Our Sustainability Journey

Our Sustainability Journey

It has been one month since we opened our doors and we wanted to share our journey with you so far. Our aim is to be as transparent as possible with our community.

Setting up Bare Pantry and our path to becoming carbon neutral

When we set up the store we tried to purchase second hand and upcycle, rather than purchasing brand new equipment.

We painted over the existing store signage, purchased display items and our counter second hand, renewing them with a little love. Our shelving frames for the majority of our stock is new, however the shelves themselves are made from leftover flooring.

Jars purchased to fill the first line of stock are new and Australian made (lids imported). We want our customers to also bring in the same style of jars so that we can wash and reuse these as well – building up our jar stock with community donations rather than purchasing additional ones.

As a new business, Bare Pantry currently has a low carbon footprint but we need to continually measure our footprint as we grow, looking at things such as freight, electricity, water and paper use.  We have pre-purchased carbon offsets and will use our measurements after 12 months to see whether we need to purchase more. Bare Pantry purchases offsets with Carbon Neutral, an Australian company that helps organisations across Australia to minimise their environmental impact.

Our 100% electric delivery van Steffi was also purchased second hand and we are able to charge her at our home. We have solar panels at home and we try to charge her during sunlight hours.

The Bare Pantry Community

With thanks to the Bare Pantry Community, we have washed, refilled and reused 104 jars to date. We want to use these jars as many times as possible.

We have also launched an initiative where we will plant a tree with Carbon Neutral’s Plant-a-Tree Program for every customer’s 5th purchase. So far, our community has planted 2 Australian native trees or shrub species in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, located in Western Australia's northern agricultural region, approximately 400 kilometres north of Perth.

Carbon Neutral plants on unproductive, degraded farmland with the aim of returning the land to its original condition and restoring the precious ecosystems within it.

Trees planted by Carbon Neutral are protected for 100 years by a carbon covenant and carbon right registered with the state government on the land title. This ensures the trees cannot be removed or compromised, even if the land is sold.