Sevananda Natural Foods Market is more than just a place to buy groceries. It is a business owned and operated by its Members. Being a consumer-owned co-operative affects the products we sell, the way we conduct business and how we support our community. That means the Member Owners of Sevananda have a voice in all that we do. Along with employees and the board of directors Sevananda Natural Foods Market promotes sustainability and living on this earth with the least amount of impact. How do we do this? First, we have been supporting local farmers and businesses for 33 years by selling local products. This includes everything from seasonal organic produce and natural groceries to health and wellness products. An on-going campaign with Georgia Organics promotes buying local, working with local farmers to supply our Member Owners and shoppers with fresh, organic produce grown within 200 miles of our store. By supporting local businesses we are cutting down on the amount of fuel used in the transportation of products and decreasing our impact on the planet while keeping more dollars in our community. Second, we have integrated many green practices into our store facility. Within the past 5 years, Sevananda has been repainted with Low VOC paint which cuts down the emissions of harmful toxins and sustains a healthier environment. We also recycle cardboard, plastic, glass and office paper. Third, Sevananda Natural Foods Market is the only natural foods market that contributes back to the energy grid. We have 24 solar panels installed on the roof of our building that provide an annual reduction of 5% in our energy consumption. That might not sound like a lot, but for a 29,000 square foot facility any decrease in impact is positive. Finally, Sevananda Natural Foods Market avoids purchasing from companies that disregard human rights and environmental health. We give preference to local suppliers, producers, and growers, and those who demonstrate humane and non-exploitative business practices. We also exclude products containing artificial chemicals and genetically-engineered or irradiated foods. We exclude from our human product line all animal products or by-products for which the animal must be slaughtered, including beef, fowl, and fish. We also exclude soaps and cosmetics that have been developed using cruel and abusive animal laboratory tests.
The Sevananda Mission Our Mission is to empower the community to improve its health and well-being.
Sevananda is Atlanta's original natural food store. And right from our opening day back in 1974, our mission has been to offer our customers food as well as supplements, vitamins, herbs, even pet food you can trust: where it's from, how it's grown, and what's in it. That's food integrity. Scroll down to find out more about food integrity at Sevananda, our 35+ year history, our unique cooperative business model and more. Enjoy.
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