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Our new eco-friendly bakery!
Our new eco-friendly bakery is located in the navy yard in Philadelphia. These are the steps working towards a sustainable future:
- First, we took an abandoned industrial site and re-used the buildings as foundation material for our new bakery, which avoided clearing a forest and reduced construction waste.
- Second, we built the bakery with several features in order to target LEED-Silver certification.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and acts as a report card for the environmental friendliness of a building.
The features that are included under LEED standards are:
- A white, reflective roof, which minimizes heat-absorbing surfaces that contribute to global warming.
- No-mow, drought resistance grass that uses less water.
- All wood doors and half of the wood used in the building come from certified sustainable sources that work to conserve trees.
- Paints and carpeting with low chemical content that reduce ear, nose and throat irritation.
- Refrigeration equipment using environmentally friendly refrigerants to minimize emissions that contribute to global warming.
- Covered parking lot lights that reduce light pollution; bike racks and access to public transportation that reduce vehicle usage and pollution.
- Solar panels on the roof that provide power to several of the building’s systems.
Our new bakery was also outfitted with a heat-recycling system, which reduces the amount of energy needed to produce our products. Finally, all of our products are packed in recyclable cartons and cases that save trees.
For nearly 100 years Tastykake has been delivering products to local stores and with this bakery we are working towards a sustainable future.