It’s how we live our life, here in BC. When we live among the unspoiled beauty and majesty that is our home, it’s important to tread lightly on this place. Organic agriculture is among the most sustainable farming practices in the world. A Bread Affair supports the Organic Farmers and the rural communities here in BC. We’ve been active in supporting the Agricultural Land Reserve and know the relationship between farms and farmers, and our food.
None of our breads (or other bakery products) end their life in the landfill. Some of our fresh leftovers are given to those in need through Quest Food Exchange, a local not-for-profit organization that offers accessibility to a variety of affordable and healthy foods for low income and marginalized individuals. Quest is only one of the many charities that receive our bread.
Products that are at the end of their shelf life and that can be reprocessed into breadcrumbs, croustini’s or croutons, are given new life. Finally, any remaining products are used to feed livestock. All our products are certified organic, pure grain products and are a valuable source of animal feed for our farm partners. In exchange, much of the eggs, and cheeses that we use in the bakery are from our farms that use our end of life products for animal feed. We believe it’s a healthy circle of life that makes for a dramatically more sustainable world.
Our packaging is fully compostable and recyclable. We consulted with the City of Vancouver engineering at the design stage to ensure that we could contribute to the solution to growing landfills, rather than be part of the problem.
Our delivery fleet is powered by lower polluting natural gas. We emit less than half the greenhouse gases compared with gasoline or diesel powered delivery vehicles. We will be soon adding bicycle-powered delivery in some core areas of Vancouver as well. We will keep you updated on our process.
Our bakery has been reviewed by BC Hydro’s PowerSmart Program and we have incorporated many of their suggestions into our operations. From high efficiency lighting to better venting, we continue to make progress to a more sustainable future for our children and the generations to come. Like you, we certainly have more that we’ll be doing in the future, but every loaf of A Bread Affair breads embodies our collective desire to keep BC green.