We go to great lengths to ensure that we source our ingredients and packaging from people that care about doing the right thing as much as we do. We don’t compromise on our zero-waste ambition, using only compostable packaging. We support British producers wherever we can, which has the advantage of reducing air miles which can only be a good thing. We also look for smaller companies to work with, just like supporting independent shops on the high street.
Our food is sourced from workers’ cooperatives wherever possible. There have been times where this hasn’t been possible, for example when they don’t have something we need or when we only need a few things that come nowhere near the minimum order amount. In workers’ cooperatives everyone owns a share of the business so all employees as equals with a fair wage and responsibilities. A typical worker could be stacking shelves in the morning and making marketing decisions in the afternoon. What better form of motivation and development opportunities? Paying a fair wage yes increase prices and these prices are passed on to customers but we have done everything we can to keep costs down.
Our packaging comes from Vegware, a UK company specialising in compostable food ware products. We have found it hard to find food grade compostable packaging in the UK and so our packaging is limited to two sizes. We are hoping that in time compostable food packaging will become the main form of food packaging and it will be easier to source. If you know of any other suitable products please do get in touch and let us know. We are thirsty for more options!!
We have also found it hard to find compostable labels at a reasonable price so we use plain old paper instead. See, we will not compromise on what we believe in!