Street store is a green building designed form the ground up to be sustainable and perform as efficiently as possible. It takes advantage of natural daylight and utilizes compact fluorescent and LED lighting to reduce energy usage.

We're on a first name basis with a lot of farmers. Outpost carries hundreds of items - from apples to zucchini - from local and regional suppliers and always looks for local suppliers first.

Buy Local

We believe foods tastes better when it's grown close to home!


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