Sprouts Plant Based Getaway
Last month I got to participate in the Sprouts #PlantBasedGetaway in Arizona, home of the Sprouts headquarters. They reached out to me since they'll be opening a Sprouts in Durham soon and it was a great opportunity for me to visit some of their stores for the first time and learn about the company and some of their awesome goals and initiatives.
They invited 10 influencers to come out and learn about their Plant Based initiatives and the ways in which they use their business to help do some good in the world in general. I loved how they kept the group small so that we were able to get to know not only each other, but also many of the Sprouts employees personally. They were an amazing group and it was great to meet so many like-minded people and make new friends.
What is Sprouts?
If you're like me and you don't have a Sprouts in your area yet or they've newly opened, you might be wondering what they're all about. One thing that really stuck out to me about Sprouts is they literally and figuratively have produce in the heart of their stores. Instead of it being one small section off to the side like it is in most grocery stores, Sprouts produce sections are huge and right in the middle of the store. This gives the store an open and airy feel as well as helping steer you towards the food that's good for you and showcasing their amazing produce prices!
Sprouts commitment to people is one of the things that really stood out to me about them. They care about their employees, their customers, and the communities they are in. Each store works with different organizations in their local area to donate unused items. Their distribution centers donate 100,000lbs per month of food! That's an incredible commitment to helping out people in need.
Along with their commitment to people is their commitment to sustainability. The work that they do donating unused food to local shelters also helps them work towards their goal of being zero waste by 2020. Any food they can't donate to local shelters they either feed to cattle or compost. They work with their private label partners to reduce packaging where possible and one of their selection criteria for choosing partners is what percentage of their package is made with recycled content or recyclable. They even build their stores around being as sustainable as possible by building skylights into the stores to save electricity.
Overall I absolutely loved my experience at Sprouts. They are a model for good corporate stewardship of our planet. That shows in how they've embraced the plant-based movement, their focus on sustainability, and their care for the communities they are in. I can't wait until the Durham location opens in August!