A Big Green Heart
From the initial planning stage Nicky Donkers, Corporate Commercial Manager made it her mission to ensure that the Foodstore and Eatery reflected Barker's of Geraldine longstanding sustainability principles.
People We Trust
"It started with choosing local partners from South Canterbury to design, build and furnish the Foodstore & Eatery, thus creating and maintaining local jobs. We cleverly built in really design features that use our recycled Barker's of Geraldine Syrup bottles, making them into light fittings, as well as using local joiners to make all of our table holders, serving platters and crates using locally milled Macrocarpa wood. From there it was ensuring that we used local artisan food producers to supply our menus so that the food didn't travel too far to be enjoyed, and was grown and ripened in the lush valleys of this fertile region".
Waste Not Want Not
The food industry is unfortunately associated with large amounts of waste both in the packaging of food products and in the amount of food that is discarded. Barker's Foodstore & Eatery has been tenacious in ensuring that its footprint is minimal so our recycling and composting have reached new levels. The streaming of all waste and diversion from landfill is incredibly rewarding.
Nicky Donker's discussed Barker's commitment “We have been working closely Timaru District Council who have the most proactive recycling system in New Zealand, so we will be using their 3-colour bin recycling system at the Eatery. Any leftover food at the end of each day will enter the food rescue system and go to local families in need, other unsuitable food such as dairy will go off to local pig farmers, and anything left to the composting system at Timaru District Council. Coupled with this the milk bottles will be recycled into Fonterra’s National Recycling Programme".
"As an Eatery providing takeaway we have also been very mindful to choose environmentally responsible packaging. Most food containers can be recycled but often end up as landfill. Ensuring the majority of our packaging is biodegradable is integral to our waste management. All take home boxes and cutlery are manufactured from 100% sustainable sources such as sugar cane and cornstarch".
Taking it one step further all menus are on recycled paper and the children’s pencils are made from recycled newspapers, and children’s toys for your children to play with are made from recycled tyres.
New Initiatives this Spring
Two new initiatives come into play as Barker's have planted a Herb Garden for the Eatery kitchen to use with local children's support, PLUS to encourage you to use a KEEP CUP for your take away Coffee and Tea they are offering a discount on your daily Coffee or Tea purchase, Sarah Davidson the Foodstore & Eatery Manager commented “You will pay the price of a cup of coffee or tea if you were drinking it in rather than the takeaway price which is $0.50 more, we will measure your KEEP CUP and charge accordingly. We know this is a challenge so we are giving you 4 months before we stop offering take away cups and will also be selling Allpress reusable KEEP CUPS, so please make it a New Years resolution – 'bring my own cup'!!”
Sustainability at Barker's Foodstore & Eatery is a way of life.