We believe there is a need for a systemic approach to sustainable packaging in our society and economy. We actively participate in industry working groups to share best practices and explore the innovative packaging and reuse solutions.
Within Sprouts brand products, we have a purchasing preference for packaging that is reusable, recyclable, or compostable. We strive to include at least 30% recycled content in our packaging, and fiber-based packaging to be sourced from certified responsible sources. We’ve identified materials of concern within our packaging and work with our suppliers to find alternatives where necessary to meet our guidelines. We continue to analyze category specific opportunities for improving our packaging and engage with our private label manufacturers to consider cost-effective sustainable options.
We partner with How2Recycle to provide guidance to customers on how to properly recycle our Sprouts brand packaging, and we are exploring new programs and partnerships that will increase reusable packaging options for our customers. In 2021, we launched 172 items with the How2Recycle logo.
Sprouts offers a significant variety of non-prepacked produce that customers may utilize their own reusable produce bags to avoid use of single-use plastics.