MOUNT VERNON, WA — Draper Valley Farms, the Pacific North West’s leading sustainably farmed all-natural chicken company and PCC Natural Markets, the Seattle-based certified organic retailer, today eliminate the use of cardboard in shipping fresh poultry to PCC’s nine locations.
Instead of using cardboard boxes which are discarded after each shipment, Draper Valley Farms now uses rigid plastic “nesters” — stackable trays that are not just recyclable, they are reused, eliminating the need for cardboard shipping materials entirely and removing the need for labor to break down boxes.
Draper Valley Farms is the first all-natural poultry company to adopt a no cardboard supply chain by using reusable shipping trays.
“We are excited about partnering with a company like PCC Natural Markets in taking proactive steps to reduce our carbon footprint in how we work together,” says Marc Pritchard, Sales Manager for Draper Valley Farms who partnered PCC Natural Markets’ Russ Ruby on the endeavor. “Use of the cardboard-free shipping method with PCC Natural Markets alone will eliminate an estimated 12,000 boxes per year.”
“Organic bread companies use similar reusable stacking trays, and we thought that was a great idea for the delivery of poultry as well,” adds Mr. Ruby, PCC Natural Markets’ Director of Merchandising.
PCC Natural Markets is the first retailer to work with Draper Valley Farms on this cardboard-free, environmentally-friendly shipping initiative, which is planned to roll out to additional customers going forward.