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Sustainability

Sustainability Statement

We consider the environmental consequences of all business decisions and strategies.
We pay close attention to waste, whether that be in materials or energy.
Our power is provided by a renewable energy company.
Our own packaging is, where possible, recycled and/or recyclable.
We are in regular contact with our suppliers to encourage them towards more sustainable choices.
Our vehicle is currently a small diesel van but we intend to replace this with an electric van at the earliest opportunity.
We recently received certification from Plastic Free Communities, a Surfers Against Sewage initiative, as an approved supplier.
We want to reduce the environmental impact of the products we sell so our list of organic, biodynamic and natural products is continuously expanding. We favour sustainably produced products wherever possible.

These aren’t just business decisions for us - this is the way we live our lives, and always have. 
We know many of our customers share our belief that sustainability should be central to every aspect of social and economic life.
We are fortunate to live and work in South Devon, truly an area of outstanding natural beauty and we'll play our small part in keeping it that way.

Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Products

Producing any product has an impact on the environment. Organic, biodynamic and natural producers are attempting to reduce the impact through a number of different strategies.

Certified Organic.

Certified Organic products are made from raw materials that are grown without the use of synthetic compounds, including insecticides, herbicides and fertilisers.

Most organic producers farm in such a way as to prevent problems occurring through good design, management and sustainable practices. 

They can still use some chemicals when necessary to help deal with problems with crops but there are strict controls on the types and quantities of chemicals they are allowed to use. 

Certification bodies such as The Soil Association, Ecocert and BioGro require growers to undertake annual audits to ensure compliance with their rules.

The benefits of Certified Organic Products are:

  1. Sustainability.
    By working with nature and minimising impacts on the environment, organic producers are more sustainable.
  2. Human health.
    This is a controversial area, but many people believe that organically produced products are better for you than products sprayed with multiple synthetic compounds. 

Certified Biodynamic

"Biodynamic agriculture is a form of alternative agriculture very similar to organic farming, but it includes various esoteric concepts drawn from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Initially developed in 1924, it was the first of the organic agriculture movements. It treats soil fertility, plant growth, and livestock care as ecologically interrelated tasks emphasizing spiritual and mystical perspectives." Source: Wikipedia.