As San Mateo County’s first and only grocer focused on the sustainability of each product and the supply chain, Byrd’s Filling Station has reimagined a grocery store without single-use plastics. Since opening in May 2022, it has already eliminated over 100,000 pieces of single-use plastics.

Laura Porter started Byrd’s Filling Station to give busy people one convenient place to find effective plastic-free, natural products. The store focuses on organic and/or non-GMO products and reusable or recyclable packaging. It also prioritizes local vendors to ensure a resilient, community-focused supply chain that minimizes greenhouse gas emissions.

Byrd’s is a woman-owned business (WBE) and minority-owned business (MBE) and it’s certified by the Green Business Network, in which it is one of only six businesses to reach the top Innovator tier. The store also stimulates community interaction and education on pollution and sustainability topics by regularly hosting community events with local nonprofits.

We agree with Britt Bensen, Vice Chair of Surfrider San Mateo County, who said about Laura, “She’s very knowledgeable. She’s ahead of the curve on this issue.”

Watch our Awardee Profile Video of Byrd’s Filling Station to learn more about this sustainable store!