"To ask less of the planet, we ask more of ourselves."
— Apple Inc.
Health is a trifecta of nutrition, movement and mind. But all are impacted by the environments we surround ourselves with, including; people, homes, workplaces and of course all the green things.
It stands to reason that we believe that being considerate of our environments is one of the most fashionable things we can do. So, from our work environment and when researching and sourcing everything from our; products, packaging, marketing, shipping materials, office supplies and even our energy provider, we take the time to investigate all the tiny details in our supply chain in an effort to be as environmentally conscious as we can from 'seed to table'. We are always seeking to improve, but below is our current status on our environmental adventure...
We believe, GREEN is definitely the new BLACK!
We don't currently have our own source of renewable energy, so we went to the best in the business, Powershop, who's parent company, Meridian Energy Australia, only generate 100% renewable energy on their hydro stations and wind farms. By providing this power to the main power grid, they help reduce; the use of fossil fuels, climate change and toxic pollution. Not only do Powershop provide 100% renewable energy, but they also offset 100% of the carbon associated with their operations, and their customers usage, making us 100% carbon neutral — Powershop are Australia’s first and only energy company to be accredited 100% carbon neutral by the Australian Government.
We strive to operate a paperless office, and when we need to make sure that your delicious items get to you looking fabulous or can't beat the tactility of pen on paper, we ensure that all of the paper, cardboard, labels, envelopes and more within the business considers its impact on the environment when we use it, and afterwards.
OUR PRINTERS AND PRINTED MATERIALS
Our printers carbon offset their energy consumption, they use soy and linseed inks, their delivery boxes are 100% recycled, they recycle 95-100% of all used materials and are certified with the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Accreditation. All of our printed material that they produce is printed on Impact, which is a stock (paper) that is FSC certified, 100% recycled and manufactured; carbon neutral, chlorine free and with a net zero climate impact.
OUR OFFICE SUPPLIES AND PACKING MATERIALS
We use 100% recycled, recyclable, FSC certified and carbon neutral office paper.
Our shipping labels are 100% recycled, recyclable, FSC certified and use water soluble adhesive.
Our cardboard shippers are recycled, 100% recyclable and FSC certified.
When we need to use satchels, use 100% compostable satchels, which in a home compost will biodegrade in 3-6 months.
Our 100g and 250g bags are 100% compostable, and entirely biodegrade in 2-4 months, made from cellulose and cornstarch components, approved to touch foods by USA FDA standards.
We are still sourcing larger compostable bags. :)
All of the labels on our Medicinal Mushrooms are compostable with no films or laminates, while we run out our old labels any that are glossy will need to be removed before composting.
You can take the stand up pouches that are not compostable to REDCycle who recycle all soft plastics. :)
INTERNAL RECYCLING PROTOCOLS
We take all of our soft plastics to REDCycle (including; food handling gloves). Who give them to their partners Replas who use them for recycled products and infrastructure initiatives.
All of our other plastic, paper and cardboard waste is recycled or reused in packing materials or repurposed.
All of our food scraps, coffee grinds etc are composted.
INTERNAL CLEANING PRODUCTS
We use non-toxic cleaning products, free from;Phthylates, PERC, Ammonia, Chlorine, Sodium Hydroxide, 2-Butoxyethanol, QUATS and Triclosan.
"Since 1996, when my first 'proper' job required me to use an Apple computer, I've loved every product I've owned and used. But most importantly their commitment to the environment. That's why we choose 'Apple' to run our business." – Nina Grootz, The Grove Founder.
Apple products are not only innovative, but they consider every aspect of their businesses impact on the environment, so much so that; 100% of their global facilitates run on 100% renewable energy, they recycle old devices, their packaging is 100% recycled, they lead the industry in removing harmful substances from devices and in 2017, 22 of their supplier facilities were certified as 'Zero Waste' 'Apple' lead by example – these are just a few of their key environmental initiatives, check out their website for more inspiration...
Our aim is to follow in Apple's footsteps, and we think we are taking some pretty good strides in that direction. What do you think?
We'd love you feedback and recommendations for improvement.