For Immediate Release
October 1, 2002

Media Contacts:
Michael Straus - (415) 777-1170

Thanksgiving Coffee Wins State Award For Waste Reduction

Fort Bragg, CA - Thanksgiving Coffee Company has been recognized by the Waste Reduction Award Program (WRAP) for the second year in a row.

This award, presented annually by the California Environmental Protection Agency and is currently in its tenth year, acknowledges businesses for their outstanding efforts to reduce waste.

Since receiving the 2001 WRAP award, Thanksgiving has implemented new measures in further reducing waste. One of these is an environmentally preferable procurement policy, insuring that the company purchases products that minimize any impacts their work has on the environment, the health of their employees, and the health of their customers. This includes high post-consumer content printing and writing papers, recycled paper products such as coffee cups, cardboard boxes, and file folders, EnergyStar office equipment, remanufactured printer cartridges, and organic and GMO-free food products.

Biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable or soybean oil that greatly reduces harmful emissions, powers Thanksgiving’s fleet of delivery trucks. Thanksgiving is proud to be the first private company in the state of California to use pure Biodiesel fuel in it's delivery operations. The company applied for and was granted AB 2766 funds-also known as the Transportation Fund for Clean Air-to subsidize the difference in cost between using Biodiesel and petroleum diesel. The company is also working with a non-profit organization to plant over 70,000 trees in Ethiopia to offset the carbon emissions produced in their day-to-day operations

Organic waste from the employee break room and coffee roasting process is added to the company's vermiculture, or worm composting, farm and is made available to local farmers. Coffee sacks in which green coffee beans are shipped are offered to farmers and local fishermen.

Though Thanksgiving uses energy efficient lighting for the 15,000 square foot plant, plans are in the works to switch to solar power.


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