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Jun 19

Trader Joe’s Bend is ‘Thinking Green’ at the Top of the Nation’s Food Pile

Posted by Cascade Village


For the second year in a row, Trader Joe’s (TJ’s) takes the No. 1 spot on the Retailer Preference Index (RPI). Out of the 56 largest grocers in the country, not only is Trader Joe’s the top grocery store in the U.S., but it’s also leading the charge when it comes to combatting the ‘war on plastic.’

When the company took into consideration their customers feedback on packaging this past winter, they decided that it’s time to make a change. Trader Joe’s Bend implemented ‘pillars of sustainability’ that make them an even more logical choice when it comes to choosing your favorite grocery shop in Central Oregon.  

How Trader Joe’s Has Already Gone Green

‘Thinking Green’ already has Trader Joe’s making moves. According to their website, here are some of the sustainable changes Bend’s favorite grocery store has already made:

  • No more single-use plastic carryout bags.
  • They replaced plastic produce bags with biodegradable and compostable bags.
  • Eliminated Styrofoam packages and replaced them with bio-based, compostable trays.
  • Avoid using BPA, BPS, NPE, PFAS, PS, Styrene, and Phthalates in all packaging.

These changes, no matter how small they may seem, show why Trader Joe’s customers keep them tabbed as their preferred supermarket. In a place like Bend, where the Oregon House has already approved a statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, TJ’s is continually adapting with an eye aimed towards the future.

How Trader Joe’s is Going Greener

Your local Trader Joe’s in Cascade Village Shopping Center doesn’t stop thinking about the future just because they made some changes. Here’s what else you can expect in the coming year:

  • Reduce the number of items sold in plastic packages.
  • Replace plastic sleeves on greeting cards with renewable, compostable sleeves.
  • Replace plastic flower bags with bags made of renewable material.
  • Eliminate non-recyclable plastic and foil pouches from team packages.
  • Replace all Styrofoam trays with recyclable PET1 trays.

Follow Along Their Journey

Trader Joe’s is always keeping its customers more involved in their journey. Follow along with the Inside Trader Joe’s podcast to keep up with the evolution of the grocery store world.

Whether you’re visiting Cascade Village Shopping Center for the 10th Annual Classic Car Expo on June 15th, or just searching for a place to pick up your groceries, Trader Joe’s Bend may be your best choice. With free samples and coffee on the house, what’s not to love about the nation’s No. 1 grocer when their thinking green and keeping you in mind.  

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