Concerned about your impact on the environment? Embrace homemade!
If you already recycle, compost, bring your own bags to the store, and always carry a refillable water bottle, here's one more environmentally friendly idea for you: make your own donuts, or cakes, or whatever!
How is that an eco-friendly choice, you ask? Every time you choose to bake at home instead of visiting your local bakery, you are helping to mitigate two environmental issues that plague the commercial food industry, single use plastic waste and food waste.
It's a sad reality but there is simply a lot of waste produced in most retail food establishments. As required by the health department, a fresh pair of single use gloves must be used for every production task. The vast majority of food establishments purchase standard single use plastic gloves meaning that over the course of the day in a bakery, hundreds of plastic gloves are tossed into the garbage. In addition to plastic gloves, single use plastic piping bags, plastic wrap, and plastic bags are also used in abundance.
Food waste is another big problem. Food establishments like bakeries and donut shops utilize historical sales data to figure out how much product they should prep for or make on a given day but it's a moving target that's hard to dial in. As such, overproduction is common. Over produced food with a short shelf life (like donuts and breakfast pastries) end up getting tossed at the end of the day. While we can hope that they are at least being composted, these over produced foods are still a strain on the environment by way of wasted ingredients, packaging, and energy usage.
So how can you help? When you choose to bake at home, whether from scratch or from a mix like ours, you eliminate the need for plastic gloves, piping bags, and all sorts of plastic waste. In your own kitchen, you control the quantity and if you happen to make a little too much, those extras become leftovers (yay!), not garbage. Embracing homemade is just one more way you can minimize your environmental footprint. Plus, who doesn't love homemade?!