Earth Day

April 22, 2019

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Earth Day

Here at Postmates, we believe that we are custodians of our planet, and we have a responsibility to its wellbeing. We’re fortunate to be in a position in which we can help in big ways, but there are little things that every single person can do to contribute every day that cost you nothing but your time and make our home a greener, healthier and happier place to live.

Nature Walk

In 2018, Postmates adopted Drakes Branch creek. In Q2 of 2018, a number of our team members traveled to Drakes Branch to clean up the creek for the first time. They pulled out bags upon bags of trash from the river. The second time they traveled to the location, they only managed to fill one bag of trash. In the time Postmates has been involved with the Pledge 1% program, Postmates employees have donated 4,372 hours of their time to communities and projects such as Drakes Branch.

Postmates sponsored FoLAR’s 30th anniversary of the Great LA River CleanUp, which took place on Sunday 21st of April. Postmates is committed to the communities we operate in and the preservation of the environment.

“[C]alling Los Angeles our largest home demands that we take steps to preserve & safeguard the people, the products and public spaces that power this community,” — Vikrum Aiyer, Vice President for Public Policy & Strategic Communications, at Postmates.

You can do something like this for your community in your every-day. ‘Plogging’ is a term coined by joggers who carry trash bags with them on their run, and collect the trash they see during their daily exercise. This Earth Day, enjoy nature and take a walk around your local park or neighborhood and challenge yourself to pick up as many pieces of trash as you can. Such a simple act can make a mountain of difference.

Food Waste

Postmates is passionate about reducing food waste and aiding in the fight against hunger. FoodFight! is a project Postmates has been involved with since early 2018. Using our existing resources, we use our merchant app to offer restaurants the option to have unwanted food picked up by a Postmate, who then drops it off to partnered shelters. In doing this, we’re actively diminishing food waste as well as supporting communities and nonprofit organizations in their battle against hunger.

We’re currently working on connecting with more shelters through our FoodFight! program to make even more donations and bridge the gap between food waste and hunger.

Postmates is also partnered with Copia, who pick up our own high-quality leftover catering and deliver it to people in need. In just our office, we have managed to divert 2310 lbs from landfills, saved 840K gal of water, causing 10.12K lbs of CO2 to be removed from the atmosphere.

Take a look at our post, ‘It Takes A Village’ to find out how you can donate your excess food to shelters and organizations.


Did you know that cars contribute to around 27% of the U.S.’s total greenhouse emissions? That’s almost a third of our carbon footprint.

Postmates encourages our couriers to walk or ride a bike to and from deliveries, rather than drive a gas-powered vehicle. In New York alone, approximately 96% of our fleet is made up of couriers who either ride a bike or walk to make their deliveries. We’re so proud of our New York and all of our Postmates who are committed to cutting down on their carbon emissions, especially in a city as big, bright and bustling as the Big Apple.

In December of 2018, we introduced Serve to our fleet. Serve is our first ever delivery robot, designed to work with our existing fleet to move smaller deliveries over short distances. Our delivery-bot helps reduce congestion on the roads, runs on electricity and can travel 30 miles on a single charge.

You can help reduce your carbon footprint by walking, scootering, biking, or taking public transport in your daily life.

Plastic Usage

It is estimated that in the U.S. alone, 500 million straws are used every day. Approximately eight million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every single year, with straws only amounting to 0.025 percent of plastic polluting our oceans.

Postmates has launched an in-app initiative that allows users to opt-out of ordering plastic utensils, such as knives, forks, and straws. Since it’s launch on March 28th, over 30,000 people have opted out of receiving plastic utensils in their Postmates orders.

In our offices, we’ve implemented the use of 100% compostable plates and utensils, as well as placing compost bins in multiple locations around our offices to reduce the levels of food waste from the inside out.

You can lower your plastic usage in your daily life by carrying a reusable travel mug, reusable cutlery or metal straws, and saying no to plastic.


If you’d like to make a monetary contribution to an organization working toward a healthier planet, below you’ll find a list of organizations we support and believe in.

NRDC — NRDC fights to defend the planet and all the living things that live on and depend on it.

Earth Justice — Earth Justice is Americas largest environmental law organization. They fight for justice on behalf of the planet to ensure a clean planet for us and generations to come.

WWF — WWF works toward the conservation of the planet in favor of food, climate, fresh water, wildlife, forests, and oceans.

Lonely Whale — Lonely Whale drives action to change the way that we treat our ocean and strive to develop new ways using technology, media, and advocacy to positively influence the health of the ocean.

Turtle Conservatory — The Turtle Conservancy works to protect vulnerable turtles and tortoises and their environments on a global scale.


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