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AM-Sustainable Charlie

We define sustainability as the ability of the current generation to meet its needs without compromising future generations.

For us, it’s important that the ingredients we choose and the way we produce our food is sustainable for both your health and our environment. 

FOOD PRODUCTION
We ensure that any food waste made during production is composted and that recyclables are directed towards individual recycling streams.

PACKAGING

Econic®Clear™ Compostable Vacuum Bags
We have phased out conventional plastic inner packaging and replaced it with compostable plastic vacuum bags – Econic®Clear™. We are sourcing Econic®Clear™ from innovative New Zealand based company – Convex Packaging Ltd.

Econic®Clear™ bag is made from compostable films that help to lock in the freshness, taste and flavour of Amino Mantra Plant Patties. These films are certified to the European and American com­postability standards (EN 13432 and ASTM6400). Econic®Clear™ bag will break down when disposed off in a composting environment containing heat, water, oxygen, soil and micro-organisms. Find out more about Econic®Clear™ here.
 
NOTE: For customers who do not have access to composting facilities, you could drop off used Econic®Clear™ compostable packaging to either of our farmers’ market stalls on weekends. Farmers' Market location and timing details are here.
 
Paper Boxes
Our outer packaging boxes are made from mixed paper (combination of recycled & virgin pulp). The virgin pulp is sourced from sustainably managed forests and processed without using elemental chlorine bleaching. The paper board is produced under ISO 14001 – an international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS).

Vegetable based inks
The inks that we use on our packaging boxes are mineral oil free and are manufactured from vegetable oils and fatty acid alkyl-esters (modified vegetable oils) which are all derived from renewable resources.
They all conform to the EuPIA (European Printing Ink Association) exclusion list so do not contain any carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic substances according to the Dangerous substances directive 67/548/EEC. They therefore are biodegradable and will break down when disposed of in suitable waste-streams.
   
We incorporate zero-waste principles into every aspect of our business, helping to minimise our production impact on the landfill. Having said that, we acknowledge that there is always room for improvement. We believe that practice of zero-waste philosophy is not a destination but a journey – full of opportunities, challenges and constant learning.  

If you have new ideas or suggestions, we would love to hear your feedback here.

Tamper-proof stickers 
The tamper-proof stickers on top lid of the pack are made from PLA clear film sourced from renewable materials. Both the film and the adhesive comply with EN13432 and are commercially compostable.