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Norway, Iowa (February 2, 2007) — Frontier Natural Products Co-op, a leading U.S. manufacturer and marketer of natural and organic products, announced today that it has purchased enough renewable energy credits from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) to equal 100 percent of the electrical energy used at its Iowa and Colorado facilities.
"Sustainability drives our decision-making process at Frontier. As a natural products industry leader, we are committed to a sustainable business model that includes our suppliers, our employees, and our co-operative owners," said Kathy Larson, Frontier's Vice President of Sustainability and Education. "Offsetting our environmental footprint with Green Tags for wind and solar power is a logical extension of that commitment."
The renewable energy credits offered by BEF offset the global warming pollution impacts of conventional electricity generation. Green Tags are created when renewable energy sources - such as solar and wind power - are substituted for energy traditionally generated by burning fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas.
This purchase is the most recent of many sustainability initiatives the company has undertaken during its 30-year history. A pioneer in sourcing and selling organic herbs, spices, and botanicals, Frontier has supported and established organic growers throughout the world. The company seeks out Fair Trade Certified(TM) suppliers and has established Well Earth, its own ethical and sustainable sourcing certification program for many of its other products. Frontier has incorporated energy-efficient technology into the design of all its facilities over the years, culminating in its recent "cool-roof" warehouse expansion that features high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and energy-saving lighting design with T-5 fluorescent bulbs and motion detectors.
Beginning in February and continuing through July 2007, Bonneville and Frontier have teamed up to offer an incentive for others to take part in supporting climate-neutral sources of energy. Customers can purchase BEF Green Tags to offset the environmental impacts of the energy they use in their homes and for commuting. With each Green Tag purchase of $120 or more, customers receive a complimentary Frontier Natural Products gift pack with products from the popular natural brands Frontier, Simply Organic and Aura Cacia. This special offer is available through the Frontier web site (www.frontiercoop.com) by clicking on the Green Tag logo. Visitors can then use BEF's carbon calculator to learn how many Green Tags it takes to offset their energy use and be eligible for the free gifts with their purchase.
"Frontier's business, its employees, and its customers are enriched by the company's commitment to sustainability," said Tom Starrs, vice president of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. "Buying Green Tags is another manifestation of that commitment - one that helps to promote a clean and sustainable energy future."
For more information about the sustainability activities at Frontier, visit www.frontiercoop.com .
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Frontier Natural Products Co-op™
Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Natural Products Co-op(TM) offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier, Simply Organic®, Aura Cacia® and Aura Cacia Organics® brands. Products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; bulk herbs and spices; and natural and organic aromatherapy products. Frontier's goal is to provide consumers with the highest-quality organic and natural products while supporting and promoting social and environmental responsibility. For more information, visit Frontier's website at www.frontiercoop.com.
About Bonneville Environmental Foundation
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1998 to restore watershed ecosystems and further the development and use of new renewable energy resources. Through revenues generated from the sales of green power products such a Green Tags, BEF funds projects that restore damaged watersheds and support new renewable energy products from solar, wind and biomass. BEF pioneered the sale of Green Tags in 2000 and has helped establish national standards for certification and trading. Go to www.b-e-f.org or www.GreenTagsUSA.org to learn more about BEF.