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FAQ

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Being carbon negative means that a company removes more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits each year. We have gone far beyond this commitment, removing two timesour total annual carbon emissions.  With every purchase of Epoch Iceberg Ice you are directly supporting important CO2 reduction projects. 

From day one, our goal has been to have maximum positive impact on the environment. By drawing awareness to the climate crisis and carbon economy, and by directly supporting the net removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, Epoch is a leading voice for change in the business community. 

We do not carry any independent third party certification because it is not in line with our goal of having maximum positive impact on the environment. Gaining third party certification is expensive, and much of the money spent goes into annual admin fees and buying over-priced carbon credits that increase bottom line earnings of the for-profit carbon certification companies. 

These same quality carbon credits can be purchased for far less on the open market, so we maximize our impact on the environment by using 100% of our carbon budget to directly fund the purchase of high quality carbon credits from accredited projects. We offer complete transparency of our carbon offsetting program by publishing our annual 'carbon audit' and annual 'carbon credit purchases' on our website. 

To view our carbon audits, please click here. 

If you have a suggestion for improving our audit, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at climate@epoch-ice.com

PRODUCT

Exceptionally Pure: Our 12,000 year-old iceberg ice comes from an era that predates pollutants, and is naturally free of common tap water contaminants and additives such as chlorine and fluoride.

Ever-Frozen: Each summer we harvest our iceberg ice and preserve its frozen state until it reaches your glass. We guarantee that our ice products have never been melted or refrozen.

Enduring Lifespan: We hand carve our iceberg products into long-lasting shapes that suit a range of beverages and provide the slowest dilution of your drink. 

Exquisite Beauty: Each piece of iceberg ice is entirely unique, just like the individual snowflakes that have formed it over millennia. 

Iceberg ice is composed of perhaps the purest and most pristine water on Earth and is completely safe to drink.

We follow the guidelines of the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Our hazard analysis and preventive control measures are part of an internationally utilized approach to prevent or mitigate hazards associated with food products. They are based on the Codex Alimentarius Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) process.
 
These procedures and others are required by our provincial, federal, and international licensing agencies with whom we are in good standing.
 
Hazard analysis is a five-part process the first of which identifies potential food safety hazards (biological, chemical and physical).
 
While iceberg ice is among the purest and cleanest water on Earth, our responsibility under Canada’s food and drug regulations for pre-packaged water and ice (Division 12) is to test for the presence of microbial pathogens. We are required to preform this analysis by way of the Canadian Official Method MFO-15 for aerobic colony counts. This process requires pour plating with plate count agar (PCA) tempered to 40–45°C and incubating 48 h at 35°C by a licensed laboratory. We conduct this raw material analysis on a batch basis, ensuring every piece of iceberg ice is 100% safe.
 
Additionally, as part of our preventative control plan our facility uses Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) as a sterilization technique on every piece of ice we cut. Ultra violet wavelength light kills or inactivates microorganisms, including coliform bacteria. 

By these means we provide our customers the purest drinking ice on Earth.

Business

Epoch's founders all proudly hail from Newfoundland, Canada, and share a profound appreciation for the nature and culture of their native island. Through Epoch Iceberg Ice, they have created an environmentally-responsible enterprise that allows them to extend for the first time their local tradition to the rest of the world. 

Epoch Iceberg Ice is harvested off the shores of the Great North Peninsula in Newfoundland, Canada. 

For more facts about iceberg ice visit the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador's FAQ here: https://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/trip-ideas/travel-stories/iceberg-facts