Our zero-waste policy uses the simple basic rules of a sustainable activity: reduce, reuse, recycle/compost, but we also wanted to add the word “inspire”:
Reduce: we choose only local produce and locally sourced add on items. By selling mostly dry food add on items, we choose to reduce the cost and volume of shipments. Our main goal here is to reduce our global carbon print, as well as yours.
Reuse: this is why we choose for sturdy reusable insulated bags, made with 80% post-consumer recycled material.
Recycle: all the empty produce boxes we receive from our local farmers are returned to them every week, so that they can reuse or recycle them.
Compost: paper cartons and bags, as well as all the produce left over from a delivery, if not eatable anymore, is composted at our place or at the non-profit Terrace Foundation.
Inspire: by beginning this delivery project, our goal is to inspire more and more families to follow a healthier, more ethical and truly sustainable life style – each one at its own pace.
We use insulated bags instead of wax boxes
Produce boxes are waxed to avoid the cardboard to absorb moisture. Waxed boxes are not biodegradable and therefore, not compostable. They are often used only a few times due to food contamination (wax boxes are not easy to clean). So we decided to use reusable bags!
The sturdy insulated bags we chose are manufactured, using a fabric made with 80% post-consumer recycled material which cuts down on plastic material ending up in oceans, lakes, and landfills. The insulation keeps your produce fresher and we reuse the bags over and over again. As long as you stay a member, your deliveries will be made in your personal pair of insulated bags with your name tagged on them.
To keep our bag policy sustainable, don’t forget to return your empty bags to school before or on your following delivery day!
Why we use paper bags instead of cotton bags for dry food?
Food contamination regulations, water waste and time management are important issues here. This is why we opted for compostable paper bags.
This choice also avoids wasting water, which would be the case with cleaning reusable (cotton) bags. And it helps us to keep lower prices as well.
Please, compost or recycle your old paper bags.
Why we use paper/carton egg boxes?
Plastic egg boxes in our eco-friendly CSA are not an option. Health policies make it difficult for farms to reuse paper egg boxes. However, the paper boxes are fortunately compostable. If you don't have a compost at home, you can recycle the cartons. But before discarding your cartons, why not making some upcycled project out of them?! Click here to find very creative ideas you can realize with your kids!
Why do we prefer grouped points of delivery?
Choosing for a grouped point of delivery means that we drive shorter distances and thereby lower our carbon footprint. We also save time by stopping less often and therefore, we are able to give back $2 /'classic' bag sold to the cause of a business point of delivery and $3/ 'classic' bag to the cause of a school point of delivery.
For more information about sustainability practices and tips, have a look on our blog!
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