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Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery
Staunton, VA

Virginia Green is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s campaign to promote environmentally-friendly practices in all aspects of Virginia’s tourism industry. Virginia Green has established "core activities" specific to each sector of tourism, and these practices are considered the required minimum for participation in the program. However, Virginia Green encourages its participants to reduce their environmental impacts in all aspects of their operations, and this profile provides a full list of all their “green” activities. These are the activities that guests / customers can expect to find when they visit this facility.

Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery

“Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery is a natural foods restaurant and store located in historic downtown Staunton -- just around the corner from the Shakespeare theatre. We are a breakfast and lunch place known especially for our juice bar, wraps, and locally-roasted coffees. We are also a small organic grocery and apothecary."

"We have sort of been "chipping away" at going green since we opened in 2003, beginning with removing carpet to expose the original, less-toxic hardwood floors, making use of natural light, and bringing in live plants to improve the air quality. We keep gradually expanding our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint as additional ideas occur to us and/or become affordable.”

We purchase locally as much as possible. We recycle egg cartons, plastic bags, and kitchen food waste in addition to the recycles listed by Virginia Green. We encourage customers to bring their own shopping bags, and we carry nuts, seeds, granola, dried fruits, coffee beans, loose teas, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar in bulk so their containers can be continually re-used. We also sell milk packaged in returnable, re-usable glass bottles.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- Use disposable containers that are recyclable 

Recycle Grease
- Do not have grease to be recycled 
- Other Activities: No Grease Used

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Plastic 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Newspaper 
- Office Paper 
- Cardboard 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Compost food waste and other compostables 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Purchase locally grown produce and other foods 
- Purchase organic and / or 'sustainably-grown' foods 
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters 
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk 
- Print menus on recycled content paper with soy-based inks 
- Use Virginia Green logo to indicate organic, local, or sustainable menu choices 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Purchase recycled content paper towels and toilet paper 
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems 
- Encourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials 
- Make 2 sided copies / printed materials 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- Properly recycle and / or disposal of thinners and solvents (required by law) 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Use less toxic materials 
- Use 'integrated pest management' (IPM) 
- Other Activities: Recycle Egg Cartons and Plastic Bags, Compost Coffee Grounds, Recycled Furnishings

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 
- Other Activities: Wash Dishes By Hand

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for energy efficiency 
- Have considered upgrading to an Energy Star Commercial Kitchen Package 
- Use high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and in canned lighting 
- Use high efficiency compat flourescent ballasts and lamps (T-5's & T-8's) 
- Use ceiling fans 
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Have individual thermostats for each room 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 

Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery    Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery

For more information on Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery, see or contact Kathleen Stinehart at or 540-885-4755.

For more information on the Virginia Green program, see

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