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Publix Celebrates Earth Day with $40,000 Contribution to Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and 4 Billion Bags Saved

LAKELAND, Fla., April 22, 2015 — For four consecutive years, Publix Super Markets has celebrated Earth Day with a $40,000 contribution to Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) totaling $160,000. This year's project is focused on improving the conditions associated with shrimp aquaculture. The donation will fund research to improve fisheries and help shrimp aquaculture in southeast Asia become more sustainable.

Publix currently purchases shrimp from suppliers that have been certified as sustainable by one of two globally recognized certification groups — Global Aquaculture Alliance or Aquaculture Stewardship Council.

"As a retailer passionately committed to eco-savvy practices, our support of SFP speaks directly to our sustainable philosophy of meeting today's demands without compromising what's essential for tomorrow," said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. "We are uniquely positioned to share information with our customers to enrich the quality of life for our communities and aquatic ecosystems, all while doing our part to preserve and conserve."

Other sustainable efforts include the company's commitment to reusable shopping bags. Publix has sold reusable bags for more than 20 years, and more than 36 million since 2007. The company's initiatives to reduce the use of paper and plastic grocery bags used at checkout include: improved training for front service clerks; communication campaigns to encourage the use of reusable bags; and the distribution of free reusable bags through various partnerships. These initiatives have helped reduce the company's use of paper and plastic grocery bags by over 1 million per day. In an average month, Publix saves over 40 million paper and plastic grocery bags thanks to customers opting for Publix reusable bags.

Earlier this month, the company crossed a major milestone with the help of their customers opting for reusable bags. Together they've helped save more than 4 billion paper and plastic bags.

In an effort to continue promoting the benefits of reusable bags, during the week of Earth Day, Publix customers who purchase three reusable bags will receive one free reusable bag.

About Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

Founded in 2006, SFP is an independent, non-governmental 501(c) 3 organization focused on sustainable seafood practices and marine and fresh water conservation. The mission of SFP is to maintain a healthy ocean and aquatic ecosystem by rebuilding depleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and farm fishing.

About Get into a Green Routine

In 2001, Publix created Get Into a Green Routine®, a program for environmental responsibility. The program began with education and emphasis on energy conservation, and has extended to waste reduction, recycling, and conservation of other resources, including water. The program is designed to encourage environmentally responsible habits our associates can use at work and at home. Through Get Into a Green Routine® and other conservation projects like lighting and refrigeration improvements, Publix has saved more than 1 billion kilowatt hours which equals a reduction of more than 760,000 tons of greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide) and enough kilowatt hours to power 84,000 homes for a year (assuming the typical home uses 1,000 kWh a month for a year). The program has helped us reduce companywide electricity usage by 9.6 percent in existing stores and by 23 percent in new store designs.