ABOUT THE FRESH CHAI CO.
Our eco report card
I’ve shared my efforts here to plant seeds for other businesses and reassure you that minimizing our impact is super important to me. It’s very much a work in progress so if you know of other ideas or improvements than please email me your thoughts.
Adam Donoghue (Founder)
Cups, cups and more cups!
We use reusable cups (sourced from op shops) for all our market, expo and festival events. We also use reusable sample cups. Hooray, no single use cups!
I just switched all our Australia Post and Fastways freight satchels to paper satchels, these are more expensive then compostable but have recycled content, are compostable and recyclable. We’ve switched most of our tape to kraft paper tape so its recyclable or compostable (for some applications it is unsuitable). I collect boxes from other retailers to reuse for our outgoing freight to retailers.
I looked long and hard world-wide for compostable ‘sticky stuff’ friendly packaging when we last ordered our packaging. But alas the technology wasn’t there yet (dry stuff is easy). Glass was out due to freight issues, high invested energy cost and a poor recycling system in Australia (most being stockpiled at the time). I’m trialling a number of options at the moment as I’m determined to find a better option.
Towards zero waste
Also ask your local shop to do our chai in bulk as I would love to have more bulk stockists.
Energy, water & waste
Your chai is precision ground using solar power (we are 100% solar powered). We recycle everything we can including soft plastics. Our chai is made on a mountain in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and run on filtered rain water. We have very little waste, we reuse the tea sacks as bin liners, reuse all cardboard boxes that we receive for outgoing orders.