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Taking sustainability seriously

Here at Good Pantry we take sustainability seriously.

Our Sustainable Superfoods are produced in a way that has a low impact on the environment and they are products that will be able to be produced the same way in the years to come without compromising mother earth.  Water use, land use and CO2 emissions are all of concern to our plight and we stock products according to how they perform on these accounts.  For us though, it is not enough to simply sell our sustainable superfoods, we want to extend our sustainability focus throughout our business.  One of the ways we are doing this is through saying NO to conventional courier packaging.  We were looking for a sustainable and time efficient way to prepare our goods for posting.

We were so stoked to find STONEPAPER eco courier satchels!

Had you heard of Stonepaper?! Us neither until a few months ago when NZ company Stonepaper Packaging popped up in a search for sustainable packaging solutions.  Paper made out of stone? Really?

Yes! This revolutionary paper is made from 80% crushed stone gathered from industry offcuts that are then bound together by a non-toxic resin to form a beautiful satin textured paper.  All the while leaving the Earth’s natural water supplies and forests to do what they do best!

So what’s so good about Stonepaper I hear you ask?

This paper is seriously amazing.  It looks like paper and can do all the things paper can do- be folded, printed on, made into any shape and size etc.   It feels similar to tree paper- but much nicer- satin smooth.  However, where tree paper requires trees (duh), which require water and land space as well as needing to be cut down, Stonepaper production uses no water, no extra land space and can not only be recycled but is also photodegradable!  Photodegradable means if it is left exposed to the sun it will turn to a powder and then simply return to the earth.  Stonepaper Packaging uses premium Rockstock paper. Rockstock has been given NZ’s most prestigious environmental award – The Environmental Choice.  We are so pleased to have found this alternative and know our customers have been enjoying it too.

Tree Free, Recyclable (#2 code), Photodegradable, Commercially compostable, Environmentally friendly & Non-Toxic Inks

Below is a diagram that explains some of the environmental benefits when producing one metric tonne of Stone Paper compared with traditional pulp paper.

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And what have we done with this product?

We designed and had made courier bags that our products get delivered in to our online customers.  When you order your goods from us, we pop them straight into the bag, seal it and its ready to make its way to you.  No plastic courier bags, no soggy paper wrapping getting wet in the leaky mailbox, just a lux bag that is ready to be recycled- or re-used if you like, simply turn it inside out to post your own mail in!  When you buy from us you can trust we are making good decisions on your behalf and will continue to explore alternatives as we grow.

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Now we just need to work out a way to get these bags to fly to you without the use of a courier……

Eat good, do good.

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Is Yerba Mate Natures Perfect Drink?

Is Yerba Mate Natures Perfect Drink?

A herbal tea does not get nicknamed “the drink of the gods” lightly. Yet ilex Paraguariensis or Yerba Mate has been labeled as such for centuries. Quite simply, every tea and coffee drinker in the world should be incorporating Yerba Mate into their hot drink lifestyle.

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Yerba Mate has been consumed as a staple in various forms for millennia in the South American countries of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The true, potent and nourishing power of Yerba Mate has been long-time documented even with tales of it being a powerful tool in war, where indigenous South American warriors would curb poor ration supply and hunger for sometimes weeks with nothing but the prolonging and nourishing effect of Yerba Mate. Battles were won without swords and arrows but merely with calm, patience and Yerba Mate.  How good!?

unnamedThe question is not, “What can Yerba Mate do?” The questions should be more so, “What can Yerba Mate not do!?” The list of documented Yerba Mate benefits is almost unending and far too vast to go into great detail for a simple blog post now. Over time we will be selecting and highlighting certain attributes and benefits of Yerba Mate use and giving the detail they deserve more specifically. To give an idea of the power of the plant and tea we will outline what we see as the five key features and benefits of Yerba Mate. They are:

1. Smooth Energy Boost – Yerba Mate generally contains around 85mg of caffeine per cup, which is more than tea but less than coffee. The energy boost received is not the typical ‘high-low’ experienced with coffee but a gradual, clean and calming boost of energy. The effects are so different that the phrase Mateine has been coined to replace Caffeine with the tea as scientists currently search for the unique compound similar to caffeine but unique to Yerba Mate.

2. Nutritional Superfood – Yerba Mate is non-acidic, jam-packed with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It contains practically all the micro-nutrients needed to sustain life. As well as 15 Amino Acids, Yerba Mate includes concentrated doses of:

• Vitamin A
• Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E
• Calcium
• Iron
• Magnesium
• Manganese
• Phosphorus
• Potassium
• Selenium
• Sodium
• Sulphur
• Zinc

3. Anti-Stress Agent – Theobromine which is also found in chocolate is found in plentiful amounts in Yerba Mate. Theobromine is the compound that promotes the mild euphoric effect of eating chocolate and drinking Yerba Mate by relaxing blood vessels and allowing for better blood flow which decreases tensions on the heart and promotes feelings of calmness and clarity within.

4. Promotes Digestion – Unique compounds such as Xanthines, help to promote smooth muscle relaxation which aide digestion particularly if one struggles with constipation and bloating. Yerba Mate is also naturally antibacterial against E. coli the most common form of food poisoning.

5. Weight Loss – Yerba Mate is linked to increased fat oxidation, slowing of the digestive muscles and heightened levels of satiety which all contribute to weight loss. The overall combination of energy, nutrients and muscle relaxation experienced when consuming the tea speeds up metabolism and is the perfect partner to any weight loss regime.

The reason Good Pantry is involved with Yerba Mate has all stemmed from personal experience in how it has helped shaped positive change and health in my own life. Before drinking Yerba Mate I could consume up to five coffees a day. With coffee being so acidic I was destroying my stomach, gut and general well-being from the inside out – not good!!! Since discovering and incorporating Yerba Mate into my lifestyle, my health and well-being have increased dramatically. The bowel issues are gone, the ‘bubble belly’ has vanished and with café coffee being nearly $5 a pop, the wallet is feeling heavier.

220px-Mate_en_calabazaTraditionally, Yerba Mate is drunk through an oval-shaped drinking cup called a Gourd. The herb is packed in, hot water is added and the liquid is consumed through a special straw called a Bombilla. We in no way want to disrespect the culture and traditions of those who have come before us but we feel a slightly more subtle and refined way of drinking the tea will allow an easier transition to incorporate Yerba Mate into your life to receive all the benefits (and much, much more) discussed. Use 1 level Tbsp (5g) per cup (250ml) and infuse with hot but not boiling water for 3-10 minutes depending on taste. Yerba Mate has a slightly bittersweet flavour which can be enjoyable on its own or can be sweetened by adding any number of other fruits, herbs or flavourings to get the perfect taste for you. For example, a spoonful of honey, a slice of lemon, or one or two mint leaves.

Do you want to improve your health? Do you want to feel more vitality in your day to day functioning? Do you want to feel more holistic and better about yourself in general?
If so then we invite you to purchase some of delicious, nutritious and life-changing organic Good Pantry Yerba Mate to set the path of health and vitality!

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