“Waste not, want not” is a proverb that we take to heart. As a business with more resources and reach than the average person has, we believe that it's our responsibility to make a positive and lasting impact on our community, starting with food waste and our environmental footprint. When you wash, prep, and cut over 3,000 lbs of fresh produce every single week, you wind up with a lot of vegetable waste. In the early days of The Real Dill, we were tossing around 200 lbs of food scraps in the trash every week. Cucumbers, raw horseradish, dill, and peppers were bagged up and taken to the dumpster. Throwing all of those scraps in the landfill never seemed like the best way to dispose of them. So, in 2016, we partnered with Re:Vision, a local non-profit that turns our food trash into compost treasure. Every week, we divert about 525 lbs of vegetable waste from the landfill and into the hands of Re:Vision. That’s over nearly 30,000 lbs per year! With this partnership and a little creativity, we've successfully become a pickle company that achieves zero food waste.
Our commitment to environmental conservation doesn't stop there. We receive countless produce crates each week, which we donate to local non-profits and farmers. And believe it or not, our best selling Bloody Mary Mix was born in an attempt to increase our sustainable efforts by diverting more food from reaching the landfill.