It’s not often you get a letter in 2023. We thought this might be a good opportunity to enlighten you on these magic beans!
Let's start off with the fact that Lupins actually leave nature better than they found it. 🌍
They do this by a number of things. First, by fostering pollination: Lupins employ a combination of visual cues, colour, fragrance, and specialised flower structures to attract pollinators. This pollination process promotes the production of seeds and contributes to the survival and genetic diversity of their species. 🐝
They also play a valuable role in enriching the soil. One way they do this is by adding biomass, its roots are long (reaching 2m!), so when the plant is harvested, all that organic matter adds nutrients and feeds the soil inhabitants 🪱. They also fix atmospheric nitrogen, which not only benefits the Lupin plants themselves but also improves the soil quality, supporting the growth of other plants in the ecosystem! If that wasn’t enough, Lupins are strong, they resist plagues (virtually no pesticides are needed) and they need very little water to grow.
By incorporating Lupins into crop rotating systems, farmers improve biodiversity, their land and can sell other pulses. So Lupins don’t just leave the environment better than they found it, but they also provide an extra source of income to farmers. Now that is pretty cool. 😎
Do we have you on team Lupin yet? 🌱💜
Lots of Love,
The process of becoming a BCorp helps us keep focus every day on what is truly important to us at Tarwi.
It’s a big process that normally takes 2 years to be completed and involves a detailed assessment of our impact in 5 areas: Governance, Employees, Community, Customers, and the Environment.
Watch this space, we will share more as we go! 👀
We donate monthly to Fareshare and the Felix Project Organisation.
Their focus is on fighting hunger in the UK by feeding children, families, the homeless, the elderly, refugees, people on a low income, struggling with their mental health or with addiction, as well as domestic abuse survivors.
Sourcing our Lupins: some of our Lupins come from Western Australia - where Lupins thrive. Unfortunately local European production is still scarce so we are working on bridging the gap between farmers, academia, and the industry to foster it. This is gradual process that we are focusing on so that in the future 100% of our sourcing will be done locally.
The way we pack: Plastic is currently the best choice to maximize the quality of our products while protecting its shelf life, helping to prevent food waste. However, we are always looking for the best solution available: our doypacks use innovative technology that has 58% less carbon footprint than the industry average and our Lummus pots are 100% home recyclable. As always we’d love to hear if you have any ideas or suggestions on how to package our products better, we’re always looking for ways to improve.
How we ship our orders: All our packaging is recycled & recyclable.
We make sure our packaging is recyclable and has the minimum size and weight possible, to minimize our impact.
But we know that the rate of plastic recycling in the UK, per household, is less than 10% - a sad statistic, which is why we want to make sure you know exactly what to do with your empty products.
Here’s what to do with your empty cases of:
- Pot and lid: Rinse well with water and add to your plastic waste.
- Sleeve: Add to your paper recycling
- Take to your nearest recycling point, at large supermarkets
- Add straight to your plastic waste