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Sonoma Market Green Gurus Team Sustainability at Sonoma Market

Sustainability at Sonoma Market

Extraordinary Sustainability

Here at Sonoma Market, we’re committed to working towards a greener, more sustainable future every day, in every store. With the help of our Sustainability Coordinator and Green Guru Team, we’re constantly improving our environmental impact through eco-friendly actions like reducing water and energy usage, recycling, diverting food waste, donating to local nonprofits and more. It’s not always easy being green, but it sure is worth it!

Our Commitment to Sustainability

We are a family business serving our guests, each other and our Earth. We are committed to being leaders of sustainability in our industry with a focus on environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic vitality.

Environmental Stewardship: Taking care of the planet

With every action we take, we aim to ensure the resilience and sustainability of our ecosystems by reducing our environmental footprint and sourcing sustainable products for our guests.

Social Responsibility: Taking care of people

One of our core values at Sonoma Market is to Respect, Appreciate and Value Everyone (RAVE). This means taking care of our guests, associates, communities and producers.

Economic Vitality: Taking care of business (sustainably speaking)

We’re dedicated to being good stewards of our resources, supporting local growers and producers and partnering with companies who share our values for sustainability.

Almost every act of sustainability falls into more than one of these categories, as all three pillars are connected and work together to create a better future.

Sonoma Market Green Gurus Team

Green Gurus

At Sonoma Market, we are committed to serving our guests, each other, and our Earth. That’s why we’ve started our Green Guru program, forming a team of sustainability specialists in our stores to help us achieve our environmental goals. Nugget Market, Inc.’s Sustainability Coordinator and Green Gurus oversee our company-wide sustainability program, ensuring that we’re on the cutting edge in the food industry when it comes to sustainability.


Nugget Market, Inc. is committed to being a leader in our industry, and nowhere is that more apparent than in our sustainability initiatives. We’ve increased our focus on environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic vitality, resulting in enormous improvements company-wide.

In 2019, we made huge strides in reducing our waste and limiting our resource consumption. Here’s how we’ve done so far:

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2019 Diversion Tonnage

Roughly 5,300 tons—that’s more than double what we send to the landfill. This number includes food waste, meat rendering, oil, recycling, cardboard bailing and food donations.

Annual Landfill Tonnage

Amount of waste that goes into the landfill (in tons)

  • 2014 100% 2,996
  • 2015 -23% 2,318
  • 2016 -17% 1,935
  • 2017 12% 2,167
  • 2018 -16% 1,822
  • 2019 -16% 2,123

Current Diversion Rate

Percent of waste leaving our stores to be recycled


The EPA defines Zero-Waste as a 90% diversion rate, so we are well on our way to achieving that goal!

Landfill Rate Percent of waste leaving our stores and ending up in the landfill

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2019 Water Consumption

In the last six years, we have decreased our water use by 9 percent and saved 3.9 million gallons of water. Our goal is an additional 3% decrease each year!

Total water consumption for all locations (in million gallons)

  • 2014 100% 44.5
  • 2015 -23% 31
  • 2016 -17% 41.4
  • 2017 12% 41.8
  • 2018 -16% 40.9
  • 2019 -16% 40.7

Energy Consumption

Total energy consumption for all locations (in million kWh)

  • 2015   29.97
  • 2016   29.99
  • 2017   23.85
  • 2018   27.86
  • 2019   28.6
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Annual Cardboard Tonnage

2,200 tons: Amount of cardboard per year since 2014 (in tons)

Keeping it Green

    1. various products with text: women-owned businesses
    2. three bottles of gray whale gin

      Extraordinary Sustainability: Gin for the Win

      Cheers to sustainability! Have your gin and drink it, too, with eco-friendly spirits that support causes worth raising a glass to. You don’t have to sacrifice quality or your values to make a tasty cocktail with environmentally-friendly ingredients like Gray Whale Gin!

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    3. Ovtene bags with bread

      Extraordinary Sustainability: How to Avoid Food Waste

      Food waste directly affects all of us, but we often think of it in small doses, like the food left on our plates when we get full or the produce that got moldy in the back of the fridge. Unfortunately, the United States lets a staggering 40% of all food produced go to waste, and this number has risen dramatically due to the pandemic. The good news is there are many ways to combat food waste, energy loss and water loss all at once! Here are just a few ways to get started.

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