Boundary Bay Brewery has been a member of Sustainable Connections for years and in 2008 we made a committment to move Toward Zero Waste within our business. Last week, we went a step further and took a Fresh and Local Business Pledge. The Fresh and Local Pledge is a demonstration of our commitment to Northwest Washington Agriculture. We have pledged to make a good-faith effort to soure from local producers. We already consistently buy from many local producers including K & M Farm, Breckinridge Farm, Barlean’s, and Avenue Bread, but we have pledged that we will strive to add 2 new local vendors each year and attend one or more networking events to meet new producers. Additionally, we have pledged to source at least 20% of our food budget from local vendors, to track local vs. non-local purchases, and work towards sourcing 25% of our food budget locally. We believe strongly in buying and using local ingredients for many reasons: the quality of the ingredients, the limited carbon footprint, and as support to our local agriculture. All items on our menu that include local ingredients are marked with the Think Local, Buy Fresh icon so our customers can make informed decisions with their fork and their dollar.
Boundary Bay joins Sustainable Connections’ Toward Zero Waste campaign alongside local governments and over 100 other local businesses that have made a commitment to reduce at least 50% of their waste this year. Our aim is to reduce or eliminate waste going to local landfills, increase reuse and recycling of existing resources and purchase more products available to us through local businesses. So far, we use food waste bins, so all of our kitchen waste gets recycled and we have disposable silverware (for takeout and for use down in the beer garden) made of biodegradable corn starch. Most importantly, all of our spent grains from our brewing goes to local farms where it gets used for livestock feed. We will be continuing to implement procedures to further this zero waste goal.
Many of our food products come from local businesses thereby reducing gas consumption as well as supporting other local businesses. In our new menus at Boundary Bay, any food item or beverage that utilizes local ingredients is marked with a Buy Local Be Local logo.
We get our seafood from Barlean’s, our dairy from Breckenridge Farm and our ravioli from Pastazza. Ralf’s Bavarian Bakery supplies us with buns as well as pretzels, Grace Café makes our pies, and our produce is supplied by K & M farm. Our honey comes from Gilemette, our breads from Avenue Breads and Great Harvest Breads and our sprouts from Happy Valley farm. We, here at Boundary Bay, are trying to take steps to tangibly decrease the environmental impact of our business. In turn, we hope to inspire other businesses and individuals to take similarly sustainable actions and work together to move this community Toward Zero Waste!