Our manufacturing facility has met a strict set of guidelines outlined by Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI) which includes diverting at least 90% of overall waste from landfills and implementing other systems to limit our impact on the environment. We first achieved Zero Waste Gold level status in 2016 by diverting 97% of our waste from landfills through composting, reusing, reduction, and recycling. Since then, we have maintained >97% waste diversion in addition to our comprehensive sustainability and waste management program spanning many facets of production, including processing, sanitation, employee education, community outreach and even on-site gardening. We are proud of all our employees that work every day to maintain our Zero Waste certification and proud to be the first plant-based food manufacturing facility in the US to achieve this certification. You can learn more about our efforts here.
Most Follow Your Heart products are made in our own unique, solar-powered manufacturing facility called Earth Island, located just a few miles north of the original Follow Your Heart café. In keeping with our mission and values, every effort was made to incorporate the maximum conservation of resources into the design of Earth Island, including skylights, energy efficient lighting systems, environmentally-friendly refrigeration, and native landscaping. The crowning achievement in these efforts is a full array of solar panels on the roofs of our buildings that offset over 70-80% of our energy usage. To learn more about our solar-powered manufacturing facility, click here.