We use firewood that is sustainably harvested from our forests to fuel our maple evaporators. The vast majority of new evaporators, especially those for medium to large maple operations, use oil burners. While it would be nice to simply flip a switch to start the day’s production of Vermont maple syrup, it just doesn’t feel right. We’re doing our part to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. It’s a lot of work to fill the woodsheds, but the process satisfies on many levels.
Most Vermont maple syrup is sold in plastic jugs. Unfortunately, plastic can only be recycled once, or maybe twice. Glass is infinitely recyclable, meaning it can be used over and over again. The same goes for our metal caps. We admit that the maple industry does use a lot of plastic tubing, so we chose glass bottles to help limit one source of waste. Additionally, 100% of the packaging material for our bottles is cardboard which is completely recyclable. We don’t want to be a contributor to today’s world of plastic bubbles, packing peanuts, and throw-away envelopes. Please recycle.
We are proud to say that all of our shipments are carbon neutral. In 2019, Shopify merchants shipped so many packages that their delivery paths would circle the Earth 25 million times. Wow! That’s a massive carbon footprint. Imagine what 2020 was like.
We use Shopify's Planet app and the carbon offset credits for shipping your Vermont maple syrup are currently funding various companies that are focused on carbon sequestration. There are some very cool projects in the works and we are glad to be doing our part. Our contribution is relatively tiny, but a lot of little efforts can have a meaningful impact on the world.