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Juan Gives Back
Original Juan Specialty Foods works with numerous local organizations to support the Kansas City community. The company donates both time and product to multiple civic organizations supporting worthy causes. Joe Polo, owner of Original Juan, also mentors several budding entrepreneurs in the area.
Original Juan’s community support has been recognized through multiple awards from both Missouri and Kansas organizations. The company was also recognized by Inc. Magazine in 2005 and 2006 as one of the top 100 fastest-growing inner-city companies in the United States. Original Juan’s presence on the “Boulevard” in Kansas City, Kansas brings jobs to the community through our employees, vendors and distributors. The company’s economic impact in the neighborhood is significant.
Along with Original Juan’s community support, the company strives to use environmentally responsible manufacturing practices. The company works to eliminate product waste by tight inventory control, operational tactics focused on loss prevention and production upgrades to reduce energy usage and product loss.
Original Juan’s recycling program includes reusing all cardboard boxes shipped to us with glass or packaging materials. The boxes are used to ship out wholesale and internet orders. Any boxes that cannot be reused are recycled. The company also reuses and recycles wooden pallets and 55-gallon plastic and metal drums. Hundreds of plastic barrels are purchased by Kansas City residents and turned into rain barrels every year. In addition to recycling, the company utilizes skylights and an industrial ceiling fan for eco-friendly temperature control of their warehouse.
Very little waste comes from Original Juan’s facility as they recycle, rework and creatively reuse almost everything in the building. The company continues to look for ways to improve business processes for greater environmental awareness and responsibility.
Original Juan is committed to environmental sustainability by offering carbon-balanced shipping to its online customers through GreenShip™ Certification. Greenship calculates and tracks the carbon emissions during the shipping process by using the World Resources Institute’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol and calculates the offsets needed to balance out the carbon emissions from the shipment. Carbon credits fund projects (such as wind power or methane capture from dairy farms), which reduce an equivalent amount of carbon to what was emitted during transport. The credits are sourced through Terrapass (www.terrapass.com), the leading provider of carbon credits.
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