We strive to do business in a more enlightened way, where we take responsibility for the impact of our business on society and the environment, aiming to move these impacts from negative to neutral or (better still) positive.
There are no black and white answers as to what is good and what is bad. It depends on where, when and how the food is produced, how it is transported, how much is wasted (either along the supply chain or in your own home).
What is very clear though is the need for some changes. After all, if everyone lived (and ate) as we do in the UK we would need three planets to support us. A bit of a problem when we only have one available. And the one that we have is not in the best of shape.
Our whole company is powered by a renewable electricity supplier. Whether that’s the lighting in our shops, power for our factory, to the computers and coffee machine at head office. It may cost a little more, but we think it is well worth it.
What have we achieved?
We now have 100% LED lighting on all our premises.
Last year we recycled 80 tonnes of cardboard.
Our site has a designated palm oil free page with over 200 products listed.
We aim to make our packaging as sustainable as possible. Obviously, we need to make sure that the packaging does the job it’s supposed to; after all, if trying to reduce environmental impacts means that the packaging no longer protects the product and we have to throw it out, then any benefit is lost.
We’ve realised that one of the best ways to do this is to measure the carbon impact of all of our packaging with the following criteria:
Material – Is the packaging made from biodegradable or recyclable material.
Size – Use as little material per pack. ‘More chocolate less packaging’.
What have we achieved?
We are delighted to say that all cartons are made from 100% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified card. Certification ensures that the paper comes from forests that meet high environmental standards, where forest workers are treated fairly, and the forestry company invests in ensuring the forest is there for the long term. If you want to read more about the great work of the FSC visit www.fsc-uk.org
Our Friars signature boxes are quite special taste wise, but now they are 100% recyclable and biodegradable as well. Both the FSC certified box and the tray the chocolates sit in are biodegradable and recyclable.
The ever popular chocolate tasters sit in a 100% recyclable and biodegradable tray which is then packed in a bag made from NatureFlex, which is an alternative to the traditional polypropylene bag and is made from wood pulp. If you want to read more about NatureFlex then visit https://www.natureflex.com/uk/
Historically we used plastic air pockets in our parcels, however, we have now swapped this for recyclable paper void fill so you won’t get any nasty plastic padding in any parcel that your receive from us. Just amazing chocolate!
With every decision we make as a company we have to have a consideration of the environmental implications. Starting with production, then to our ‘more chocolate less packaging’ ethos and finally the implications for the end consumer.
We are constantly working with our partners to communicate our goals on sustainability, allowing them to work alongside us to achieve them, with a goal of leaving the planet in a better shape than we found it.