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Equinox Kombucha and Our Steps for Sustainability

Written by Hannah de Gruchy.

We don’t just supply you lovely lot with organic, Soil Association approved, refreshing kombucha. We’re also responsible producers, always thinking of ways we can help reduce our impact on the planet. Here’s how we’re striving for sustainability, starting with that Soil Association certification…

Organic Ingredients and Resources

Being certified with the Soil Association means that when you buy our kombucha, you can be certain that we know exactly where each ingredient has come from. It means that you know what you’re buying is a genuinely organic product and that we can trace each ingredient back to the farm.

As well as spring water and our natural kombucha starter culture, our kombucha contains Chun Me green tea and raw cane sugar. Our delicately flavoured kombuchas also contain natural flavourings such as hibiscus, rosehip and ginger juice. Everything we add is organic.

The organic farming of our ingredients contributes no nasties to the soil or nearby waterways. That’s no artificial fertilisers or pesticides and definitely no sneaky GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Sustainability is at the core of organic farming, creating an environmentally and socially sustainable system of food and drink production.

Saving the Oceans, and Landfills, from Plastic

Ever since the brilliant Blue Planet II showed us it’s shocking images, it seems the world is finally waking up to the problem of plastic. Images of turtles caught up in fishing nets and whales attempting to eat floating plastic trash upset us all.

It’s estimated that plastic could take 400 years to break down and disappear. But given that we haven’t even had plastics around for that long, we don’t know for sure. What we can be sure of, is that every single piece of plastic ever produced, still exists in some form. Because the problem is, plastic doesn’t actually break down. It breaks up. Into tiny little pieces called microplastics, some invisible to the naked eye.

So it isn’t just the large pieces of plastic rubbish that sea life need to be wary of. Or just the plastic bags that look like tasty jelly fish to hungry turtles. Microplastics are so small that they’re eaten up by unsuspecting small fish. Who are then eaten by larger fish. Who are then eaten by us…

It’s too early to tell if our own plastic trash has ended up in our food chain. But nevertheless, it’s a worrying thought.

Our kombucha is in fully recyclable glass bottles. Our metallic lids are recyclable too. But our sustainability credentials extend further than that.

You Won’t Find Plastic Straws in Our Office Drawers!

One plastic product that stands out as an unnecessary waste and pollutant is plastic straws. Some of us need to drink through a straw. If you’ve had dental treatment recently as I have, you’ll know why.  There are also certain disabilities that mean straws are an absolute necessary.

But they don’t always have to be plastic. There’s a plethora of paper, bamboo and stainless steel reusable straws now available. In fact, watch this space for an exciting giveaway soon!

And we don’t stop there. When we hold tasting sessions either in-house or with our fabulous fans, we always use biodegradable cups. This means that they’ll break down naturally with the help of soil organisms.

We can all take simple steps to improve sustainability. We’ve shared some of ours, what are yours?

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