"If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to far, go together"
And so began our journey, two years ago, to design waste out of our operation.
We haven’t shared very much about our journey; probably because we were so absorbed by the enormity of our self imposed challenge. That, and the ABC told all of Australia we were on target to achieve our goal by the end of last year.
We would love to say we were plowing through changing our business one waste stream at a time, and there definitely were moments when we were, but in reality, we spent most of our time figuring out how to be a good team amongst a lot of uncertainty.
"What waste stream do we tackle first?"
"Who has the capacity to research it further?"
"If we can’t find a way to get grains without packaging, do we set up a wholesale arm?"
"If we switch to that ingredient, is it off brand?"
"If it can be recycled surely that’s not waste?"
When we decided to tackle waste in 2017, there was a commitment we made to ourselves - when we get to zero, we will be shouting it from the rooftops to help other businesses get there too. A very naïve and idealised aspiration to say the least.
We don’t have a fool proof roadmap of how to get there – every business is different. So if there’s one thing the African proverb above taught us – sharing our journey is the most valuable tool we can offer and the best route towards real sustainable change.
We look forward to sharing what we went through. The highs and the lows. The achievable and the unachievable. Even the hilarious hiccups that kept us going.
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