At Coborn’s Inc, it’s our responsibility to do our part to take care of the communities we serve. Each year, we’re making strides in our sustainability efforts that continue to create a difference for our guests, our communities, and our partners. From the beloved shopping carts that are made with recycled plastic, to energy efficient lights and refrigeration and many things in between, we are proud to continue to invest in doing our part to create a healthier planet.
WASTE REDUCING & RECYCLING
In 2021, we sold over 105,000+ reusable bags to tour guests which has eliminated nearly 4 million plastic bags from going to waste!
Grocery Carts Made with Recycled Plastic
Did you know our beloved grocery carts are made from recycled plastic? They use 30% less energy & 30% fewer resources of its full life cycle compared to metal carts. They lower greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 40%, water usage by 50%, and solid waste generation by 50%.
Recycling Plastic Bags & Cardboard
In 2022, we recycled 18,386,500 lbs. of corrugated carboard and paper and 670,035 lbs. of film plastic.
Organic Waste Disposal Programs
In 2022, we saved 4,009,500 lbs. of organic waste from going to landfills.
Store Construction & Design | Energy Resource & Conservation
In the last few years, we’ve reduced our electricity consumption by 3%.
We’ve slashed 45% of our energy consumption by making the switch to LED lighting! We’ve converted about 90% of our lighting from fluorescent to LED over the last 5 years.
Store Refrigeration Systems
Our freezer and refrigeration systems play a key role in keeping your food fresh and safe to eat! In 2021, we installed new environmentally friendly refrigeration systems in two of our locations. Between those two stores, we expect to lower our electricity consumption by 3000,000 kilowatt hours AND lower our CO2 emissions by approximately 934 metric tons. Combined, these new systems help us save roughly 1,160 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Need to recharge? We have electric vehicle charging stations at our locations at a handful of our locations including Mora, MN; Elk River, MN; Isanti, MN, and one of our Hornbacher’s Locations. Our Marketplace Foods location in Menomonie, WI has a Tesla charging station as well.