Stonemill Bakehouse invites industry to go green



    First Toronto bakery to switch to renewable energy also seeks to cut
    emissions footprint through increased local sourcing opportunities

    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Stonemill Bakehouse, Canada's leading health and
wellness bakery, today presented eight climate change solutions in its goal to
become a carbon neutral operation. In addition to the bakery's switch to
100 per cent renewable energy - making it Toronto's first bakery to switch to
green power - Stonemill is putting out a call to Ontario farmers to
participate in partnership opportunities to increase its sources for locally
grown ingredients.
    "Our commitment to developing healthy and delicious breads made with
ingredients you can actually pronounce includes our environmental
responsibility in the baking of these breads," says Stonemill president,
Gottfried Boehringer. "We strive for excellence in all that we do and we are
actively seeking cooperation and partnerships with like-minded Ontario
farmers, to help bring us closer to becoming a carbon neutral operation."
    The company's "green" program began as early as last year when Stonemill
commissioned an environmental impact study to identify and prioritize green
initiatives that would have the greatest impact to reduce its carbon
footprint. The study identified eight climate change solutions that have been
adopted as the bakery's foundation for operating a sustainable and
environmentally responsible business.
    One solution was Stonemill's conversion to 100 per cent clean, renewable
electricity. The bakery, located in Scarborough, will source 100 per cent
green electricity generated by low-impact hydroelectric and wind energy,
reducing its CO2 emissions footprint by almost 1,000 tonnes annually. The
bakery produces 40,000 loaves daily and also has a retail location at the
St. Lawrence Market.
    A further solution is Stonemill's active efforts to seek out partnerships
with Ontario farmers to source locally grown ingredients and to grow grain
according to its specifications, encouraging low-impact and transitional
farming that will reduce run-off of chemical residue into watersheds.
    Stonemill's other green initiatives that have been, or are currently
being implemented by the bakery include the following:

    
    -   Sourcing all raw ingredients from Ontario, whenever possible

    -   Reducing electrical consumption. Prior to moving to renewable energy
        Stonemill already reduced its electrical consumption by 12 per cent
        in 2007 through a refitting of electrical fixtures and a company-wide
        commitment to responsible usage of power

    -   Reducing water usage. Through further retrofits to machinery and
        low-flow restroom fixtures the company plans to reduce waste water
        generation by 25 per cent

    -   Use of phosphate-free cleaners only to limit chemical contamination
        in waste water

    -   In-house recycling. Aggressively supporting and encouraging the
        recycling of all appropriate materials among all staff

    -   Sourcing organic product as often as possible, based on market
        conditions and ingredient availability
    

    "Our environmental road map is the natural extension of Stonemill's core
values of 'healthy breads for our body, soul and planet'," says Boehringer. "I
invite the rest of the baking industry to follow suit. Collectively we can
make a substantial and positive environmental impact by reducing environmental
waste and conserving non-renewable resources."

    About Stonemill Bakehouse

    Stonemill Bakehouse is a family bakery with 100 years of experience
crafting healthy and great tasting artisan breads. They are the whole grain
experts. As artisan bakers, they bake their bread fresh every day, using
authentic, traditional bread recipes and techniques. As a result, their bakery
has evolved into Canada's leading healthy bread specialist, with over 15
different types of whole grain breads made from all natural and organic
ingredients.
    Stonemill's breads are free of added sugar and fats, chemical
preservatives and additives, dairy and eggs and are made with only all natural
ingredients.


    
                     Stonemill's Environmental Road Map
                         People, Planet, Prosperity
    

    People, planet and prosperity are the inspiration behind Stonemill's
commitment to becoming a carbon neutral establishment. The company's "green"
journey started in 2007 when it commissioned an environmental impact study to
identify and prioritize green initiatives that would have the greatest impact
to reduce their carbon footprint. The study identified eight climate change
solutions that will act as their foundation for operating a sustainable and
environmentally responsible business.

    The eight climate change solutions identified included:

    1. Reduce electrical consumption: Over the past year Stonemill reduced
    their electrical consumption by 12 per cent. This was achieved by
    retrofitting the entire bakery with high efficient low voltage T5 light
    fixtures, light and motion sensors in all common areas, installation of
    timers on equipment to shut down at the end of each cycle to avoid any
    unnecessary power consumption, shutting off all machines when not in use,
    shutting off all non-essential computer equipment every evening, reducing
    the amount of light bulbs in all office light fixtures by 50 per cent,
    and the installation of capacitor banks to improve efficiency of
    electricity supplied.

    2. Reducing water usage: Stonemill is in the process of implementing a
    water conservation plan. The goal is to reduce the overall waste water
    generation by up to 25 per cent. This will be achieved by retrofitting
    machinery to reduce water usage and through the installation of low-flow
    toilets and low-flow, hands-free water taps.

    3. Phosphate free cleaners: Stonemill's cleaning products are all
    phosphate free.

    4. Recycle: Recycling bins are visible throughout the bakery, ensuring
    every scrap of cardboard, paper and plastic is properly recycled.

    5. Emissions-free electricity: Effective June 2008, Stonemill will source
    clean, emissions-free power generated locally in Ontario from
    EcoLogo(M)-certified wind and low-impact hydro generators, reducing
    Stonemill's electricity-related CO2 emissions footprint by almost
    1,000 tonnes.

    6. Local ingredients: Whenever possible, Stonemill sources all raw
    ingredients from growers in Ontario.

    7. Alternative farming & all natural ingredients: Stonemill is actively
    seeking partnerships with Ontario farmers to grow grain according to
    Stonemill specification through low impact and transitional farming.

    8. Organic Grains for cleaner water: Replacing conventional ingredients
    with premium-priced organic ingredients, contributes to a reduced use of
    fertilizers and pesticides, thus reducing chemical run-off into our
    watersheds.


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