Food at The Happy Pear
Food at The Happy Pear
Food at The Happy Pear
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The Happy Pear and 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 that’s better for you and better for nature. Here are some of the areas we are focused on in terms of sustainability.


Food at The Happy Pear

The use of sustainable packaging is key to The Happy Pear. We do our best to put our products in the most sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging - striving to use compostable packaging as much as possible. We consistently review our packaging and continue to look for the most sustainable packaging solutions available while also ensuring the quality of the food inside isn’t compromised.We are far from perfect but we are trying our best to be kinder to the planet. Currently, in our cafes, all our take-away food containers, cups, cutlery, straws, napkins and paper bags are fully compostable.

We buy and sell 99% organic fruit and veg in our stores. We are committed to sourcing as much Irish and local fruit & veg as we can. We prefer to buy organic above conventional as it promotes better soil health, more natural biodiversity and less use of pesticides and fungicides. We are very excited to say that this year in 2022, we will be establishing a Community Farm in Kilcoole focused on growing organic fruit & veg for the wider Greystones area and emphasising on increasing the soil life and the surrounding biodiversity.

Food at The Happy Pear
Food at The Happy Pear
David and Stephen Flynn

In the first instance, we encourage our customers to use reusable cups by offering 20 cents off our hot drinks if they do use a reusable cup. We also sell reusable Keep Cups & insulated drink flasks in our stores. We incentivise customers to bring their own reusable bags by providing 15c off when they do and charging them 15c if they require a bag to be provided to them. Our intention here is to encourage the necessary shift in consumer behaviour towards reusable.

Although we don’t like single-use cups, the takeaway coffee cups we use in our cafes are completely paper-free compostable cups, being made of waste material from sugar-cane, making them the most sustainable single-use cup available in the Irish market. Later this year, we will move to reusable cups only whereby you pay a deposit for the takeaway cup and when you bring it back you get that money back.

Opening Hours

Monday | 8am - 5pm

Tuesday | Closed

Wednesday| 8am - 5pm

Thursday | 8am - 5pm

Friday | 8am - 5pm

Saturday | 8am - 6pm

Sunday | 8am - 5pm

Food at The Happy Pear

We are also working hard to reduce surplus food and food waste. We actively curb food waste by using as much ‘unsellable’ fruit and veg from our stores in our kitchens, and our cafes donate any surplus food to local charities while our food production facility donates any excess stock through the food redistribution charity, FoodCloud. Later this year, we will be looking to use our waste coffee grinds from our cafés as a substrate for growing our own mushrooms

We power all our retail and production sites with renewable energy through our electricity provider and what’s more we have installed LED light fittings across all our sites helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our vans run on compressed natural gas, helping to reduce our vehicle CO² emissions by over 20%.

Food at The Happy Pear
Food at The Happy Pear
Food at The Happy Pear

As part of our Origin Green membership, we have set ourselves strong and stretching targets in terms of sustainability across our CO2 emissions, energy, waste, water, buying from suppliers with recognised environmental / sustainable certifications and by promoting healthy plant-based eating & living through our education courses and supporting our own team in terms of their health and wellbeing.

At the heart of social sustainability is togetherness and the desire for each of us to belong. Since its beginning, at the very heart of The Happy Pear is community. Standing up for inclusion, acceptance of all and the celebration of diversity, we strive to foster a strong and healthy community in Greystones and beyond.


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