We love this planet, and we’re dedicated to being an eco-friendly spice business. That’s actually not super easy (or affordable) in this day and age for a small business, but we don’t care. We think an investment in helping to save this planet is worth it.
In additional to the following eco-friendly practices, we donate to Conversation International, which works to stop climate change, heal our oceans and create self-sustaining, scalable conservation models around the world.
We Reduce Waste/Pollutants
- On the supply chain side, we’ve reduced our plastic consumption by 40% and our paper waste by 30% in 2020. Those numbers will only rise.
- We source fair trade and direct from farmers, instead of the big spice companies where one bottle of their spice could have spices sourced from hundreds of farmers around the world. Our way means we greatly cut down on spice shipping distances, reducing our carbon footprint (and it also means farmers get paid fairly).
- We use lightweight spice packaging, which leaves a much lighter carbon footprint than heavy glass or plastic jars when it ships to you.
- We’re in the process of switching to more eco-friendly mailers that don’t have plastic bubble wrap inside.
- We upgraded our printing system which reduces our shipping and packaging label waste by letting us use smaller labels and stickers, which saves about 45% of waste when compared to traditional labels and stickers.
- We’re a committed one-car household (Thomas and I are partners in spice and in life, you can get to know more about us here if you’re interested). When the other person is at the spice shop early with the car (which is needed for our daily mail/UPS drop offs), the other person rides their bike to the shop.
- We use reusable cloth towels instead of paper towels for cleaning. Our washer and dryer is eco friendly and uses way less water and energy than typical washers/dryers.
- We reuse all the boxes and packing material we receive.
- We often buy used (thoroughly cleaned) shop equipment like storage racks to keep perfectly good items from ending up in a landfill.
- We recycle everything we can. At the end of the week, our recycling dumpster is always packed at least 8X more than our trash dumpster.
We Say YES to Nature, NO to Chemicals/Things that are Harmful to Our Planet
- Our spice warehouse in Louisville, KY has geothermal heating and cooling.
- Our organic farmers make lots of space for bee colonies to thrive because it helps with cross pollination. In fact having bees on your spice farm can increase spice yield naturally by 100-150%. The bees get fed a healthy, chemical-free diet and more spice crops are grown – a win-win for everyone.
- We partner with certified organic farmers because it produces better spices, but it also keeps nasty chemicals from seeping into the ground and people’s water sources. Here’s a little more information on why organic matters when it comes to spices.
- Our spices are dried naturally with the sun, not with heavy equipment that takes a ton of power.
- Our spices are never irrigated (given intense doses of ionizing radiation in the form of gamma rays, X-rays or electron beams), which creates a huge amount of environmental waste and is not so great for humans to consume.
- We use natural cleaning solutions at our shop/office.
What’s Coming Next…
We’re already doing a lot of sustainable best practices, but we can always do better. We have a lot more planned for the next 6-9 months:
- We’re switching to eco-friendly, recyclable paper tape by May 30, 2021
- We’re switching to a compostable or recyclable shipping labels by June 15, 2021
- We’re switching to a compostable or recyclable spice labels by Jan 1, 2022 (hopefully sooner)
- We’re switching to more eco-friendly spice packing by Jan 1, 2022 (hopefully sooner)
- We’re switching to more eco-friendly gift box packaging by Jan 1, 2022 (hopefully sooner)
This list will evolve as we learn of more ways we can reduce waste and be a more sustainable business. It is a top priority for us. If you have any suggestions or questions, we’d love to hear them! Just reach out at email@example.com.