Green Efforts + Philanthropy
At Pure Joy we are strongly committed giving back to the local community and protecting the environment. We currently recycle or compost 96% of our trash here and were awarded a Green Star from the City. (Recent article). We are also a Santa Barbara Farmer's Market Certified Farm Friendly Dining provider by sourcing much of our food locally.
The Pure Joy Team has begun composting on location at every event we do!!!! HOW COOL IS THAT?!! Now all those compostables are actually getting composted. I know its sounds petty but we go through billions of bamboo items, paper cocktail napkins and compostable products on location and none of the locations compost so now with recycling too we have a very low impact even on a large event. Composting is ridiculously fun too, NOT KIDDING!
Every week begins at Farmer's Market. We use seasonal handpicked ingredients, and whenever possible, we make it a point to source them through purveyors who offer organic, local, and sustainably farmed foods. Our menus and decor florals are seasonal and local too. All the lighting is our building was upgraded to to be highly energy efficient. Staff carpooling is encouraged for each event we do. We filter our own water for the offices to eliminate the use of plastic water bottles, we do not use them on location either. While on location we offer compostable alternatives. We do not use throw-away food pans and recycling is practiced in our offices, kitchen and on location. Communication is done electronically to keep paper waste to a minimum, and we've added ecofont to a large portion of our material to cut ink use by 20%. All of our green waste goes to feed Eggie, Louie and Missy; three giant Sulcata turtles that weigh about 100 pounds each!
To best process your event waste we encourage the partnership of Thomas at the Green Project Consultants as most venues do not offer composting yet.
Santa Barbara County energy grids are some of the best in the country and now run with 17% renewable resources. Our new location is very energy efficient and was built using many new green and renewable alternative products, a wonderful new green insulating product, bamboo and as much recycled wood as possible.
Every year we do many philanthropic events. We're proud to say we have increased our set budget for donations to non profit events every year. Here are a few of our favorites; The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network, Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute, The Environmental Defense Center, and Domestic Violence Solutions