Food Waste Reduction Program
From farm to fork, more than 40% of all food is wasted. And Food is one of the largest problems of landfill waste.
Our team also has looked at our company’s food waste and what we can do to be even better about reducing it with the goal of one day completely eliminating it. Since our company’s inception, we have donated food byproducts to area animal lovers and farms who feed our products to their pets, livestock, and local wildlife, such as filling their personal birdfeeders. Our byproducts include food waste created when we change over our lines, skins on peanuts, spills off of our roasters and lines, product that doesn’t meet our taste profile, etc. We also have food waste that cannot be donated to area animal enthusiasts such as outdated products, or products that don’t pass our quality testing. These items are sent to a local company who takes our food waste and upcycles it into an energy source, such as electricity. They do this through a process known as anaerobic digestion.
All 16 oz. jars of nut butter are packaged in glass. We utilize recycled glass to maintain a small environmental footprint. Glass is the only packaging material that the US Food and Drug Administration deems, “Generally Recognized as Safe.” Glass is largely inert, and therefore, neither gives off chemicals to the packages’ contents, nor absorbs chemicals from those contents glass packaging’s excellent barrier properties not only keep external contaminants, including odors, away from the product, but also prevent oxygen from entering and causing spoilage. So our nut butters have a longer shelf life and require no preservatives, which is a good thing.
At Once Again we believe that organic farm production is much safer for our environment. Because organically grown crops avoid the use of pesticides, harmful fertilizers, and chemicals, there is no risk of soil contamination or water run-off pollution. In addition, without the use of chemicals on crops, there is no risk of harming wildlife or pollinating insects.
Pollinating Insect/Colony Collapse
Once Again Nut Butter continually works and is dedicated to improving our environmental footprint. Our company has a dedicated Green Team that looks for better ways to be environmentally conscientious. Our commitment to organic and non-GMO products along with our support of programs addressing colony collapse disorder are some of our company’s larger considerations. We support the Bee Keeper’s Association of Rochester, Honey Bee Awareness Day, and the Xerces Foundation. Most of our products are organic and all of them are Non-GMO verified, with the exception of our local honey. Why not our local honeys? Well, as much as we love our little honey bee friends, we just can’t seem to convince those little rascals that they shouldn’t pollinate crops that are spread with pesticides. In fact, organic honeys no longer exist in the continental United States. Why? Because there must be a radius of at least 5 miles surrounding hives where no pesticides are used on crops, and that no longer exists in the United States today, with the exception of Hawaii.