Tara Natural Foods

Member Since: 2017

Baseline Year: 2015

Baseline GHG Emissions: 7.94 tonnes CO2-equivalent


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About the Member:

  • Tara Natural Foods began 45 years ago with a sack of granola, a few bags of flour, and a bucket of peanut butter. In those days the store was located in a small space upstairs near Princess and Division Streets. Owned by Rudi Mogl, Tara Natural Foods has become a prominent feature of Kingston’s vibrant downtown. They offer health-conscious consumers a wide variety of wholesome foods from local produce to the latest health supplements.

  • In recent years, Rudi and the team have expanded their commitment to sustainability to include energy conservation and waste reduction. They continue to lead from the front and have joined the Green Economy program to help build Kingston's local sustainability movement!

Highlighted Sustainability Projects:


  • Winner of the sustainably.eco - Leadership Award at the 2019 Evening of Recognition!

  • Second place for the Greatest GHG Reduction Award, with 2.7 tonnes of GHGs reduced, at the 2019 Evening of Recognition.

  • Third place for the Greatest % GHG Reduction Award, with a 9% reduction (over 2018), at the 2019 Evening of Recognition.

  • Tara is committed to diverting 90% of its waste from landfill

  • They are actively engaged with a wide variety community groups and activities, some focusing on disability, youth, art, and more, and donates 122 kg of food quarterly to the local Food Rescue Program.

  • Tara has the most badges out of any member in the program with a total of 6, and are the first member to achieve the organic and local badges.

  • Reduced 32.7% of GHGs

  • Reduced the use of water by 52% and electricity by 1%


  • Through the Green Economy program Tara Natural Foods has completed their first GHG inventory and set a 2015 emissions baseline!

  • They continue to upgrade and retrofit lighting fixtures throughout the store.


  • Implemented a refrigerator heat capture project. Captures and distributes waste heat from the refrigeration units during winter months, Tara has significantly lowered its use of natural gas by 57% since baseline year, a total of 1.5 Tonnes of GHG which is equivalent to heat 4 homes per 1 month.


  • Conducted an in-house waste audit to determine how much waste is produced on an average day. Tara's has since committed to diverting 90% of its waste from landfill!

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