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Earth Island, the manufacturing facility for vegan brand, Follow Your Heart, became the first plant-based company to receive Gold Level Zero-Waste certification from sustainability watchdog group Green Business Certification Incorporated.

Over the past 12 months, the business has made changes in order to reach the high standard demanded. They now divert 97 percent of their waste from landfills through reusing materials, recycling and composting programs, and employee education about reducing waste.

One of the most major changes made by the business included redesigning the lids of products such as Veganaise, to reduce their packaging by 23,700 pounds per year.

“The love and care that Earth Island puts into every Follow Your Heart product is strengthened by their commitment to sustainability,” Earth Island’s CEO Bob Goldberg said. “It is simply an important part of being a responsible business in today’s world. It’s time for every business to contribute to changing the world for the better.”

“It is simply an important part of being a responsible business in today’s world. It’s time for every business to contribute to changing the world for the better.”

While vegan businesses are now famous for having very little waste during production, animal-based products continue to pollute and destroy the environment. The damage is severe and verging on irreversible.

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