Purdys is Purple - AND - Purdys is Green!
Purdys Chocolatier has been in the practice of "Going Green" long before it was fashionable to do so. Reduce, reuse, recycle is nothing new at Purdys! Ever since the early 1960's, Purdys has been recycling and reusing as many non-food materials as possible.
What does Purdys recycle or reuse?
- For years we have been recycling plastic ingredient pails. By having these pails chipped and reprocessed to become other useful things, we have kept a lot of plastic out of the landfill over the years.
- In our factory kitchen, we have reduced items going into the landfill by over 3 times, by increasing recycling of packaging materials. Our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from landfill have reduced from 298 tonnes in 2010 to 144 tonnes in 2012.
- Recycle boxes are set up in lunchrooms for staff food containers, bottles, etc.
Green Initiatives taking place in our stores, our factory, and our offices:
At Purdys Chocolatier, being "Green" is part of everyday life — just like our chocolates!
- Our candy pads are recyclable and do not contain any chemical additives or coatings. Due to their specialized papermaking process, they are also biodegradable and compostable.
- Starting in 2008 all of our brochures are printed on Forest Stewardship Council approved paper. FSC promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.
- Green Reports which are in-house reports about what's happening at Purdy's are shared among all employees. This encourages employee participation and creation of new ideas.
- For years we have been recycling construction materials from our stores and distribution centre to reuse in new store and office renovations.
- Consistently green office/warehouse practices include:
- double-sided printing and photocopying
- using ceramic cups instead of disposable cups
- complete recycling of toner cartridges
- turning off lights when not needed and installing motion sensor lights in all offices
- using battery powered forklifts instead of propane powered lifts
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Most recently, we have:
Installed environmentally friendly lighting, windows, heating systems, roofing materials in various areas of our business.
Use of energy-efficient hand-driers in our washrooms to avoid the use of paper towels.
10% decrease in use of bags.
Eliminated toxic chemicals used in cleaning and maintenance.
Through careful and timely planning, we've been able to streamline the number of distributions to our stores thereby reducing the number of vehicle trips required.
By implementing double sided printing and copying in August 2008, we’ve saved 80 trees each year.
Since eliminating paper towels and using hand dryers starting August 2008, we’ve saved 68 trees each year.
Since June 2008 we have reduced our power consumption in our factory kitchen, saving 115,000 kwh each year. In our distribution facility, we have also saved 148,000 kwh annually.
Reduced our natural gas consumption by 52% since 2008 in our factory and head office (combined), and began using renewable natural gas from Fortis in 2012, which save us over 5 tonnes of GHG each year.
Initiated conversations with our suppliers to "think green" from beginning to end for items we purchase.
During 2012, we reduced our GHG emissions overall by 66.5 tonnes compared to 2011.