Our Impact on the Environment
- We are proud to purchase beans from Kelley Bean Company. Kelley Bean is a third generation family-owned company that partners with growers to help them achieve their economic goals and ensure long-term sustainability.
- We have a long-standing relationship with the Candelaria family in Durango, Colorado. They source for us the finest chiles in the Southwest. These spices are prepared by grinding or crushing and then mixed with the strictest supervision. Samples are then taste tested to ensure a constant quality of excellent taste and texture.
- Tim and Tommy Thwaites at Coda Cofee find us the perfect organic, fair trade coffee beans and then roast them just for us.
Rocky Mountain Spice Company, another family-owned firm, has been our partner for many years. Besides being a supplier of most of our spices, their kosher certification and expertise help to ensure our kosher compliance. Additionally, they serve as our consultant in product development.
- In 2008 we received a Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP) grant to upgrade the Firehouse #10 facility. The grant paid to blow insulation into the attic, install ceiling fans, apply film to all windows, upgrade some appliances and a variety of other items to decrease our energy usage.
By partnering with Altogether Recycling, we teach the women about recycling and contribute our paper goods and aluminum for recycling.
- In a partnership with Vertex, Inc., we decrease our environmental impact of our packaging by using their Expandos, paper pyramids made from recycled paper that cushion the contents of each both. This solution is cost saving, time saving and nontoxic. The machine and the materials are donated by Vertex.
When possible, we use recycled materials for our packaging and packing. We work with a local, female-owned company to identify the packaging and packing materials with the lowest environmental impact.