ORIGIN'S ZERO POLICYPURCHASING AN ORIGIN KOMBUCHA MIGHT JUST BE THE GREENEST THING YOU DO ALL DAY!
GREAT KOMBUCHA WITH EARTH-FRIENDLY PRACTICES
We are committed to producing high quality Kombucha through a business model that is completely Zero-Waste & Carbon Negative. From our bottles to our production ‘waste’, everything is either composted, recycled, reused or made into something new and useful! We highlight a few of our policies below, but you can always refer to our blog for far more detail.
We charge a $1.50 deposit on all of our ORIGIN KOMBUCHA bottles for the simple reason of eliminating avoidable waste from landfills and reducing improperly recycled glass in Quebec’s broken recycling system. Simply return your empty bottle to ANY location that sells Origin Kombucha and you will get your $1.50 refund. Our bottles are directly returned to our production facility each week, where they are properly cleaned, sterilized and refilled with freshly brewed & living Kombucha.
We reuse the bottle itself, the entire swing-top and the label. (*Our labels are designed to be able to withstand the washing and sterilizing process an infinite amount of times.) Our 100% recycled glass bottles are also very durable and are reused as many times as they are returned to us!
We are currently receiving more than 70% of our bottles back each week & always strive to increase that number! You’re actions matter, your efforts are cherished and your returned bottles make a difference!
ZERO WASTE MODEL
Origin Kombucha has integrated a Zero Waste section within its production facility. Whatever cannot be composted or reused is sorted into different categories, where they are then properly recycled according to the specific material & purpose. What about all the little pieces of random material that cannot be properly sorted or conventionally recycled? We’ve figured it all out…right down to the last scrap and sticker. Nothing ever goes in the waste bin.
What about all the boxes our Kombucha is delivered in?
Our retail clients keep our boxes for collecting all the empty bottles our customers kindly return, and they are picked up during each new delivery. We then reuse those boxes as many times as possible until they are recycled with other cardboard material used to make garden beds or even compressed fire logs!
What about the silicone paper on the back of our labels?
This was a big concern for us, since this material cannot be conventionally recycled. Every slip of silicone-infused paper on the back of any product label imaginable goes to our landfills. That is hundreds of tons a year!! But with passion and dedication, we found a way, because there is always a way! We finally found a company that not only recycles this specific type of material, but better yet, they actually reuse a large portion of it!
What about cleaning products?
All cleaning products are biodegradable, earth-friendly and approved for organic certified facilities. As much as we can, we use bulk cleaning products, refilled locally. We use compostable sponges and washable cleaning cloths for cleaning our equipment and work space.
OUR CARBON NEGATIVE OFFSET PROGRAM
From our product delivery to the making of our Kombucha, we offset all our carbon & greenhouse gas emissions. But that is simply where the journey begins. We know that in order for any business to be truly responsible for their role in releasing pollutants into the air, water and life systems, they would have to ‘include,’ not ‘exclude,’ all contributing factors, from beginning to end.
We are not confined to the walls of our production facility or the highway miles of our delivery van. We happily include everyone and everything in our carbon offset program. This goes for the growers, makers, shippers, distributors, materials, ingredients, and packaging that have allowed us to continually create and offer you the best kombucha possible. So we include everyone and everything in our carbon offset program, and happily so. In fact, it’s not enough for Origin to be carbon-neutral….we’re carbon-negative.
Visit our blog to read more about our carbon-negative program, our earth-friendly practices, and much more & share the knowledge with those you love!
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