Category Archives: Sustainability and Climate Change

Climate Change Panel 2050 Performance target achieved today!

Air Sourced Heat Pump

Today we installed a super-efficient air source heat pump to cool our production area. We now only use air-source heat pumps for all of our cooling, powered from 100% renewable energy. In short, we have met the UK Government Climate Change Panel May 2019 technical report recommendations for 2050 – thirty years ahead! It is […]

How to Recycle our Home Compostable bags – Plants v Plastic

Garden Recycling

How to Recycle our Home Compostable Bags – Summary If you receive your chocolates in a clear bag with a ‘Home compostable’ sticker here’s the short summary of how to recycle it :- Your bag can be put in your home Compost heap and will degrade and completely disappear in a few weeks. Many local […]

UN Sustainability Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy

Affordable and Clean Energy

UN Sustainability Goal 7 highlights two important percentages…. 60% – “Energy is the main contributor to climate change, it produces around 60 percent of greenhouse gases.” 14% – “More efficient energy standards could reduce building and industry electricity consumption by 14 percent.” We’ve used 100% Renewable energy from local supplier Good Energy for the last […]

Introducing our new minimally packaged ‘Unwrapped’ range

Elderflower

Our new Unwrapped (TM) range is for customers who want to enjoy our chocolates without gift packaging. It presents our finest award winning fresh cream ganaches in minimally packaged plastic free packaging. It is a complementary offering to our chocolate boxes which are also evolving over the summer to be plastic free.  

Climate Change – UN Sustainability Goal 13

UN Sustainability Goal 13 - Climate Action

“[The unchecked burning of fossil fuels] would have a sort of greenhouse effect”, and “The net result is the greenhouse becomes a sort of hot-house.” Alexander Graham Bell, 1917 Bell went on to also advocate the use of alternate energy sources, such as solar energy. Climate change is really the trigger that got me personally […]

UN Sustainability Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption – Water

Un Sustainability Goal 12

I have to admit it’s not often that i’m pleased when the water bill drops through the door. However today was an exception, for with a few not overly complicated changes to our workplace we managed to reduce our water consumption to just 37% compared with the same period a year ago (despite slightly increased […]

Impact Founders – Fast Forward 2030 – University College London

Impact Founders Fast Forward 2030 University College London

Earlier this we were invited to join the Impact Founders group, a network of small organisations working towards a big change through the United Nations 2030 Sustainability goals. Fast Forward 2030 (1) was launched in 2015 by Professor Dame Henrietta Moore, Director of University College London’s Institute for Global Prosperity, and Arthur Kay, Chief Executive […]

Should we put a price on ecosystems? – The REDD+ project Madagasacar

UN REDD+ Program Madagascar

Over the last two weeks i’ve been studying the concept of valuing ecosystems with the University of Exeter (1). It may seem something of a strange concept that we should try and assign a monetary value to an ecosystem, yet we spend money on flood defences, water filtration, preserving biodiversity in national parks, and even […]

Life Below Water Part 2 – Ocean Acidification and Warming

Ocean acidification is often referred to as the evil twin of Climate change. But what is it, why should we worry, and what can we do about it? Nature has a natural buffer for the excess hydrogen ions in terms of Carbonate buffering. Carbonate ions enter sea water through the natural weathering of rocks such […]

Life Below Water Part 1 – Plastic Pollution

Sustainable Development GoalsCover

United Nations Sustainability goal 14 looks at life below the water (1). The UN goals says… As much as 8 million tonnes of plastic is entering the oceans every year. That’s a rubbish truck a minute dumped into the ocean somewhere in the world. The micro-plastics overlap with the food prey of many marine animals, […]