We talk about sustainable practices and sourcing, but what do we mean? The Crunchy Baker abides by the following sustainability practices in producing and distributing baked goods:

  1. We use compostable packaging and labels whenever possible. All other elements are either repurposed, recyclable or reusable.
  2. We compost and recycle as much as possible in the kitchen to reduce waste.
  3. We buy ingredients in bulk and/or in sustainable (recyclable, reusable, and compostable) packages.
  4. We source ingredients locally whenever possible, within 50 miles, and support local small farms in Western North Carolina by purchasing ingredients from them.
  5. We source some ingredients (fruits and vegetables) from our own homestead.
  6. All eggs and dairy used are free-range or pasture-raised, and sourced from local farms when possible.
  7. All produce used is sourced or preserved in-season.
  8. When an ingredient, such as chocolate or coffee, cannot be sourced locally, we buy only fair-trade bulk products. We use these items sparingly to reduce carbon costs, and look for local “substitutes” whenever possible.
  9. We ship goods within the United States on a case-by-case basis to reduce carbon costs.

Want to learn how to live more sustainably? Sure you do! Here, we provide ways to change the way you think about our current environmental practices, as well as concrete steps to live a greener life.