*sox-two 35 under 35 changemaker of 2018 - zero waste category
Having lived in Italy and Chile, it’s fair to say that Sascha Dhanjal has a good understanding of food quality. Now, she’s showing the world that keeping a sustainable business ethos doesn’t mean compromising on quality...
Having lived in Italy and Chile, it’s fair to say that Sascha Dhanjal has a good understanding of food quality. Now, she’s showing the world that by keeping a sustainable business ethos doesn’t mean compromising on taste or flavour.
As the owner of Saffi Foods, Sascha supplies her oils and vinegars to restaurants. Unsatisfied with where her business was at, she decided she wanted to target home cooks. She began partnering with local grocery stores in her hometown of Chicago to offer her products in bulk.
Her vision was simple; customers who didn’t want pre-packaged produce could use their own jars and fill them up with her sustainably sourced olive oils and vinegars.
Zero-waste principles are embedded into Sascha’s business model at every level. She founded the company on three things: quality, traceability and sustainability. She emphasizes that even if a product comes in your own container, it can still be of the highest quality and taste. By improving the image of bulk foods, she set a new standard and showed customers that having sustainable products shouldn’t mean compromising on quality.
Saffi foods products are undiluted, unpasteurized and haven’t been added to in any way, shape or form. If that wasn’t awesome enough for you, they’re also raw and non-GMO organic whenever possible.
Saffi Foods has a farm to plate ethos, in which they believe that everyone deserves the right to trace everything they put in their body back to the source. They achieve this by working directly with their farms and advocate transparency when it comes to food sourcing.
From partners to the packaging, Saffi Foods does everything it can to reduce any negative impact on the earth, all the while showing people you can still have premium, ‘grammable products to deck out your kitchen with. With this in mind, it’s little surprise Sascha is taking her place on our list of 35 under 35 changemakers for 2018, as nominated by zero waste judge, Celia Ristow. Sascha, you’re a zero waste inspiration to us all…
To learn more about the six-two 35 under 35 changemakers of 2018 initiative, and to see who else made our list, head here.