September 17, 2021

Happy Earth Week 2021, Shack Fam!

Outside of Shake Shack building

Our mission is to Stand for Something Good® in everything we do! We prioritize taking care of our team, sourcing premium ingredients from like-minded supply partners, well-crafted and responsible design of our Shacks, along with community support through donations, events, and volunteering.


In 2020, we continued to increase our investment in sustainable and regenerative agriculture, sourcing over one million pounds of natural, sustainable, and humanely raised pork from our partners at Niman Ranch and over 250,000 pounds of regeneratively ranched beef.

Continuing the momentum from our industry-leading switch to compostable straws in 2019, select Shacks began piloting compostable, soil degradable, and marine degradable AirCarbon®  cutlery + straws earlier this year.

Next up, our California and Washington Shacks will start testing brand-new reusable, aluminum SHACK20® water bottles!

Hands holding tray of various Shake Shack food and drinks


We pride ourselves on sourcing premium ingredients like 100% antibiotic- and hormone-free proteins (beef, chicken, and pork) that are always vegetarian fed, humanely raised, source verified—plus, raised and harvested in the USA. Our beef and chicken are always fresh, never frozen.

Additionally, we’ve remained committed to using cage-free eggs in all our food and have done so for the past three years. All our buns are non-GMO and our vanilla and chocolate frozen custard recipes use only real sugar (no high-fructose corn syrup!) and milk from dairy farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones.

Farmer sitting in a field with pigs


Our Shacks feature reclaimed, salvaged, and certified materials, including tables made from reclaimed bowling lanes! We’re proud to have eliminated nearly 165,000 pounds of trash and recycled 1.8 million pounds of waste oil in 2020.

Planks of wood with Shake Shack logo on them

This year, Earth Day is a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come, but more importantly, how far we have to go to protect our planet. We welcome your comments and suggestions as we progress along our sustainability journey! Drop us a line any time at [email protected]. Happy Earth Day!

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