In 2012, Back to the Roots is on pace to collect, divert & reuse 3.6 million lbs of coffee grounds from Peet's Coffee & Tea. We've also begun collecting the waste from Hodo Soy (spent tofo / okara waste); Linden Street Brewery (spent grains & hops) and Numi Tea (spent tea leaves)!
All this organic waste, when just dumped into the landfill decomposes to produce hundreds of thousands of tons of methane gas in our atmosphere, a greenhouse gas about 25x worse than carbon dioxide for our environment
Back to the Roots is constantly teaching "hands-on-sustainbility" workshops in classrooms across the country and hosting school tours for kids to visit our urban mushroom farm. We love seeing kids get excited about growing their own food - we want growing mushrooms through this kit to be such an exicting and inspirational experience that they forever are interested in food, how it grows, and questions where the rest of the food they eat is coming from!
Our 1-for-1 Facebook Campaign: Post a picture with your kit fully grown on our facebook page and we'll donate a kit & sustainability curriculum to an elementary classroom of your choice to support youth sustainability education! We've reached over 10,000 kids with this campaign!
Our Whole Foods 1 Kit, 1 Dollar Compaign: For every kit sold in Whole Foods nationwide, we are donating $1 to the Whole Kids Foundation to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle amongst kids.
Back to the Roots has helped create and sustain urban gardens in our community with our donations of the Premium Soil Amendment and mushroom kits. From local non-profit urban gardens, to school programs, to community spaces we believe in supporting the local & grow-it-at-home food movements with all we have!
CREATING LOCAL JOBS
Back to the Roots is committed to creating jobs where they matter most – right here in our city centers. We're passionate about the local, urban farming model that we've implemented and believe a key part of that is hiring locally as well. So far, we've created 14 green-collar, urban jobs in Oakland and are excited to continue to build our team right from our community as we grow!