Everyday we’re dedicated to finding new ways to improve our sustainability and decrease our impact on the world. Earth Island, our facility where we produce Follow Your Heart products, is the hub of these efforts. We have an entire department focused on sustainability initiatives, including the elimination of waste, using alternate sources of energy, choosing responsible ingredients and packaging, and community involvement.

Employee engagement is vital to our success. We offer free electric car charging for all employees and organize volunteer events to help local non-profit organizations like Food Forward, Heal the Bay, and TreePeople.


“Sustainability is simply an important part of being a responsible business in today’s world. It’s time for every business to contribute to changing the world for the better.”

— Bob Goldberg, Founder of Follow Your Heart


When we moved into our current facility in 2003, we knew then that it was important to run our manufacturing with sustainable processes in mind. Our first project was installing over 750 solar panels on our roof, which at the time generated about 100 kilowatt-hours (kWH) of green energy per year. In our early days, we actually generated more energy than we used and we sold excess back into the city grid. Over the years, our facilities have increased and with each one, we covered the roof with panels and now have over 2,000 panels generating over 300,000 kWH of green energy per year.


We strive to be a leader in sustainability and are very proud to be the first plant-based manufacturing facility in the US to achieve Platinum Level Zero Waste Certification by TRUE certification. Since 2016, we have been diverting over 98% of our waste from landfills through recycling, composting, reduction, or reuse.

To achieve Platinum Level Zero Waste certification, Earth Island meets a strict set of guidelines which includes diverting at least 98% of overall waste from landfills and implementing a comprehensive program to reduce and divert waste through strategic purchasing, material reuse, composting, increased recycling, and employee education. We analyze every aspect of our operation to classify and quantify all sources of our waste and then identify where waste can either be reduced through increased recycling, composting, or eliminated through reusing materials. Each year we divert nearly 200 tons to recycling, compost over 100 tons, and re-purpose over 200 tons of materials.