We've introduced our range of organic spices in their new SpicePuck containers to help home-chefs to become even better chefs, while also positively impacting the environment. We are posting a series of blogs discussing the environmental impact of our products.
Today’s story is about sustainable transportation ….
Well, we want to make sure that our transportation strategy minimizes the negative impact on the environment. However, you can imagine that bringing spices and herbs from all over the world to you requires lots of shipping across pretty large distances.
Just so that we are talking about the same thing, here is the detailed description of sustainable transport, by Wikipedia: “Sustainable transport refers to the broad subject of transport that is sustainable in the senses of social, environmental and climate impacts and the ability to, in the global scope, supply the source energy indefinitely. Components for evaluating sustainability include the particular vehicles used for road, water or air transport; the source of energy; and the infrastructure used to accommodate the transport (roads, railways, airways, waterways,
canals and terminals).” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_transport
In general, and as a long-term goal, sustainable transportation would minimize shipping distances and transfers while only using green, clean, carbon-free shipping methods.
So, coming back to our business, maybe we should go back to having sailboats deliver spices to the harbor in Santa Cruz. While this would make for very sustainable transportation, the economics would probably not work.
For the short-term, we are working with manufacturers and suppliers that have efforts under way towards more sustainable transportation. That includes our component manufacturers as well as our spice and herb suppliers. In addition, we are consolidating shipments as much as possible to reduce the number of our shipments. While we have only limited choices about reducing the transportation impact, we can probably make some seemingly obvious choices. In other words, please consider reducing drinking water from France, Italy, or Fiji. Transporting water across Oceans is a pretty good example of negative impacts because of product choices.