Food packaging has been shown to account for around 70% of garbage in food service organisations. A large proportion of our garbage is recyclable so we have the potential to make a significant difference in helping reduce our environmental impact.
FACT: 75% of landfill is recyclable or compostable
At Honest to Goodness we do the following to help reduce our carbon footprint:
* Buy and supply organic where possible
We understand that this is not always feasible economically or environmentally. Sometimes the price of organic products is not feasible or some crops are hard to grow organically. When this is the case we aim to access an insecticide-free or conventional alternative.
* Source products from efficient growing regions
Some products have a lower environmental impact and important social benefit when we source them from other countries. For example, our Organic Coconut Oil is sourced from a small remote community, on the island of New Britain in PNG. The volcanic soils are rich in natural minerals and the island provides perfect climatic conditions for coconut palms. The processing and value adding of the oil is done by the same community, that grows and harvests the coconuts, and our purchasing of this product sees direct tangible benefits flow directly to this community through employment and income.
*Source products from Australia where possible
When crops are produced sustainably in Australia, we source them. This aids in reducing our food miles which in turn reduces our carbon footprint.
* Source sustainable alternatives
We like to provide our customers with a choice of more sustainable products. For example our Bio-dynamic 100% Rain Fed Brown Rice, from Northern NSW is grown on rainwater alone with no flood irrigation. This reduces water use with normal rice crops requiring about 1550 L of water to grow 1 kg of rice!
* Buy and supply bulk
Our products are available for bulk buy from our online shop and the markets. This saves packaging, time and resources.
You may be surprised to read packaging in a sustainability blog, but truth has it that without durable packaging for some of our products we would waste food through spills and spoilage. Our new muesli bags were designed to prevent breakage and to keep the contents fresh. They are also resealable which means they can be put to good use again and again, sealing in the freshness and reducing landfill waste.
* Green markets
We promote organic food markets by participating in them. We put together your order for you in brown paper bags. And if you’ve forgotten your market basket we can supply you with our own calico Honest to Goodness bags, or a biodegradable plastic bag. We also use natural light, heating, cooling and sometimes we get a natural shower too, ha ha!
* A green warehouse
We are very aware of our impact on the environment at the warehouse and we believe that every little bit counts. All of our boxes are recycled, we shred our paper from the office and use this as padding, and we use all biodegradable packaging materials. In the office, we print double-sided, shred all paper, and even our business cards & flyers are printed on recycled paper in 100% vegetable ink!
We like to spread the word and advocate for sustainable living practices. We act by example and hope to inspire our customers and other companies to do the same.
So tell us, what do you do to be green?