our commitment to the environment

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Taking care of our customers and the environment is important – it is a year-round commitment. Here are just a few ways we are working to protect our planet and serve your community.

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EPA Green Power Partner

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use.

Based on the Green Power Leadership Ranking, Ahold USA, parent company of MARTIN'S, is ranked #4 of the top 30 retailers for green power. Ahold USA is also ranked #19 on the EPA’s National Top 100 list of the largest green power users.

sustainable seafood

sustainable seafood

All of our MARTIN'S brand seafood items, including Nature's Promise and service case items, are 100% sustainably sourcedWhat does this mean? Sustainably sourced means seafood raised using methods that preserve the well-being of the fishery or farm, as well as the integrity of the fish.

Why go sustainable?

  1. It lessens our impact on the environment
  2. It’s part of our commitment to building a happier, healthier world
  3. It’s a good choice for your family and the environment


Learn more about our sustainably sourced seafood here

waste reduction

waste reduction

In 2016, we’ve diverted 84% of our waste to someplace other than a landfill – through donations, recycling or composting. Our goal is 80% by 2020!

MARTIN'S donates edible food to those in need – while also keeping food out of the landfills. Last year we turned extra food into over 3 million meals and donated over 2.5 million pounds* of meat for our local communities. (*calculation based on Feeding America's formula of $1.72/pound of food)

Watch the story on how donating food helps us reduce waste!

Recycling is also important. During 2016, we saved over 978 thousand trees by recycling cardboard. And we’re saving more than just trees! Each ton of recycled cardboard saves 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water.

reusable bag

make every bag count

So when is a plastic bag not a plastic bag? When it’s a bench! We recycle the plastic bags you bring in through our Bags to Benches program. It takes approximately 10,000 bags to make single bench and since 1997, MARTIN'S has donated more than 1,500 benches made from plastic bags to local churches, schools, townships, parks and playgrounds. Recently, Keep America Beautiful awarded MARTIN'S with the 2016 Community Improvement Award for Waste Reduction and Recycling. With your help, we’ve removed 15 million bags from the environment! Bring those bags back every time you shop because recycling really makes a difference you can see in our communities.

Watch the story about our Bags to Benches program here!

In 2016 MARTIN'S, along with its sister companies, achieved the goal of using 1 billion fewer bags in our stores! Since 2011, we have been committed to making every bag count and by doing so we used 1 billion fewer bags – enough bags to circle the Earth 7 times! We want to give a shout out to all customers who switched to reusable bags – making a positive impact on our communities and the environment. We couldn’t have done it without you! Let’s keep it going, and push even harder, to reach the next billion bag reduction!

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energy conservation

Energy conservation is an important step in maintaining a healthy planet. Over the past few years, we completed numerous energy saving projects, including installing solar panels on store roofs, converting stores to energy efficient LED lighting, and installing HVAC equipment controls that decrease electricity consumption. We also installed submetering in stores that helped us find places where we could be wasting energy. These projects have helped us reduce our energy use by over 70 million kilowatts annually. That has the same impact as removing 10,162 passenger vehicles from the road for one year!

Ahold USA, the parent company of MARTIN'S, has received the following distinctions:

  • EPA Green Power Partner Award (for achievements in advancing the nation's renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change)
  • ACE (Always Conserving Energy) Award
  • NEEP (Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships): Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency
  • 3 Degrees: Certificate of Environmental Leadership (in support of green power)
  • 75th LEED Certified Store (LEED Silver)