A Positive Ecological Impact
Here at Crofter’s, our heart is in the conservation of the environment and the wellbeing of all living things, be they bear, bee, or human. That’s why we’ve focused on responsible farming and integrated sustainable processes into all facets of our business. We know that every little bit adds up to one big difference.
Our Organic Roots
When Crofter’s started in 1989, we sourced only organic fruits (and still do today). This early-adopted commitment is about health, yes, but also a world more. Literally. By refusing to source fruit from farms that use synthetic chemicals or GMOs, we’re encouraging natural biodiversity in plants and wildlife, keeping the waterways clean, and maintaining the earth’s fertile soil. In 2000, the USDA finally caught on to the greatness of organic and passed regulations. We continued doing what we were already doing.
A Bear-Approved Facility
We created a processing facility with an itty-bitty environmental footprint. We recycle 99% of our raw materials’ packaging, and we have our very own wastewater treatment plant to conserve our precious water resources. Using natural biological processes and membranes we return 95% of waste water for re-use in the plant! We also have systems that ‘recycle’ heat to warm our buildings and provide us with hot water, preventing the need to run a separate heating system. And of course, our jars are 100% recyclable. So help us complete the circle! If you’d like to learn more about our awesome systems for heat reclamation and groundwater use/re-use, visit our FAQs.
The Green Cane Project
Even though sugar isn’t the star of our spreads, we still want it to complement our organic fruits. We source our Fair-Trade sugar from The Green Cane Project: an organization that focuses on sustainably producing organic sugar, preserving the environment, and the health, happiness, and education of their workers. They pioneered harvesting sugar cane without burning the land, and then went further by re-establishing biodiversity. The organization has restored soil to virgin rainforest standard, implemented reforestation using native plants, and maintain spaces for wildlife protection—Bear’s favorite part.