Our Commitment to the Environment

1. Paper Over Plastic

We use paper bags rather than plastic here at Dean’s. Paper bags can hold more per bag — anywhere from 50 percent to 400 percent more, depending on how they’re packed. Plus, paper bags tend to have higher recycling rates than plastic bags.
However, we realize that any use of a disposable products has an impact on the planet, which is why we offer an incentive for customers to bring their own reusable bags — $0.05 back per bag used.

2. Eco-Friendly To-Go Containers

We use eco-friendly boxes and flatware at all of our hot and salad bars, which are made with natural plant-based, sustainable resources. They’re also 100% biodegradable & compostable.

3. Food Waste Reduction & Donation

As a grocery store, we sell lots of food, which means we sometimes produce food waste. We don’t like to just throw that food away, though. Instead, we donate all usable food and supplies to churches, reptile life, and wilderness preservation.

4. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

It all starts with our mindful staff, who make recycling a part of their everyday routine. Cardboard boxes? Yep! We recycle those, too. We also have recycling stations placed all around the store for our customers’ convenience.

5. Bulk Goods

According to bulkisgreen.org, bulk foods require less overall transportation to deliver to consumers. For starters: they don’t require the packaging components that must be produced and transported prior to being filled. Plus, the transportation of bulk product to retailers is more efficient because it can be packed more densely on a truck.

Learn more about buying bulk here.

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6. Reusable Juice Bar Glasses

Save money and reduce excess waste. Buy a reusable 16 oz. Dean’s glass for $4.99, get $0.25 off every 16 oz. juice or smoothie refill!