Sustainable

Beyond food, our next love is for our Mama Earth and those who live on it.  We are on this planet only for a moment, but we know we can make an everlasting impact now for the future species of the planet we love .

We make every effort on a daily basis to reduce our environmental footprint and treat the species on this planet with the respect they deserve, by contributing and participating in the acts of sustainability, recycling, composting, re-using, fair-trade, humanity to animals, as well as our own economic goals.

“Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of  future generations to meet their own needs.” – Environmental Protection Agency.

What does SUSTAINABILITY mean to us…

Creating a healthy product for consumers

  • Creating the food we love is a no brainer for us and using ingredients that won’t harm you or the environment it came from; that’s even more of a no brainer.
  • Conventional agriculture relies heavily on pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, which, used improperly, threaten both human and environmental health.
    • Studies calculated US public health costs of pesticide use at about $1.1 billion per year.
  • Even though there has been limited long‐term testing of GMOs, there are already precautionary concerns being raised for potential human health and environmental impacts.
  • Diet is closely linked with the increasing incidence of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other preventable causes of sickness and death.  We are passionately fighting those issues with our food.

To not harm the environment

  • From composting, to recycling, to re-using, we aspire every-day to create as little waste as possible.  We offer all compostable diningware, create tight-knit controls on food waste, and compost or recycle almost everything that we use and that you don’t keep.  We have no trash can.w
  • We know how damaging food production can be, so we strive to work with our suppliers who focus on counter-actions against:
    • Agriculture represents 84% of freshwater used in the US.  Agriculture has been the declared the leading source of ground and surface water contamination.
    • Agriculture is a known source of nitrogen from soil degradation, methane from animal waste, ozone‐depleting chemicals, carbon dioxide from farm equipment and transportation, and additional energy used for food processing, packaging and refrigeration.
    • Worldwide agriculture and land-use change are estimated to cause about one third of global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions, whereas in the United States, agriculture contributes an estimated 8% of greenhouse gas emissions.

To respect workers and provide fair wages to all parties

  • For many conventional products the price is unfairly low which means that many farmers are having a hard time meeting their personal needs, but still provide an excellent product.  Fairtrade goods change this allowing commercial buyers to pay fair prices for bulk goods giving the farmers a just payment for their product.
    • The most commonly affected products include: coffee, cotton, hemp, exotic fruits, shea butter and palm oil.
  • Agriculture and food processing are among the most difficult, most dangerous, and lowest paid occupations in the US.
  • Human Rights Watch stated that there are “systematic human rights violations embedded in meat and poultry processing employment.”
    • These violations include a failure to use known injury and illness prevention methods, denial of workers’ compensation claims, interference with unionizing, and mistreatment of immigrants.

To be respectful and humane to animals

  • We eat them, why not be nice to them??
  • Improper confinement and handling of animals can cause stress, pain, injuries and chronic disease, all contributing to animal mortality and just a bad life all together.
  • 40% of all US animals are raised on 2% of livestock facilities.  We want to spread this out a bit more.
  • Seventy-five percent of the world’s fish stocks are fully exploited, overexploited, or depleted and a recent study projects 90% depletion of all fisheries by midcentury should current fishing practices continue unchecked.
  • Aquaculture presents an opportunity to supplement wild fisheries, but some types of aquaculture can have serious ecological impacts.
    • Many aquaculture operations pose issues similar to industrial meat production facilities, including high stocking densities, use of antibiotics and parasiticides, and waste discharge into the surrounding environment.
    • Feed for predatory fish such as salmon uses large amounts of fishmeal made from wild caught fish.
    • Approximately 2 to 5 pounds of wild fish are needed to produce 1 pound of predatory farmed fish, leading to a net loss from the ocean.

To benefit our economic goals

  • Seventy-two percent of firms with sustainable practices have improved energy efficiency in their global operations, 69 percent have reduced costly packaging waste and 67 percent have cut their greenhouse gas and other pollutant emissions.
    • These measures have led to significant reductions in energy costs, more efficient use of resources and improved relationships with customers and suppliers.  It’s win-win for everyone!

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