SuperFeast and Sustainability - Our Pledge for 2019

by Tahnee McCrossin December 30, 2018 0 Comments 3 mins read

SuperFeast and Sustainability - Our Pledge for 2019

US-based Natural Resources Defense Council has launched a 2019 resolution campaign so we can all make a public pledge to do our bit for the planet. We love this quote they shared:

“If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things.” Peter Seger

We have already committed a lot of time and energy to making SuperFeast sustainable, here’s some of the steps we have taken to make our business more sustainable:

  • we have virtually eliminated all our soft plastic use (we recycle the rest at the Woolies bin, which is one of the only places in Byron Shire you can actually recycle soft plastic)
  • we use Who Gives A Crap (we love this company!!) for our loo paper
  • we have our spring water delivered from Oasis in a 200L tank so we don’t use plastic water bottles or have to drink municipal water! (Say no to single use plastics)!
  • SuperFeast HQ has only two desktops in a team of 14 (desktops use 4x more power than laptops)
  • we have invested in 100% green power with Powershop 
  • our HQ will be 100% solar-powered by mid 2019
  • we rarely print except for your orders and when we do it’s on recycled paper (also, the business’s kids benefit from an abundance of drawing paper when we take the used sheets home!)
  • 99% of our snail mail has been eliminated (hello: electronic statements, you guys!) and we do email receipts when it’s an option
  • you will notice upon your cart 'check out' you have to opt in to receive our tonic herb brochure
  • our crew BYO bowls or reusable cups when they buy lunches and we show up to McTavish with 10-14 coffee cups for our daily brew (all carried on a cardboard tray, it’s pretty funny to watch)
  • we compost. Properly. That was a process and is thanks to Farley’s persistence and our neighbours at Compost Central (most composting CONTRIBUTES to methane production, unless you’re doing it properly. Mason has a podcast with Andrew coming out shortly)
  • we are eliminating plastic tape in January with our new tape dispenser arriving - we’ve carried out audits on all our packaging
  • we’re currently trialing 100% home compostable packaging (the first experiment was a bit of a disaster, the herbs were ruined in three months, so that’s a work in progress...!)

We’ve also made our bulk bags (250g, 500g and 1kg) cheaper to encourage to you purchase more, less often. Just make sure you store them in the fridge or freezer (packed in Tupperware) if you’re not using them regularly so they don’t get exposed to humidity.

All that’s great, but we thought it’d be fun to up our game, so here goes!!

 

Our 5 for the planet this year are:

  1. Get an overall energy audit to see how we’re really doing (we’ve gone ahead and scheduled this for January!)
  2. Eliminate appliances that draw excess energy - use power strips to prevent the drawing of unnecessary power for appliances that need to remain plugged in. Check desktops are set to ‘Sleep’ after 30 mins
  3. Look into carbon offsets for businesses - if you have any recommendations for companies with integrity offering offsets, let us know
  4. Keep seeking a source of compostable packaging for our bulk products
  5. Record our business’s sources of sustainable and recyclable resources so we can share them with other like-minded businesses. You can follow the NRDC here: @nrdc_org
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this initiative of ours!! Let us know in the comments what you think. And make sure you head over to Our Contribution page and see all the cool things we are doing xx Tahnee


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