Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd, but here at MARTIN’S we realize it is important for us to be "green" everyday. From our stores to distribution centers, here are just a few of steps we take to reduce our carbon footprint:
In our newest stores, we use innovative green building technologies that reduce energy consumption, conserve water and reduce the environmental impact of operations.
We improve the efficiency of refrigerated display cases by installing smaller cooling systems and replacing open frozen food cases with closed door ones.
We implement more energy efficient LED lighting in many different areas of our stores.
As new energy efficient technology hits the market, we will continue to test and evaluate these products in an effort to improve our store designs.
Here are some helpful tips to help reduce your carbon footprint.
Reduce energy leaks. Computers, televisions, video game consoles, DVD players, cable boxes and electronic chargers consume energy even when they aren’t in use. To avoid this leak of energy, plug them into a power strip and turn it off when they are not being used.
Recycle aluminum, glass, paper and cardboard.
Only do laundry with a full load and wash in cold or warm water, not hot.
Use one less paper napkin or paper towel every day.
Wrap creatively. Flip a paper grocery bag inside out and use stamps or markers to create your own wrapping paper that's environmentally friendly and extra special for the recipient. Or reuse bags, gift wrap and bows.
Let go of bottles. Plastic water bottles take thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container.
Ban bath time! Baths use almost double the water of showers. Take a shorter shower too!
Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
Plant a tree.
Buy local. Whenever possible, buy from local farmers or farmers' markets. You’ll be supporting your local economy and lowering pollution by reducing transportation of goods. Click here to learn more about our partnership with local farmers and commitment to offering fresh local produce throughout the growing season.
Play it cool. If you set your thermostat one degree higher in the summer and one degree cooler in the winter, you’ll consume about 10% less energy!
Bring a marker. The next time you picnic, set out permanent markers next to disposable dinnerware so guests can mark their cup and everyone will only use one.
Leave it to the pros. Professional car washes are often more efficient and water consumption is less than if you washed your car yourself.
Use reusable. Plastic bags are not biodegradable and are making their way into our oceans, and subsequently, the food chain. Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive and readily available in all of our stores.