Care for the environment is not a marketing fad for us. It started when the business began, nearly 20 years ago and long before in our previous lives.
It goes on today and every day.
RE-CYCLE, RE-USE, RE-PURPOSE
We re-cycle, re-use and re-purpose what we can.
• All cardboard is re-used or recycled.
• The botanicals from the gin distillation process are composted and put back into the soil
• Gin-soaked sloes are used in our Sloe Gin Truffles and Sloe Chutney, what aren’t used are composted
• Staff kitchen waste, from tea bags to apple cores, is composted here and all plastics and card is recycled.
• All waste glass is recycled
• We minimise printing and recycle paper used in the office
All our consumables are biodegradable:
Sample cups are made from biodegradable plant starch
We only use fully bio-degradable lined-paper or plant starch cups/glasses at pop-up bars.
We only use paper bags for bottle sales at shows and events. We sell reusable cotton tote bags
• The biggest energy usage at a distillery is the still itself. We use an energy-efficient iStill that has brought distilling into the 21st century. The iStill uses up to 10x less energy than a traditional copper still.
• Most distilleries are hot with wasted energy “leaking” from the still. The iStill’s design, insulation and computer controls means our distillery is always literally (& metaphorically) cool.
• The business began when we stopped cutting hedges annually to help wildlife. We then began to find lots of sloes all over the farm’s hedges and the idea for the business began.
• As sloes can only grow on wildlife-friendly hedges, by buying more sloes we get more wildlife-friendly hedges!
• We have planted flower-rich micro meadows wherever we can around our buildings to help bees and butterflies
• Founder Joff Curtoys works closely with Richard Hudson, who manages Green Farm, to help create wildlife habitats; from wildflower margins, wild bird feed crops, to ponds and woodland.
Green Farm is alive with wildlife!