Doing business sustainably involves measuring your success in terms of social and environmental responsibility as well as financial results — assessing the "triple bottom line" of people, planet and profit. Our co-op values are the basis for our belief in and support of sustainability. We care deeply about the effect Frontier has on the world we live in — the people and communities we do business with, the way the production of our botanical products affects the environment, the holistic health of us all.
Transparency is at the heart of true sustainability. Our publicly accessible, online Sustainability Report details our performance in seven key environmental and social areas - sourcing, products, packaging, customers, operations, employees and community - and compares the results with thoes from past years. Read our Sustainability Report.
Our facilities - in the four Iowa towns of Norway, Urbana, North Liberty and Belle Plaine - are sustainably managed and have been designed and retrofitted for energy efficiency. (Our remodel of our headquarters entryway, Co-op Cafe, Human Resources Department, and Research and Development Lab was awarded Silver LEED status). More about our facilities in our Sustainability Report.
We committed to reducing our energy consumption levels and using only green energy. We offset 100% of our electrical power usage through the purchase of Green-e certified Renewable Energy Credits. We also offset carbon generated from our shipping, making us one of the first distribution centers to provide 100% carbon neutral shipping. More about our energy use in our Sustainability Report.
Recycling and Waste Reduction
Recycling is a priority in our facility, and we have identified handlers to begin recycling components of our waste stream previously deemed non-recyclable. We have reduced paper usage significantly with a number of initiatives and almost all the paper we use is 100% recycled content. We also use 100% post consumer waste recycled fiber boxes, soy ink printing, recycled and recyclable packaging that is sourced locally for our order distribution. More about our recycling and waste reduction in our Sustainability Report.