We care about the environment and always try our best to limit our footprint.
For instance, we only use British meat in our products: pork and beef from traditional British breeds, such as Yorkshire mangalitza and British wagyu, and lamb and goats, so that means we directly reduce the food mileage.
We work closely with our suppliers, and try to be a good customer for them by taking, as far as possible, the cuts such as leaf fat, jowls and sows, that aren't bought by their other customers and would otherwise go to waste or be sent overseas.
Historically, the aim of curing meat was to slow spoilage, so by design, our industry has been helping reduce wastage for centuries. In terms of reducing our carbon footprint, we have taken this even further.
We either sell offcuts to chefs at restaurants to use for stews or soup bases or croquettes, or whatever takes their fancy. Anything left is sold via the TooGoodToGo App.
And because we control the production process, virtually nothing goes out-of-date, so our food waste is really very, very minimal.
In terms of packaging, we send out Wholesale orders to the restaurants, pubs, bars and delis in recyclable paper bags and cardboard boxes, and tape up with paper-based parcel tape. We use Woolcool for insulation of the boxes to keep them cold. This can be reused and is biodegradable. And we use Sorbafreeze gels packs, which have the lowest carbon footprint and can also be reused.
In addition, we use Absolutely Couriers, who operate in London with their cargo bike delivery service, wherever this is possible in terms of proximity. For UK-wide deliveries, we use DPD, who we believe are one of the most progressive courier companies in the UK.
Our online orders are fulfilled in cardboard boxes, and the DPD bags we use are fully recyclable.We are already looking into better and compostable product packing, but at this stage we haven't found a product that adversely affects our shrinkage (which would outweigh the benefits of packaging waste). We are always actively looking at better ways of reducing plastic waste, reducing our energy needs, and acting sensibly for our planet.