Wholesum Harvest, one of North America’s fastest growing providers of organic fruits and vegetables, was founded on a commitment to “take care of the planet, the land, their workers and their customers”. This family owned and operated business has been using biocontrol and natural growing practices for three generations. As a result, they have developed a reputation as a leader in sustainable farming.
To ensure operations were aligned with their founding mission and brand reputation, Wholesum’s leadership team engaged CHEP to help them analyze their supply chain for environmental impacts.
Working closely with Wholesum, we reviewed their shipping and handling practices to identify efficiency and sustainability opportunities across their supply chain.
The team identified several ways to improve handling efficiency, including the use of shared and reusable pallets to move goods from field to customer. Together, we quantified the environmental benefits of this change with a life-cycle analysis and forecast of the solid waste reduction resulting from this solution. As a result, Wholesum Harvest immediately transitioned to our shared and reusable pallets for handling, warehousing and transporting their produce.
Next, we collaborated with Wholesum Harvest to further decrease their environmental footprint through the use of carbon offset credits. This annual program allows companies to compensate for carbon emissions by supporting projects that reduce greenhouse gases. By applying these credits, Wholesum was able to further reduce the carbon impact of our environmentally sustainable pallets to zero, while positively impacting the community.
Wholesum utilized their carbon credits to fund the “Improved Cookstoves” project, an effort designed to eliminate the safety and health dangers thousands of Mexican families face due to unsafe and inefficient cooking technology. Their credits helped provide 30,000 Mexican families with sustainable plancha wood stoves. These more efficient stoves decrease carbon emissions through the more effective burning of firewood. As a result, less time is required for cooking and collecting firewood, allowing families to spend more quality time together.