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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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Eco- Art

Eco-Art
It’s a thing!! And it so GOOD.
Graffiti and Street art can be a powerful way to spread messages about important causes and can bring attention to problems that aren’t addressed widely- connecting communities with global issues.
Some forms of Eco-Art have taken street art to a new level of communication- with consideration of the materials and processes being used to convey the artists message.
Have a look at how these artists create Eco-Art- Art that has a focus on the environment within its message and materials and processes.

Moss Graffiti
Moss graffiti is the most sustainable way to adorn the streets, both private and public, with clever sayings, pictures, and other forms of meaningful text–all while adding a little extra green to planet earth.
While spray paint cans are toxic to the environment, moss graffiti is anything but bad; in fact it’s GOOD! Instead of touching up this graffiti with damaging aerosols, all you have to do is water it every now and again!

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Ice sculpture
Using only water to create time based ice sculptures, artists art creating non-permanent art works with no impact on our environment.
Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo’s art installation of frozen men brings the Arctic ice melt to the equator, metaphorically speaking. Showcasing a multitude of thought-provoking figures carefully sculpted out of ice, these men seem to sit in contemplation as the midday heat slowly erodes their bodies.
The little people sit quietly as the sun slaughters them slowly. It’s funny, even if you’re sitting in front of your computer, wrapped against the cold of an unusually chilly day– the effects of the melting ice can be felt worldwide, though few of us have lived on permafrost.

Below is another example of ice sculpture by architecture student Yushiro Okamoto who designed and built IceWall; a temporary installation facing the Charles River for MIT’s 150th year anniversary. Flower seeds were frozen into the ice blocks and when spring came, the ice melted and released the seeds into the ground, where they germinated and eventually bloomed.

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Reverse Grafitti
Armed with rags, brushes and in some cases, pressure hoses, a number of street artists across the globe are expressing themselves through reverse graffiti, an art form that removes dust, rust and dirt from urban surfaces to create images, tags and advertising slogans. While many see the work as positive and imaginative, some view reverse graffiti in the same negative light as traditional graffiti.
We certainly approve of the innovative endeavour!
Paul Curtis, also known as Moose, invented reverse graffiti about a decade ago. Since then, he’s created personal, charitable and commercial work throughout the world. In 2008, he joined forces with Greenworks in order to promote their plant-based cleaner and make a statement about environmentally friendly street art. The outcome is a 120-foot mural of indigenous California plants in San Francisco’s Broadway Tunnel.

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My passion for Eco-Art and art in general comes from my previous career where I was a high school Art and Design teacher. Art appreciation has always been a part of my life and I am excited to find ways to be able to bring this passion forward into Good Pantry. As you will see with our product packaging, each label is not only an artwork in its own right but contains a hand drawn ink illustration on the label. This illustration is not just for aesthetic purposes but is an educational tool as it depicts our product in its original state, something that will generate a more informed consumer.

Like Eco- Art, not only is our message focussed on sustainability but we reinforce this with the materials we use. While our superfoods each have an impressive sustainable profile, we extend this message right through to the courier bags we use. Our courier bags are made from the most sustainable paper in the world- stone paper- paper made from stone!
I will do another blog post on our amazing stone-paper courier bags but in the meantime when you order any product from us, make sure to take a moment to appreciate the bag our products come to you in! We are super proud of this contribution towards a plastic free trade, and are enjoying the feedback we are getting around the bags. For many of our customers it is the first time they have heard of stone-paper and for almost everyone the first time they have seen it.

While you can rest assured Good Pantry is going to be continuously working towards sustainable solutions, we encourage you to question and challenge how sustainable practices are embedded into other products you choose to be a part of your life. The more the market demands brands to step up their sustainable efforts, the more we empower change for our planet!