The Goals Database
Eliminate Unfavorable Materials
All of Panera’s packaging is in compliance with FDA regulations. We maintain a restricted substances list as well as track emerging issues. We also actively engage experts including our suppliers and non-governmental organizations. Most recently, we were made aware of concerns regarding short-chain perfluorinated chemicals in packaging and are working with external stakeholders like the Environmental Working Group to understand their impact and to identify potential alternatives for the future.
Design For Recovery
Reduce, when possible, the amount of material used in our packaging; and ensure our packaging materials are recyclable or compostable, whenever feasible.
Manufacturing / Operational Waste
As a restaurant chain, we recognize the responsibility we have to reduce waste from our operations—both packaging and food waste that occur in the preparation of our food and in its consumption.
Using this information, we plan to identify ways to reduce the waste we generate, increase recycling and, where economically viable and mandated by law, pursue composting as a means of diverting waste that goes to landfill.