Marley Spoon Australia is joining the growing number of businesses committing to power their operations entirely by renewables, with the meal delivery kit aiming to make the switch by the end of 2022.
The business achieved carbon neutrality earlier this year, and aims for the next five years to be focused on further reducing its carbon impact, as well as rethinking its packaging, sustainable sourcing and food waste.
“Taking action to minimise our impact on the planet cannot be delayed any longer,” said Marley Spoon Australia chief executive Rolf Weber.
“At Marley Spoon, we are committed to significantly decreasing our carbon impact across our operations. Since our launch, we’ve tried to consciously grow without further increasing our footprint and are continuously implementing actions to measure, reduce and, where necessary, offset that footprint.”
Moving forward, Marley Spoon will work with climate offset specialist ClimatePartner to further its sustainable efforts through projects such as planting trees in Venezuela and Uruguay, and that provide families in Zambia with clean-burning cookstoves. To date, the business has planted 44,000 trees and redistributed 4,000 cooktops.
Marley Spoon is also working to ensure all of its packaging is ‘curbside recyclable’ by the end of 2025, in order to ensure all Australians have an equal opportunity to do the right thing when it comes to properly disposing of soft plastics.
And, the business will instigate a ‘local first’ policy in regards to food sourcing, looking to work closer with local farmers and suppliers to ensure any new ingredients added are Australian made or grown.
“Being a sustainably conscious company is more than just recycling and reducing waste; being a sustainable business or organisation is all about consistently improving,” Weber said.
“Our business model already helps customers easily act sustainably through reducing food waste and working with sustainably-focused suppliers [but] as we grow we need to continue to ensure we’re delivering a product that not only fills a need in their lifestyle, but also allows them to easily live their lives sustainably.”