Last month, Service Foods was officially certified as ‘Carbon Neutral’. “You can’t sell organic and all natural food and not be Carbon Neutral,” says Keith Kantor, CEO of Service Foods. “Because we’re already conserving energy and recycling, our carbon footprint was smaller than other companies our size.”Here’s how we protect the environment: Our flash frozen/chemical free meats, fish, and vegetables are packaged in a material called Iolon film, which is completely biodegradable (instead of begin wrapped in plastic with a Styrofoam tray like you might see at the supermarket). All of these foods are delivered in reusable totes, saving approximately120,000 cardboard boxes a year (further stopping another 103,200 kg of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere). The delivery trucks even run on biodiesel fuel.By reducing the number of trips our clients make to the grocery store, more than 144,000 gallons of gasoline are conserved, which equates to over twelve hundred [metric] tons of CO2. This is equivalent to taking about 230 cars off the road annually. Further, we recycle over 100,000 cardboard boxes a year, reducing our annual CO2 emissions by another 8.6 metric tons!Here are some of the other actions we’ve taken to reduce our impact on the environment:• Shred and recycle all of our menus and paperwork in our offices.• Send all of our renderings (bone, fat, etc.) from our production facilities to be recycled.• Use energy saving fluorescents for all of our lighting needs in our plants and offices.• Use steam or all natural bio-degradable products when cleaning our production facilities and offices.• Use a proprietary blend of biodiesel for our fleet of trucksBecause we still require electricity and natural gas to serve you, we “neutralize” our remaining carbon footprint by funding offset projects that either sequester CO2 from the air or eliminate the creation of greenhouse gases. All offset projects are third-party verified by the Chicago Climate Exchange.