Small Washington farm takes on big plastic packaging problem
Adapted from a press release from Diamondback Acres:
Local organic farm Diamondback Acres is taking strides to cut plastic pollution by moving to compostable packaging.
Diamondback Acres in Lake Chelan, Washington, has been farming organic produce since 1991. Bill and Angell Clark, the farm’s owners, have put sustainability at the heart of the business for more than 30 years. They distribute produce direct to consumers online at chelanbeauty.com to minimize emissions through transportation. The Clarks focus on quality over quantity, and the farm is set in 200 acres of land producing the highest quality organic apples, cherries, and blueberries on the market.
In a bid to combat plastic waste, Diamondback Acres has partnered with TIPA Compostable Packaging to package its organic cherries in TIPA’s certified home-compostable zipper bags. By moving to compostable zipper bags the farm has reduced its use of plastic by 3000 pounds in the first year. TIPA’s compostable zipper bags perform like conventional plastic but can be disposed of using existing composting infrastructure including home compost bins, leaving no waste behind.
Not only does compostable packaging reduce plastic pollution, it also helps maintain farm-to-table freshness and is proven to increase the shelf-life of fresh produce by up to two times. This helps to minimize food waste – a major contributor to carbon emissions.
Bill and Angell Clark say their goal is to set an example for grocery giants to follow in their eco-friendly footsteps. Bill Clark, Diamondback Acres owner said: “For almost 30 years we have worked hard to produce the finest organic produce, passionately believing in the practice for the environment, the soil, our workers and ultimately the consumer.”
“We’re extremely excited to be working with TIPA to supply our cherries in its compostable zipper bags, allowing us to help reduce plastic and food waste. We strongly believe that if smaller companies make these small changes, we can make huge strides to protect the planet and encourage the bigger producers to do the same.”
About Diamondback Acres
Bill and Angell Clark started their farm in 1991. The family later launched Chelan Beauty®, a farmer-owned company and brand name for their farm and store. Diamondback Acres believes that organic farming should come before popularity or profitability. The farm cultivates organic produce such as apples, cherries and blueberries.
For more Information on the compostable packaging visit www.tipa-corp.com
For more information: https://chelanbeauty.com/