Our Eco Journey
My ethos has always been about sourcing food that is as close to its natural state as possible, produced and delivered with care and respect for the animals, the environment and the individuals involved.
A key part of this focus is to make sure our end-to-end supply chain is as eco-friendly as possible, which is something I have been working on since the business was started.
We have made great progress, but we are not where we need to be yet. So on we go.
First carbon neutral grocery fleet in Singapore
We are the first online grocer to have a carbon neutral delivery fleet. This means that the carbon emissions from our delivery fleet are fully offset by projects across the world that move communities to green sources of energy.
We have also eliminated 88% of our annual carbon footprint from New Zealand shipments since Q2 2021, with plans for our Australian freight continuing in 2021.
Vegetables are delivered in paper bags where possible
Vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, potatoes and mushrooms are packaged and delivered to our customers in brown paper bags instead of plastic. Whilst we would love to deliver all of our produce in non-plastic packaging, leafy vegetables have to be kept in plastic to ensure they reach you fresh and in the best condition possible.
We use OXO-Biodegradable Bags for our deliveries
OXO-Biodegradable bags degrade when exposed to the elements like sunlight, heat, and microorgranisms. When stored and used properly, these bags can last but they degrade quickest in the exact situation we want it to: when it becomes litter. The degradation process does not release methane and unlike OXO-degradable plastics, these OXO-Biodegradable bags do not create microplastics.
While many forms for degradable plastics are not recyclable, these OXO-Biodegradable bags are fully recyclable.
While we are no longer able to deliver in reuseable crates for safety reasons due to the COVID-19 situation, we are hopeful that we can revert to them in the near future. In the meantime, we encourage all customers to reuse these biodegradable bags where possible.
We are working with our suppliers to reduce their use of non-recyclable plastic packaging
The whole culture of plastic use needs to change and we need to play to its strengths. Plastic is not only malleable, durable and versatile, it also lasts for hundreds of years. Whilst the use of plastic cannot be completely eradicated at the moment, the challenge becomes one of using it more effectively and sparingly. When we repurpose and reuse plastic, we immediately help with the problem.