Internal Sustainability

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

We’re excited to begin building our Alternative Fuel Vehicle fleet! With our first truck running routes in the City of Atlanta we’re further down the road to more sustainable deliveries at every turn.

Besides having an extended engine life and reduced maintenance costs compared to vehicles that run on gasoline, our Alternative Fuel Vehicle helps reduce our impact on the environment.  Using propane for fuel can sometimes save money (and that’s a good thing), but even when it doesn’t, propane’s higher-octane rating and lower carbon and oil contamination rate is easier on the planet.

Fueling with nontoxic propane instead of gasoline means using a cleaner fuel that produces:

  • 20 % less nitrogen oxide
  • 60 % less carbon monoxide
  • Up to 24 % fewer greenhouse gas emissions
  • Fewer particulate emissions

Additionally, we recently invested in 4 new tractor trailers made with innovative lighter materials designed to improve fuel consumption with sacrificing strength. Keep an eye out for them!

Of course, we're always evaluating all our logistics decisions - careful routing, limited idling, and maximizing delivery routes help us minimize our impact on the planet while getting your seafood delivered on time!

Keep an eye out for: Engagement with the EPA’s Smartway Transport Partnership

Reducing our Dependence on Single-Use Plastics

The impact of disposables on the marine environment is huge. Inland is working to reduce the amount of plastic we add to the waste stream. This year’s Atlanta Food Show featured a variety of non-plastic options like forks made from potatoes! We’re committed to reducing our dependence on single-use plastics at future events and within our offices.

Other ways you can help keep our oceans and waterways clean:

• Audit the plastic items you purchase & investigate alternatives

• Buy in bulk when possible to reduce packaging waste

• Eliminate unnecessary disposables (straws, drink stirrers) or make available only by request

Total fish utilization

There are a lot of good reasons to order whole fish from Inland. One of our favorites is making the most of the effort that went into bringing that fish to our door. Whether the fish you order is farmed or wild, bringing it in whole can benefit you, and the planet in a variety of ways. Curious? Read more on our blog. https://www.inlandseafood.com/blog/5-reasons-you-need-to-order-whole-fish

Oyster Shell Recycling Programs

There are some parts that are difficult to use in your kitchen. Oyster shells, for instance. However, those shells can make great habitat for new oysters. Various programs are in place across the region to help facilitate this tasty recycling project.  For instance, The Alabama Coastal Foundations project ( https://www.joinacf.org/oyster-shell-recycling-program ) shares this data for 2018:

  • Shells Collected: 6,844,377
  • Acres of Coverage: 17.6
  • Weight equal to number of elephants: 145.8
  • Number of dump trucks filled: 110.0

Check out these other great programs around the region:

N. CAROLINA: https://www.nccoast.org/project/oyster-shell-recycling-program/

S. CAROLINA: http://score.dnr.sc.gov/deep.php?subject=6&topic=1

GEORGIA: https://gacoast.uga.edu/education/adult-education/oyster-restoration/

FLORIDA: http://shuckandshare.org/

MISSISSIPPI: https://www.mdeq.ms.gov/restoration/

LOUISIANA: https://www.crcl.org/programs/oyster-shell-recycling.html

TEXAS: https://galvbay.org/oyster-shell-recycling-program/

Visit the Oyster Recovery Partnership for more information:  https://oysterrecovery.org/shell-recycling-alliance/ for more information.