Green Initiatives

Going green one step at a time…

During the planning stage of The Food Workshop, one of the main topics I thought of night and day was green ideas. How to generate less waste? Which ingredients can be bought without packaging? Would customers like it if I encourage them to bring their own containers? What about using preloved containers? How to ship without bubble wraps? I’ve got people telling me that I don’t have to care about all that. But, I choose to care because all this matters to us all.

After I had started this food business, the ideas still escaped me. How do I implement it since we are so used to conveniences? It’s only when I was really in the selling mode that I began to implement some green ideas here and there. We’re not perfect, we still generate waste. What matters is we are taking several small steps at a time. When we compounded everyone’s small efforts, the outcome is huge and very important.

Here are the steps that we are currently taking to make the earth greener:-

Packaging:
1. Print our own label.
2. Use Kraft paper for the label.
3. Use recycled A4 paper.
4. Use double-sided A4 paper to maximize usage.

For pickup and door-to-door delivery
1. Bring your own containers (BYOC).
2. Use preloved containers.
3. Return our containers or pass us your preloved containers.
4. Use biodegradable paper.
5. Bring your own green bag.
6. Use biodegradable cellophane tape (cellulose) where possible.

For shipping
1. Use recycled boxes.
2. Use recycled paper e.g. calendar as a cushion.
3. Use recycled bubble wrap as a cushion.
4. Print courier paper and directly stick on the box without using plastic.
5. Use recycled courier plastic.
6. Use biodegradable cellophane tape (cellulose) where possible.

Production processes:
1. Buy ingredients using own containers where possible.
2. Use containers or bowls with lids and upsidedown plates to store/rest e.g. dough, egg wash, etc instead of cling film.
3. Use Silpat (silicone baking mat).
4. Use biodegradable and compostable baking paper.
5. Reuse baking paper.
6. Bake maximum batch in the oven.

Hygiene & waste:
1. Buy dish wash liquid in bulk using own bottles at BYOB.
2. Segregate waste into kitchen scraps, paper, plastic, glass and tin.
3. Compost kitchen scraps such as eggshells, salted eggshells, salted egg charcoal paste, banana peels.
4. Pass paper, plastic and tin to recycle centre (by household)

Documentation:
1. Keep soft copy records where possible.
2. Use recycled A4 paper if hardcopy is needed.
3. Use double-sided A4 paper to maximize usage.