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Scott Nash: Founder and CEO of MOM’s Organic Market Retail Chain

Posted on December 14, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor


The latest issue of Vegetarian Journal features a Veggie Action piece by Samantha Gendler on Scott Nash, founder and CEO of Mom’s Organic Market with stores in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC. At age 22, Scott Nash started an organic foods home delivery business out of his mother’s garage. Now, almost three decades, 15 stores, and 900 employees later, he has created a corporate culture centered on protecting and restoring the environment.

A staunch environmentalist, Nash has implemented an impressive variety of environmentally-friendly measures into all MOM’s locations. For starters, customers can recycle nearly anything there, from batteries, corks, and cell phones on a daily basis to annual denim and electronics recycling drives. MOM’s also offers TerraCycle Recycling, which involves turning previously non-recyclable or difficult-to-recycle waste, such as drink pouches, snack bags, and energy bar wrappers into new products such as park benches and upcycled backpacks. In addition, they have banned the sale of bottled water, eliminated plastic bags, and use biodegradable and/or recycled containers for their in-house packaging. All of the stores’ energy is wind-powered and there are car-charging stations at most locations. Employees are offered incentives for driving electric or hybrid vehicles. “In business, you can make a huge amount of change,” Nash said. “We have a lot of people to impact, and a large environmental footprint ourselves. We have a lot of influence that could ripple out into the industry. An individual can’t do a whole lot, but a business can.”

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