Sustainability is moving closer to the forefront of many people’s minds as it becomes more and more important to protect the future of our planet. For a business owner, the easiest step toward sustainability begins with waste. Our local hospitality and tourism operators are very supportive of the war on waste and are proud to support National Recycling Week this 11 - 17 November.
Dedicated to their farm and giving back to the local community, owners Phil and Alice pour everything they have into their little farm just 30km north-west of Brisbane. Their hard work results in beautiful crops which then go straight from the soil to local restaurants, cafes, bars and brewers. Any food wastage from these businesses often ends up back at LOOP Growers to be turned into compost to create a closed-loop fruit and vegetable resource for businesses owners in the Moreton Bay Region.
A great example of this sustainability loop is with Moreton Bay Region local café, Flock Eatery. At Flock Eatery, the team sends their organic waste and food scraps to the same farm that supplies them with their greens (LOOP Growers), creating a perfect environmental and sustainability closed loop. Based in Samford, Loop Growers collects and composts all of Flock’s food wastage, turning it into organic matter which is then used to grow produce that ends up on the eatery’s menu. Both businesses are each other’s support system and work together harmoniously to support local business owners within the Moreton Bay Region.
Every week is National Recycling Week for LOOP Growers.
Strawberries – and other berries – gathered after rain are often thrown away. Since 2017, LuvaBerry has been saving these damaged, but deliciously edible, berries and offering them as either frozen or freeze-dried. Not accepting that the berries they grow should go to waste because of a few bumps and bruises, LuvaBerry’s attitude shifted. Wanting the foodies – the jammers, the cooks, the bakers and the restaurateurs – to link together with other like-minded people, LuvaBerry started a ‘War on Waste’ to ensure these lovely berries, packed full of health benefits, don’t go to waste.
This War on Waste has led them to create a delicious and nutritious freeze-dried strawberry powder with all the flavour and colour of fresh fruit – without any nasties. You can now enjoy the benefits of fresh strawberries anywhere, anytime. Working with other local farms to take part in the War on Waste, LuvaBerry’s strawberries and other locally sourced berries go straight from the farm to the freezer, and are lovingly called “cooking berries”– they may not look perfect but they are still delicious.
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