Harvey’s sustainability initiatives

You may be wondering why I’m talking about a fast-food place, and it’s quite important because they have a significant impact on our beef production and their packaging has an issue on our environment. Yes, I’m aware that Harvey’s isn’t as well-known as McDonald’s, but it still has an important impact just like every other fast-food place. The reason I’m going to be talking about Harvey’s today is because they’ve started sustainability initiatives, and I will be going more in depth about those initiatives as we go along. 

Harvey’s has embarked on two key initiatives to « Help Keep Canada A Beautiful Thing for generations to come. », and those two initiatives are as follows. The first one being Beef Sustainability and the second one being Sustainable Packaging. 

Beef sustainability

Let’s first get started with Beef Sustainability. They understand that despite having less than 500 locations across Canada, that they need to be careful when it comes to beef production. That is why they only source 100% Canadian Beef, and they want to keep that supply of 100% Beef for their customers. So, how are they able to do such a thing? Well, they’ve partnered up with the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). With this partnership, Harvey’s is supporting sustainable practices by sourcing at least 30% of its Original Burger beef from farms and ranches certified to CRSB standards. 

Sustainable packaging

Now onto the sustainable packaging initiative. Once again, they do understand that they have an important role to play to help keep the environment clean. That is why they’ve started renovating all the packaging in their restaurants. Guest-facing packaging is now transitioning to items that are made with or contain recycled material and are either recyclable or compostable to the highest degree possible. 

Here are a few of those renewed packaging: 

  1. They’ve removed plastic straws from all their locations and replaced them with eco-friendly paper straws. 
  1. All their Fries, Onion Rings, and Frings containers are made with 100% recycled paper and are compostable and recyclable. 
  1. Their take-out bags, burger wrappers, and poutine containers contain 50-100% recycled paper and are compostable and recyclable. 
  1. They are also moving to feature cutlery made with 100% post-consumer recycled plastic and gravy cups made with bamboo. 

These initiatives are extremely important for many reasons. Beef sustainability not only gives us high-quality, nutritious beef products, but it is also done in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Same with sustainable packaging, it not only reduces our ecological footprint but also partakes in the circular economy. There are multiple advantages to these initiatives, and I believe that every fast-food place should embark on this journey as well.  


CRSB Driving Sustainability Within the Canadian Beef Industry



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