Please welcome our newest Sarasota County Green Business Partner: Sunflower Discount Grocery in Englewood!
Sunflower Discount Grocery is a local, family owned grocery that strives to help you stretch your grocery budget. They have surplus and overstocks from major grocery chains, offered up to half the price of traditional retail. The brand names you love for less! The cans may be dented, but the prices will astound you! Sunflower Discount Grocery also offer a gourmet deli with quality Amish meats and cheeses, plus a fresh local produce market. All designed to get high quality, healthy foods to our neighbors for less. Brands that you know and love – up to half of retail cost. We buy overstocks and shelf pulls from major grocery chains, allowing us to pass along HUGE savings to you.
As a green business partner, Sunflower Discount Grocery is doing their part to have a positive impact on our community. Keeping items out of our landfills is a mission of Sunflower Discount Grocery. Not only does the store sell items that are perfectly good, but would otherwise go to the landfill, the store has eliminated single-use plastic bags. They encourage everyone to bring a reusable bag tote, or use the cardboard boxes that the food initially arrives in. They support local farmers by providing them food waste from the deli. Employee education is a large part of the mission of Sunflower Discount Grocery. They regularly discuss their environmental commitment with staff, encourage employees to suggest new conservation ideas and always are reinforcing their sustainability goals.
About the Green Business Partnership
The Green Business Partnership is open to all businesses in Sarasota County. Certified Green Business partners operate in an environmentally responsible manner. More than 250 businesses have earned certification. Program certification includes an on-site verification of reduction, reuse and conservation practices in:
- Business operations;
- Solid waste management;
- Recycling; and
- Energy and water consumption.
UF/IFAS Online Green Business Course
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County’s Waste Reduction program has added a new course to UF/IFAS Extension Online Learning: Green Business Partnership Best Management Practices (BMPs)
The “Green Business Partnership Best Management Practices (BMPs)” course is open for all businesses in Florida. Using the model of the Sarasota County Green Business Partnership, created in 2006, the course assists businesses with implementing green practices. A Sarasota County business that completes the application process will become a recognized Green Business Partner. To date, more than 250 businesses have earned certification in Sarasota County.