[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rom coffee beans in El Salvador, to vegetables on the outskirts of Sydney, to plastic reusable moving boxes, small businesses are making a difference by making an effort to be more sustainable. Smartcompany.com.au is running an article today on the topic of small businesses making a difference by being sustainable.
The idea is it makes moving easier than using traditional cardboard boxes, more convenient, more cost-effective, and it’s just a better solution
Pablo and Rusty’s is a coffee roasting business that aims to go carbon neutral. They think about sustainability through the entire lifecycle of their products, from ensuring that their growers in South and Central America do not use harsh chemicals to using their coffee waste as a fertilzer product.
Also profiled is 42 Bannerman Trattoria eBar, a restaurant located 30 minutes out of Sydney in the suburb of Glenhaven. A family run business with a passion for serving the best, regional, traditional Italian cuisine, 42 Bannerman sources all its fruit and vegetables from within a 35km radius and 90% of the food is produced on-site. The trattoria grows its own blood oranges, limes, lemons, olives, tomatoes and pumpkins, as well as a variety of herbs. They also produce a magazine educating the local community about buying local, which can be found here.
When SmartCompany interviewed Beetlebox, we explained to them that the reality of the business means that we need to offer not only a green solution, but also one that competes on price and convenience to the consumer. Thinking about optimising the route of your delivery truck may seem like a small thing, but if it saves 20km per day, then that adds up to 6,000km per year based on 200 driving days which is 12 full tanks of diesel saved! It also makes business sense, as the dollar savings approach $1,000 in this example.