SAPPS AND CO - WORKING TO REDUCE THE IMPACT LOCAL CAFES HAVE ON OUR ENVIRONMENT
Sapps and Co - Sunshine Coast Coffee Roasters & Wholesale Food and Beverage suppliers.
At Sapps and Co we are not only conscious about the quality of our products, but also about the impact they are having on the environment. We understand that our planet is facing troubling times with the food industry perpetuating an ongoing problem through the delivery and distribution of products in single use, non-biodegradable plastic packaging.
We understand that need for people to purchase a coffee in a great cup, but does it have to be a cup that will take thousands of years to decompose? Instead, all our cups are compostable, having been made from plants not oil, which allows the packaging to compost back to dirt. Beyond this we promote the use of compostable ‘keep cups’ – that can be reused over and over and not simply added to landfill. At Sapps and Co we take it upon our responsibilities to educate other business and inform them of potential alternatives so they too can pitch in to save our environment for both our future and the future of our kids. Part of our education process is ensuring that our clients and their customers understand that the word ‘biodegradable’ doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best option.
The term biodegradable simply refers to anything that will break down into smaller and smaller pieces to that point that it is eventually consumed by micro-organisms. However, biodegradable products can still contain toxins and take an extensive period of time to decompose. Compostable products on the other hand are full of nutrients, free of toxins and generally breakdown within 1 to 4 months, creating a nutrient rich compost.
Another common misconception is the use of plastics and their ability to be recycled. When it comes to plastic products, there are two varieties, PET or PLA plastic. PET is made from recycled plastics named polyethylene terephthalate and is most commonly used for water and soda bottles. A raw material, PET is globally recognised as a safe, non-toxic, strong, lightweight flexible material that is 100% recyclable. While the fact it is recyclable is great, it still takes several years to biodegrade, so if not recycled, becomes a burden on our environment, ending up in landfill. PLA plastic on the other hand is made from renewable resources such as plants and bacteria, instead of being petroleum based which is toxic and pollutes the environment. PLA plastics usually decompose within 2-4 months and simply become dirt.
We are a local family and we can see the damage that plastics are doing to our environment every single day. You just have to take a stroll on the beach to see the impact that single use packaging is having right here in our local area. We consider it our responsibility to attempt to create a clean, fresh future for our kids without toxins and pollutants in our soils and waterways. It is for this reason that we take on board the role of educators for our local clients, hoping to spread the word that there are alternatives and we can still enjoy the same convenience, without harming our earth.