Beanfields uses as many recycled products as possible and we recycle in our office. All of our suppliers have similar programs. However, the biggest thing we do for the environment is using beans as our main ingredient! Here are a few tidbits from the sustainability story of beans:
As you can see from this chart (source – American Pulse Association), beans (also called pulses) are by far the most water-efficient source of protein available. And they are also far below the 110 gallons of water needed to grow a pound of corn (source – The Water Footprint Network).
Growing beans also uses far less fertilizer than other crops. Beans produce their own nitrogen, using sunlight to power the conversion of the nitrogen in the air into a form plants can use. As a result of these and other benefits, bean crop production lowers agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions. Beans require half the total energy inputs of other protein-producing crops! (source – American Pulse Association)
“At a time when feeding a ballooning global population without further damaging the environment is a priority, marketing beans has become an important environmental strategy.” —The Christian Science Monitor