Getting closer to our coconuts…
Our founders Ben, Tamara (and 4 kids!) have been in the Philippines getting closer to our coconuts and sustainability story. Read on for Tamara’s blog post on her travels. Enjoy Rebels!
Sustainability is fast becoming if not already one of those buzz words that everyone either wants to be a part of or at least wear the T Shirt. Thank fuck for that. It’s about time! It’s funny because you’d have thought that enough years, documentaries with famous actors, and charity projects have gone by for humankind to realise that if we don’t change the way we operate in this beautiful planet of finite space and resource, our time on this Earth will be numbered.
It doesn’t have to be. We CAN live in beautiful harmony with the world around us – where we live in abundance and understand that we are all connected. My generation and those that follow have the choice to make that path a reality. Some of us may already be on that path, but for others, let it start NOW. This word, sustainability, is spreading like wild fire and long may it continue.
We set up the business to be a part of the solution in creating this more balanced, sustainable world. Getting closer to the farmers that grow our ingredients to understand how we can support them in a fairer system is a huge part of that and so I’m writing this blog to you from the beautiful country of the Philippines, where our supply of coconut water and meat for our yogurts come from.
We just spent the day with one of the farmers that supplies us. Reynate and his wife Analyn were so incredibly kind and welcoming to us, first feeding us in their house the veggies that they grow along with the Filipino staple, rice. We then trekked to one of their plots of land to see how the coconuts are harvested.
The amount of love and energy put into carefully harvesting these coconuts was inspiring. All hand checked in the tree to make sure only the ready ones are picked, they gently lower the coconuts by rope to prevent damaging them. The farmer employs around 20 men to climb and harvest – where jobs in the countryside are scarce. Since going organic, this farmer has seen a price increase for the nuts he harvests. Another local farmer who also grows our coconuts has intercropping in full force. This is where the land isn’t just used for one crop but several are woven into the land. This helps with preventing soil degradation, increases biodiversity, can help with pest management and also supports the farmers to have a variety of crops to go to market with, hedging the risk of only growing one crop. Although we have a long way to go on improving all the aspects that pertain to sustainability, we are excited to be on the ladder. Every ingredient has an impact on the planet, but we food manufacturers must be part of the solution to getting the system working more fairly and healthily for both people and planet.
Love and Coconuts,
Tamara and family XX