Jim Funk’s Reasons for Going Green

You are what you eat; therefore you are what your food eats. When you order at a restaurant or pick up groceries at a store, do you request chemicals, antibiotics, antimicrobials, arsenic, feathers, hair, skin, hooves, blood, manure or plastic? If the meat you desire is raised on a factory farm, chances are this is what they have consumed, consequently it is likely what you are unintentionally requesting and ingesting. It has been reported that as many as 99% of farmed animals raised and slaughtered in the United States come from factory farms. At Despo’s, we absolutely feel it is our responsibility to serve natural meats in order to stand against factory farming, for your health and for the well being of our planet.  

What does Funk think about compostable containers made from PLA, a corn based "compostable” plastic?  Two points are disturbing and the reason Despo’s is still searching for an alternative to a corn-based product:
1.) Corn production utilizes huge amounts of land. To compensate producers constantly replant rather than rotate the crops. This requires use of fertilizers and nitrates that run off into our valuable water sources.      
2.) PLA is compostable only under certain conditions: 10 days at 140 degree F heat. There are very few dedicated PLA composting operations in existence, so realistically, most compostable plastic will wind up in our landfill where it will sit just as long as the other trash.

What is Despo’s doing to reduce water consumption and clean up what we send down the drain? So far.....

  • We bring water to the table only on request
  • We’ve changed the nozzles in our kitchen sinks to low flow
  • We use earth friendly soap that comes in recycled containers
  • We installed an Energy Star dishwasher that hits the temperature required to sanitize without the use of harsh and toxic chemicals, using less energy.
  • We installed ultra low flush toilets in our restrooms

This year over 25 billion single use plastic water bottles will be sold in the United States alone. 30 million single-serve non-returnable containers end up in landfills or as litter every day. Over 1.5 million barrels of oil were used to make the plastic bottles purchased in the United States last year.  And…. this figure does not include the petroleum it took to transport those bottles.Bottled water is not necessarily regulated so who knows what you are pouring into your system.According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, People spend from 240 to over 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than they typically do for tap water. If you drink 2 bottles a day for 300 days a year and you paid $1.00 for each bottle you would be paying $600 a year.  That same amount of tap water would cost an average of $3.00 ($5.00 if you installed a filter).

Bottom line- drinking bottled water does not make sense. Added to all the reasons above, by drinking bottled water you are padding the pockets of those corporations who have made you think you must buy something that you can get for free.
Modern agricultural practices, incorporating widespread use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, is relentlessly compromising our health and destroying our environment.  Sustainable natural and organic farming is the only option for our future. Despo’s is committed to making a change and we ask you to join our commitment. Reconsider the price of that fast food "deal”; is the short-term gratification of saving time and a few dollars worth the likelihood of compromising your health and the reality of contributing to the poisoning of our planet?