White Rock city workers have been on strike since May 12, although they appear to have reached a tentative agreement. Still the garbage piles up. For most small businesses in the city the impact is grave - hundreds of extra dollars for private disposal companies to pick up garbage normally collected three times a week. But not for us.
Spiritual Ingredients (named for the way we source our ingredients so as to maintain a spiritual relationship with the earth) strives to be a "zero waste" facility. This costs us money, but so does organic produce and real butter. The earth deserves the extra cash invested.
What does zero waste mean?
- No plastic or styrofoam cups, lids, straws, cutlery or takeout containers. Our stuff is from"Eco Products" and looks like plastic but it's actually made of corn or sugar. Leave it in the sun too long and it melts! Everything is compostable (including napkins and paper towels) and we deliver it weekly to an industrial composting facility. The earth deserves our extra time.
- We recycle everything we possibly can. This is piling up in our garage just now but we could drop it off at the depot.
- We have arranged with several suppliers to take back their containers for re-use. This includes the fabulous folks who make all our waffle cones and some of our Eco-product containers.
- We re-use our plastic ice cream buckets again and again. Hearty little things, they love the dishwasher.
- We sort through our garbage nightly. This is a yucky job but the earth deserves us having strong stomachs. Whether you throw something in our garbage can or recycling bin, it all gets sorted out.
- The only thing we put in the garbage is stuff people throw in our cans from other businesses, and the contents of our bathroom garbage for health and safety reasons. We hate throwing out those paper towels but it's minimal.
- We leave our pop cans for a homeless fellow to pick up every night.
How can you help?
- Support us with your business! We don't charge extra for our more expensive Eco-products because WE are supporting a sustainable earth so we pay the extra. Just buying coffee or ice cream from us puts pressure on other businesses to follow suit.
- Put pressure on businesses yourself by asking if their containers are compostable.
- Put our stuff in your green can or the green cans on the promenade, not in the garbage.
- If you have use for any 11.5 litre buckets with lids, or cardboard boxes let us know!
- If you'd like coffee grounds or egg shells for your garden let us know as well. We have lots every day. And they're free-range organic eggshells and fair-trade coffee grounds!
- Take ONE napkin and use it efficiently. Here's a cool video (TED talk) about it. 5 minutes. Save some trees. They're worth your 5 minutes! http://sustainability.umich.edu/pba/dashboard/resources/waste/paper-waste