Alter Eco Owns a Full Circle of Sustainability via Home Compostable Packaging

(3BL Media and Just Means) - Pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin biscotti. I think I even saw pumpkin Oreos this week. If you’re concerned about climate change, you might want to think again before spending too many dollars on prepackaged, squash-flavored goodies.  Packaging accounts for the third largest portion of the globe’s carbon emissions. According to the Duke Center for Sustainability and Commerce, the United States generates an estimated 220 million tons of waste—every, single year. Big brands are well aware of this. Alter Eco Foods, a San Francisco-based B Corp and organic, fair trade, organic, non-GMO food producer, is working hard to make it easy for the pumpkin-craving consumers to indulge, guilt-free.

Alter Eco calls their commitment to sustainability in the production and supply chains of their chocolate truffles, quinoa, sugar and rice, a “full circle of sustainability.” Owning the packaging waste from their delicious candies (try the Sea Salt Chocolate Truffles) is one part of the circle, albeit super impressive. Alter Eco could have easily saved money and research time by switching to recyclables. Nope. They are working hard to make 100 percent of their packaging as fully sustainable as possible. Alter Eco chocolate truffle wrappers, for example, are made of birch and eucalyptus, printed with nontoxic ink that will fully decompose in backyards and compost bins. After just six weeks, the truffle wrappers are almost completely composted—even the metalized layer. They tested it by burying the wrapper into an indoor basil plant. Instead of growing around the wrapper, the plant grows through it, seeing it as a nutrient source. (Check out the link for the video below).

Certified Home Compostable truffle wrappers are just the beginning for Alter Eco. By 2016, their Royal Black, Royal Red, Royal Pearl and Royal Rainbow quinoa pouches will also be 100 percent compostable. For those us without access to city compost bins, Alter Eco suggests consumers bury the wrappers in our garden, stick them in the green bins for yard waste, or throw it in the fireplace. However, don’t recycle it; it will be a contaminant to paper-recycling due to its “plasticized” nature.

Why else should you buy all of your fall and holiday goodies from this “Best for the World” B Corp? They love small farmers. They’ve purchased $8.9 million of cacao for their truffles from 10 partner cooperatives and paid $246,047 in fair trade premiums, all of it given back to the 44 communities that help produce Alter Eco’s foods, helping to develop programs for education, health, finances and more. They utilize the fair trade model AND have direct relationships with the producers. Oh and, did I mention the silky, milky, close-your-eyes-and-slowly-savor, Velvet Truffles? Before you give into Halloween’s cheap chocolate craze, remind yourself that you do care about the planet’s future and check out the goodness of Alter Eco.

Watch this cool video of a truffle wrapper turned basil plant. Meet the small farmers. Order your partner some chocolates. Check out why Alter Eco is a Best for the World B Corp.