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Mountain Rose Herbs Tells Employees to Take a Bike

Posted on 21 January 2010

Known for an uncompromising commitment to organic agriculture and sustainable business practices, Mountain Rose herbs is raising their eco-efforts to new heights by launching a new program aimed at helping employees reduce their carbon footprint.

Car pool imageThe new program focuses on preventing pollution caused by commuter traffic by offering cash incentives to employees who carpool and bicycle to work.  According to the Environmental Defense Fund, U.S. autos emit more than 333 million tons of carbon dioxide each year, which is more than one-fifth of the nation’s total carbon dioxide emissions. Thankfully, programs like the one offered by Mountain Rose Herbs, can make a real difference.

The program is easy to understand, track and offers tangible awards. It pays staff members who carpool to work 12-cents per mile for each passenger, and for those who bicycle to work, 20-cents per mile. In addition to the cash reward for each mile, Mountain Rose Herbs also offers a yearly $500 cash bonus to the staff member who has logged the most miles.

“We pay our employees in cash for carpooling and bicycling to work. To our knowledge, no other company is offering a cash incentive that reaches the same caliber as ours in the United States,” says Shawn Donnille, Mountain Rose Herbs’ Operations Manager & Director of Quality Control.

The carpool and bicycling to work incentive is just one program in a long line of forward-thinking sustainability programs from Mountain Rose Herbs. As a “Zero Waste” company, Mountain Rose Herbs goes to great lengths to ensure that materials which might be regarded as waste are recycled, re-used, composted, reclaimed, or brought back into the production cycle. Everything is collected and sorted for proper reclamation including the backs of labels, plastic bags, scrap metal from barrels, poly-woven bags, herbal refuse material, buckets, oil and much more!  When Mountain Rose Herbs adopted a “Zero Waste” policy, they went from producing about 3,300 gallons of waste per month (a normal amount for a processor) to producing between 80 to 100 gallons per month–the same as a typical four-person household.

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Sinead says:

    Wow! what a brilliant idea! I wish I worked for these guys. I’m an avid cyclist and bike to work every day, come hail, rain or snow. Actually, cycling to work in the snow was really good fun and much more preferable and safter than driving or walking. I tend to waffle on a bit about the merits of cycling and write about it on Ecoboom quite a bit. But it’s fun, healthy, doesn’t cost anything really once you have a bike, lock and lights and doesn’t pollute. Happy days! Now to convince my bosses to pay me 20p a mile for my efforts!

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