Based on my search, it appears whole foods is greener. Whole foods has a sustainability statement on their website, trader joes doesn’t. Here are some articles about this.
“[Trader Joe’s] is ranked low on Greenpeace’s sustainable seafood report card. The packaging is excessive, with even the produce sealed in plastic. The business model forces consumers to buy in quantities large enough to encourage waste. And most of Trader Joe’s products are made on equipment shared with everything you might be allergic to (dairy, nuts) or philosophically opposed to eating (dairy, meat).
But these criticisms seem to slip right off the company like they would off the teflon that’s also bad for you. Not only that, but a survey of influential Gen Y thought leaders, if that’s not an oxymoron, ranked TJ’s among the companies perceived to be greenest. Apparently low prices buy a lot of good will.
It’s true, I was happy to find 80 percent post-consumer waste toilet paper there last week, and there are many non-processed foods and relatively natural cleaning items on Trader Joe’s shelves, albeit wrapped in copious amounts of plastic. But the company—which, unlike Whole Foods, is privately owned—doesn’t even have a sustainability statement on its website. Whole Foods’, on the other hand, is immense and evolving.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=37558#ixzz0dmke40by“
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