In the spirit of authenticity and transparency (two important tenets of the Picky brand!), the Picky Crew thought we would take this Earth Day to share some updates since our lastSustainability Story blog as we continue to strive to decrease our impact on our planet.
If you read last year’s Sustainability Story, you know that one of the biggest impacts we see right now is our packaging. We’ve struggled to find a good solution for our packaging that is both recyclable or compostable as well as shelf-stable and able to maintain the quality of our products. Recycling in our country is (to put it simply) flawed, and without an entire system overhaul, recycling options for packaging such as ours currently look bleak. We will continue to research this and look for better alternatives, but in the meantime, here are some small but hopefully impactful updates we’ve made to our packaging from this past year:
We are proud to work with contract manufacturers who try to source local ingredients whenever possible, and we are continuing to seek out ingredient sources that use sustainable and responsible practices. Some news on the ingredient front:
We are continuing to work with our manufacturers to increase production line quality & efficiency when making our products. We’ve seen a decrease in the number of bars with packaging flaws or excess oil from the nut butters, which decreases the amount of bars we have to discard (read: eat for snacks at HQ).
This is another area where we hope to see improvements in our footprint as we continue to make small tweaks and updates to our shipping system to get our customers the real [good] food they ordered quickly and efficiently.
We are actively working to develop partnerships with West Coast Indigenous & BIPOC-owned farms to source ingredients in order to support local, equitable, and sustainable farming.
We're constantly on the hunt for ingredients, materials, and practices that increase the positive impacts our products can make on the world, from the seedlings in the ground to the final product you put in your mouth!
We are working on building out a better one-time product solution for club members to reduce shipping. The process is far from perfect as it stands right now, but we hope to see improvements on this front this year.
If you would like to make a small but impactful change to help us reduce shipping, you can increase your club shipment order and space it out to every 2 or 3 months by visiting pickybars.com/my-account.
This is one we still hear a lot from customers-- “Can I send in my Oatmeal bag and/or Drizzle jar and get it refilled?” Unfortunately, the answer is still “We wish!” Food safety regulations at our manufacturing partners say otherwise. However, here are some clever packaging reuse ideas we’ve heard from customers (and many we’ve tested ourselves):
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We hope to continue to make small improvements to our processes, packaging, products, and business that contribute to the bigger picture of sustainability at Picky Bars.
Just like last year, feel free to reach out with any suggestions, ideas, info, and/or resource sharing on sustainable practices to the team firstname.lastname@example.org. Taking care of our planet will continue to be a team effort, and we are so thankful for your support as always!
Happy Earth Day!