At Torrey Holistics, we are constantly working to preserve and protect the environment. That’s why we have made sustainability a priority, both within our business practices and our community. In order to avoid falling prey to greenwashing, we promise to be as transparent as possible in our efforts, and we hope that our valued customers will hold us accountable.
Here are some of the things that Torrey Holistics has done to show that we practice what we preach:
- Monthly neighborhood cleanups
- Beach cleanups/Coastal Cleanup Day
- Green Team
- SD Green Business Network
- Waste audit week
- Recycling program
- Supporting local non-profits (Hearts for SD/$1 for the Ocean)
- Coming soon – reusable exit bags!
There are many challenges that cannabis companies face when it comes to sustainability, which is why we love and value brands that go the extra mile to adopt environmentally-friendly solutions in this burgeoning industry. We hope that you will share our appreciation and support these forward-thinking brands.
We work with a cacao supplier who is over 100 years old and known for their commitment to responsible, sustainable sourcing throughout their supply chain, as well as their uncompromising standards. Illegal practices such as child labor and unsafe working conditions are 100% not tolerated.
Our suppliers are founding members of such trade organizations as the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), which supports foundations like the African Cocoa Initiative, Cocoa Livelihoods Program, and Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Education Solutions (ECHOES). They actively work to eliminate child labor in the chocolate industry through the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), an organization that promotes child protection in cocoa-growing communities. They also work closely with governments to advance better agriculture practices, policy, cocoa breeding, and labor conditions in cacao-producing countries. Their practices are verified through stringent third-party certifications such as Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade USA, and SQF Level 2.
Canndescent was the first cannabis brand in California to initiate a commercial-scale indoor production facility powered with renewable solar energy. Their 282.6 kilowatt system uses 734 solar modules on seven different carport structures to energize operations such as irrigation, security, artificial lighting, air conditioning, ventilation, and dehumidification. Canndescent’s solar project reduces annual atmospheric carbon emissions by 365 metric tons (per NREL and EPA estimates) and currently produces enough power to charge an estimated 20% of US smartphones for a day.
The cannabis industry has a plastic problem, and we are actively trying to fix it. We have woven sustainability into our core from the beginning, but at the start of 2020 we realized that we needed to take more immediate action. We vowed to try to be plastic free by the end of the year and started taking more steps to be as sustainable as we could, tracking our steps from sourcing to distributing. We believe environmental justice is social justice.
Here’s an update on our progress:
♻️ We’ve redesigned all of our packaging to be smaller and create less waste.
♻️ Our newest boxes are made from 100% post consumer recycled materials and are FSC certified.
♻️ We’ve re-evaluated our operations and production to cut down on our carbon footprint as much as we can. Waste minimization is an essential aspect of our processing method.
♻️ We’ve always (and will continue) to only source sun-grown cannabis because the sun is a sustainable energy source and has a much lower carbon footprint.
♻️ We have grown our list of Sun & Earth certified farms, organic farms, and regenerative farms. Yay Mother Earth!
♻️We recently became a member of OSC2 (One Step Closer/Organic Sustainable Community) – which is working toward a regenerative global economy and are committed to working with Sun & Earth certified farms.