What is SUSTAINABILITY to us?
The definition of Sustainability includes the 3 pillars :
Economic, Environmental & Social.
For a business or product to succeed it does need to be economically viable, but we will not pursue profit over people or the environment.
Our choices for the products we use through to packaging and transport all aim to be sustainable and support a circular economy. While no system is completely perfect, we will do our best to let this principle guide us. As we believe this is the kind thing to do.
The products and services we use :
Coffee & Tea
We seek coffee & tea that pays respect to the people and planet that it comes from.
How do we achieve this?
- Organic, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Fair Trade or coffee farm supporting a cause
- Knowing the origin
- The people and communities growing the coffee / tea are supported
Coffee and tea that comes from these farms -
- Use traditional cultivation methods
- Maintain shade and use less poisons
- Protect local flora & fauna, waterways and support biodiversity
- Better prices to the farmers for the product
- Farm workers and their families have better access to accommodation, schooling for their children and health care.
Econic compostable coffee bags -
Econic coffee packaging with valves perform the same as the typical non-compostable traditional fossil-fuel based film coffee packs sold into the supermarkets and by other coffee roasters.
Films used to make Econic have been individually certified to the Australian home compostable standard: AS5810 (Australia).
Econics technical laboratory team have verified that the completed Econic packaging structure and EconicKraft paper outer layer break down in a typical composting environment.
For more info go the the Econic website.
To see it in action have a look at this 2 minute video:
Coffee tin with degassing valve
Tinplate is 100% recyclable. This makes steel the most environmentally friendly packaging available today.
Being 100% recyclable, the materials lifecycle is almost infinite without compromise on the earth or the products quality.
Food grade drums -
These also are made from tin which is 100% recyclable. These are used to store our coffee (they come with a one way valve to let out CO2) and also transport for any potential cafes and wholesalers. Great for refill or bulk sellers.
We currently use this for our sample packs. NatureFlex is a compostable clear flexible packaging is a cellulose film made from wood pulp. This is sourced from sustainably managed forests.
The wood pulp has FSC™ (Forest Stewardship Council™) & PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) Chain of Custody certifications.
The focus of these certifications are biodiversity, minimal impact on ecosystems, reduction of chemical usage, responsible water usage, rights of workers and indigenous populations.
Earth bags are most importantly compostable. Made of brown recycled paper and have a corn-based, 100% natural biofilm that is a renewable resource.
Labels / stickers
These we get printed by Print Together. They use sustainable or recycled paper and environmentally safe inks and toner.
Office paper used is either bought recycled, or we reuse paper supplies that we already own and can repurpose.
Notes that you receive are made with recycled paper that Chanel herself makes.
Shipping & Delivery
100% biodegradable and compostable materials. Have passed Australia’s stringent AS5810 certified home compostable requirements, which includes a worm toxicity test.
In a home compost will biodegrade in 3-6 months.
For deliveries we will favour using Sendle as our preference. Sendle is a registered B Corp & Australia's first carbon neutral delivery service. Rolling out solar powered electric vehicles in Australian Capital cities soon.
Recycled paper cardboard boxes, recycled brown paper for wrapping, brown paper packing tape is made from recycled paper and other recycled / reused materials for pack and fill purposes.
If there is anything we forgot, watch this space for updates. We will endeavour to be as transparent as Mitch & Chanel possible.