Our Commitment to Sustainability
Eating more fruit & veg is one of the kindest things we can do for our planet and at The Happy Pear, we want to create a healthier and happier world.
That’s why we make delicious and healthy plant-based food for you to eat and why we’re doing our best to put it in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging (just like our granola pouch and sprouts tub!).
We have a team dedicated to sustainable packaging and our 2019 goal is to reduce our plastic waste from our products by over 50%
The plastic plight – Why are we moving to compostable packaging?
Plastic is terrible for the environment. It can be found in the bellies of more than 90% of the world’s sea birds, in more than half of the world’s sea turtles, and is even causing death in whales. Ocean plastic is also affecting human health. Microplastic has been found in commercial table salt and studies show that it can be found in both tap and bottled water.
About 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into our oceans every year negatively affecting aquatic life.
An estimated 9 billion tonnes of virgin plastic have been produced in the world until now. Nearly 70% of this has only been used once before being sent to landfills and open ecosystems. Only 9% of that 9 billion tonnes has been recycled. Plastic packaging accounts for about half of the plastic in the world and this needs to be addressed.
The Plastic Plight
Ireland produces nearly 300 million tonnes of plastic every year. That’s a whopping 67kg per person, more than any other European country and double that of the UK.
Half of this plastic is single use and is thrown away.
Packaging accounts for more than 180 million tonnes of Irish plastic production and only 40% of this is recycled.
What is compost?
Composting is the natural process of decomposition. It turns organic materials like garden waste and plant-based foods into a dark earth called compost.
It is nutrient rich and feeds the soil with vitamins and minerals for plants to absorb. These vitamins and minerals support life on our planet as humans and other animals eat the plants that benefit from the nutrient rich soil.
For composting to work it needs food and other organic materials as well as water and air. When the conditions are right microorganisms get involved and start to break down the food and other organic material. Later in the process worms, insects, fungi and other organisms join in and break it down further.
You can make compost in two ways, at home or industrially. Industrial composting is managed by your waste management company and it’s super easy. All you have to do is put your organic food waste into the correct bin (in Ireland that’s the brown one). Your food scraps will be collected and brought to a composting facility where it is turned into compost that will eventually be used by farmers, landscapers, and anyone who wants to grow more plants.
It is a little bit more work but anyone with a bit of extra space can make their own compost in their back garden. All you need is a compost bin and you are ready to go.
Our compostable packaging
Our Compostable Granola Pouch and sprouts tray is made from plant based material. Think of it like the peel of an orange. It protects the food inside, and when it’s no longer needed it goes back to the earth.
These packs can be disposed of in your Food waste bin (in Ireland that’s the brown bin). It will break down completely with the food and other compostable material and turn into soil to support more life.
If you don’t have a food waste bin you can put it in your general waste. It might find itself mixed in landfill with non-biodegradable waste but don’t worry, it will break down 100%.
It can be placed in your home compost heap, but it may take a little longer to breakdown because decomposition time depends on a number of different variables like heat and humidity.
Our team at The Happy Pear are committed to creating a happier healthier world and have a wide range of sustainability projects and achievements across the business.