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Congratulations to Winter 2013
People & Planet Award winner Hummingbird Wholesale!
Hummingbird Wholesale (HW) is a bulk food distributor offering organic, local and regional food crops to over 500 wholesale customers from Seattle to San Francisco. Our company is known for our Zero Waste practices, commitment to sustainability, and stellar customer service. We continually look for ways to reduce our waste, and love to share what works with others.
With a background in permaculture, co-owners Julie and Charlie Tilt seek ways to manage HW while treading lightly on the earth. Three noteworthy practices are:
Reduce and Reuse – Our Deposit Return Container System
Since 2003 Hummingbird Wholesale has established and managed a successful reuse program. One hundred percent of all liquids that we pack and distribute are in glass and plastic reusable containers with deposit for return. Returned containers are washed and reused.
Reuse, Recycle and Educate – Our Waste Management System
After three employees participated in the Lane County Master Recyclers program, they shared this knowledge with HW staff and created an elaborate building-wide system of reuse, recycle and compost bins and accompanying signage. The system goes far beyond what our local recycling hauler will pick up.
The total waste generated by HW activities is approximately three 65 gallon containers per month; everything else is recycled or sold for reuse:
HW staff and family having fun
at all-company camp out.
Our awesome new bike-delivery video!
Reduce & Rethink – Our Bicycle Delivery Program
All of our local deliveries—except when we have a barrel or orders over 1,000 lbs—are done via bicycle (tri-hauler) specifically designed to carry loads up to 1,000 lbs.
We have been successfully delivering goods via bicycle for years and would love to inspire other companies to rethink their delivery methods, so we made a short video (watch at right) as a way to share our experience and show what’s possible.
If we are awarded the prize money, we will use it to buy a second electric bike cart, to increase our capacity for bike deliveries. Please visit our Website or read our newsletters to learn about additional sustainable practices ~ we have many!
Karl Benedek delivering an order to the University of Oregon on HW tri-hauler bicycle. This cargo bike was designed specifically for HW, in order to transport large loads, and has a rechargeable battery-powered motor riders can activate for heavier loads or climbing hills.
|These and several more signs are available on the Stellaria Building Web site. Print your own and learn how to adapt our system to your area. Note: this is on the Stellaria website rather than HW’s because the system created by HW is building-wide.|
|Some of our reusable containers.|
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