16 Aug 2017 - South Australia's new thermal solar plant, to be ready by 2020 and able to provide for 5% of SA's energy needs. A brief overview.
31 July 2017 - An article reporting on a relationship between use of glyphosate and autism spectrum disorder increase. Here. In a related fashion - a study which suggests that eating organic foods (glyphosate is not allowed) reduces autistic symptoms. Here.
30 July 2017 - A short article on the giant battery that Elon Musk is building for South Australia. Here.
We do not sell take-away coffee in order to reduce what is going into land fill. We do however
- offer for sale (at lower than normal prices) KeepCups
- offer 50c off for any person who uses their own cup either in a takeaway situation or while sitting in the cafe area.
We seriously seriously try to keep our plastic usage to an absolute minimum. Anyone who has seen footage on the removal of plastic debris from the stomach of birds will understand why.
Origin, 100% renewable
Small oven and hot water system are gas.
Hearth Breads uses a wood oven. In appreciation for the wood, we support Trees for Life. Additionally, we have started to source our wood from Bren Lay, a man who has been sustainably growing and harvesting timber on his property for the past forty years.
Further information on the wood oven - The large amount of insulation and mass built into the oven enables one to use slightly less than one narrow wheelbarrow of wood per daily firing. And, this firing will maintain the necessary high oven temperatures for at least 3-5 loadings.
Waste - We try to keep as much as possible out of landfill - fully utilising the Recycling and Green Waste bins. Antd, we have recently started using Bio Bags - made by a South Australian company. Bio Bags (available online) comprises 98% waste corn and 2% cardoon (a weed). The starch is treated so that it becomes 'plasticised'. More information can be found on their website.
Water - Mains water is only used for washing up and cleaning. Spring water from Adelaide Hills is used for production of breads and other menu items. Spring water is also offered to customers in the eating area. For coffees and teas, fluoride, chlorine, and other chemicals are filtered out of mains water.
Cleaning Products - The sanitiser used is made from natural ingredients and there is a minimum usage of chemical products, with those used chosen to be environmentally friendly.