6 low-hanging ‘fruits’ to become a Greener grocer




October 10, 2022

Attention all grocery stores - If you’re keen to stand out in a crowded market for all the right reasons, we’ve got the pick of the bunch!

Here are 6 easy things your business can do to improve its carbon footprint, and become a Greener grocer (not a greenwash-grocer):

  • Polystyrene is the Problem - Eliminate expanded polystyrene from shipping packaging.
  • Bio-based is Best - Make the switch to plastic-free, bio-based shipping packaging such as plant polymers, compostable bags, paper and cardboard.
  • Re-use, Recycle - Encourage customers to return packaging to our stores, office or other hubs for recycling or reuse.
  • Shut-off and Save - Reduce energy use by turning lights and computers off when not needed, turning on power-saving settings on equipment and/or minimising heating and cooling.
  • Offer Offset Delivery - Work with a delivery partner that offsets delivery of products.
  • Go Green Power - Switched to renewable or 100% certified green power.

When it comes to sustainable marketing, being vague about your claims just won’t cut it.

If you don’t already know, the term "greenwash" refers to deceptive marketing tactics designed to portray a company or product as caring for the environment when they actually don’t. 

Consumers are catching on to “greenwashing” and becoming more discerning as they stroll or scroll through their local or online supermarkets.

For the best brands, the proof is in the pudding. It’s all about doing sustainability authentically.

What does that mean? 

Take Scoop Wholefoods for example, who are leading the way in sustainability with 100% green energy powering their stores, reducing single-use plastics and encouraging their shoppers to share their passion for a zero-waste lifestyle by stocking over 500+ pantry staples and 200+ personal and home hygiene products that can be refilled in-store - plastic free.  

This is where Greener comes in. 

We know the journey to net zero emissions can be daunting, and we’re on a mission to make it as easy as possible.

That’s why we’ve partnered with the Australian Retailers Association, to bring you Greener Business. Our new digital solution, is your virtual Sustainability Manager, providing you with personalised pathways to reducing your carbon footprint.

Greener is all about making it easy for businesses to become more sustainable, demystifying climate-action, and celebrating the good things businesses are doing to work towards net zero emissions and reducing waste.

The best bit? We bring you more customers for your efforts. 

Want to become greener, but unsure where to start?

Sign up for priority access to find out how the ARA and Greener can help you with personalised pathways to a greener future. 

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