sustainability

Reuse Resolutions

Happy new year from all of us at The Grassy Hopper! Now that the holidays are over it is time to sit down with a cup of tea and reflect on the year gone by, as well as look forward to the new one! It is the classic moment to think about our lives, our actions and our choices, and to set fresh intentions for becoming a better version of ourselves.

In light of the new year, several of our staff members, including our founder Yasmin De Giorgio, have set the intention this year to completely cut out the use of plastic bottles, plastic bags and disposable coffee cups from our lives. Our fast-paced, on-the-go consumption culture is contributing to growing landfills and the plastic soup in our oceans, and single use plastics and disposable coffee cups (which are not recyclable, as many people think!), are among the worst culprits. In the UK alone, 5.000 disposable coffee cups are thrown away every minute!* In Malta, 88% of municipal waste was landfilled in 2014, placing our country at the second highest rank in the EU.**

The Grassy Hopper is proud to have championed compostable packaging from the very beginning of opening our business: from day 1 all our take-aways have been packed in compostable packaging by Vegware, made from renewable and sustainable resources, such as cornstarch, sugar cane fibre and recycled paper. Of course, using reusable containers is even better! We love to inspire and encourage our customers and community to make lifestyle choices that are not only better for yourselves, but also better for the planet. For this reason we stock in our shop the beautiful Thank You bottles, made entirely from sustainable and renewable materials: glass, rubber, cork and wood. For only 50 cents you can refill your bottle with reverse osmosis water at The Grassy Hopper, so together we can create an alternative to single-use plastic bottles, and remain hydrated at the same time!

We hope to add more reusable products to our shop so we can help you in making the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle. Which small change will you make this year to contribute to protecting our environment? We’d love to hear about your intentions in the comments! For now, we leave you with some further inspiration: reusable coffee cups / produce bags / shopping bags.  

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/dec/06/modern-life-rubbish-dont-need-packaging

** http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160326/local/malta-ranked-second-in-eu-for-waste-to-landfills.606796

Vegetarian Debates

Some of you may be wondering...why vegetarian?

These are some of our favourite reasons for serving vegetarian (and vegan) food.

1. Vegetarianism is a pro-environment choice

- The cattle industry is a major source of greenhouse gases

- Meat is very inefficient compared with vegetables when it comes to the amount of food grown per acre of land

- Animals use a large amount of water

- Agribusiness is a main cause of deforestation

- The sheer quantity of animals now being raised for humans to eat now threatens the earth's biodiversity

- Vast quantities of excess nutrients form animal waste, factory farms, sewage, nitrogen compounds and fertiliser are swept into the rivers and oceans.

- Animal waste contains many pathogens including salmonella, E coli, cryptosporidium, and fecal coliform, which can transfer to humans through water run-off or manure or touch. In addition, millions of pounds of antibiotics is added to animal feed a year to speed the growth of cattle. 

- The western animal farming economy is based on oil, which is why there were food riots in 23 countries when the oil price peaked in 2008

- A meat diet is generally considered twice as expensive as a vegetarian one.

2.  We believe that a vegetarian diet is more healthy for both the body and the mind

This is obviously a complicated issue which we can not do proper justice in this article but the most important factors for us are;

- High acidity causing reaction of the body to meat

- Large amount of hormones and antibiotics in meat

- Our bodies natural dispensation to digesting vegetables and corresponding stress the body is put under to digest meat

3. We believe that not participating in an industry based on the death of animals promotes peace of mind

It is often mentioned that many of the world's greatest thinkers such as Albert Einstein chose not to eat meat. We believe that although historically eating small amounts of meat ceremoniously may have been normal, eating meat on a regular basis is not in our nature. And killing animals without reverence for their sacred part in the web of life, can actually be harmful psychologically and spiritually .