At Seven Sundays, we believe sustainability means more than just being “green”. We see sustainability as essential to the resiliency of our business, and more importantly, the world around us. This means that in all our decisions — from choosing a grain supplier to selecting our packaging — we ask ourselves whether our actions will have a positive impact on the environment and our community. It’s pretty simple, but then again, doing the right thing usually is!
Here are a few examples, but we know this is just the start of our journey…
PURE FOOD = NO CHEMICALS
Eating foods without pesticides or preservatives is not only good for your health, it’s good for the environment. Fertilizers are created using fossil fuels, which are limited resources, and pesticides can run-off into our rivers and streams. We also ensure there are no ingredients in our muesli that you can’t pronounce!
LESS IS MORE
Everyone wins when packaging waste is minimized. Our package consists of unbleached, uncoated, natural paperboard that is 100% recyclable. Our goal is to move toward 100% recycled content, or even better, a reusable container option that can be refilled. There is nothing better than a glass jar full of fresh muesli on your kitchen table!
KEEPING IT CLOSE TO HOME
We source products that make sense. Most of the time, that means buying ingredients that are local and have less distance to travel to get to our facility. It also means finding ingredients that are minimally processed to reduce the amount of energy required to get it from “farm to table”. Starting with our largest volume ingredients (e.g. grains, seeds, honey), we have successfully sourced our ingredients from the Midwest or our neighbors to the north (hint: Canada).
As a food company, one of the biggest impacts we can have is raising the bar of what is considered “healthy” through education. Understanding a nutritional label is step one, but we think it’s even more important to really understand what you are eating, where it comes from, and how it is processed.
1% FOR THE PLANET (FTP)
Right here in Minnesota, we have an amazing organization who make it their mission to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems. You know…so the rest of us can eat…FOREVER. As a member of 1% for the Planet, we proudly donated 1% of our 2013 sales to Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy (IATP).