Category Archives: Sustainability and Climate Change

The World’s Fairest Chocolate

Art Deco Easter Eggs

The chocolate we use to make our Easter Eggs and Chocolates is sourced under a scheme known as Raisetrade from Madagascar and Colombia. With Raisetrade the chocolate is made in the country of origin. Compared to an export of farmed cash crops such as cacao beans it’s worth many times more for Madagascar and Colombia […]

Vegan Cashew Milc Chocolate and Sustainability in Madagascar

Cashew Trees in Madagascar

Our Vegan-milc chocolates have been incredibly successful since their launch last Easter, and we are increasing our range with a new Vegan-milc chocolate Caramel Crunch bar. So it seems timely to examine how Cashew-milc chocolate is made on Madagascar and the sustainability of Cashew nut production on the island. Back in 2005 the idea of […]

What is Glassine and how do you recycle it?

Plastic Free chocolate boxes with Glassine cups

This morning I had a lovely telephone conversation with a customer who had purchased a box of our Salted Caramels in her local plastic free shop – The Green Cupboard. She put two very good questions to me – What are the cups and cushion material made of – they feel like plastic – how […]

The Future Economy – Prosperity, Growth, and Planetary Boundaries

Spaceship Earth

Our own chocolate business has always been a small business, though it has varied in size over the years. Like many start-ups in our early days we had a plan that required business growth. Initially working from home our vision was to have three to five retail shops in five years supported by a central […]

We are Plastic Free!

Plastic Free Chocolate Boxes

Time for Celebration – all of our retail Packaging is now Plastic Free! We pledged we’d be Plastic Free by Christmas 2019 and we’ve done it! It’s been a huge effort, but we’re really proud of what we’ve achieved – not that we’re going to stop and rest on our laurels. A quick success summary!…. […]

Plastic Free Chocolate Boxes are here!

Vegan Salted Caramels

Hurrah! Our Plastic free chocolate boxes are here! A year in the making – I know we can’t quite believe it’s taken so long either – and our boxes are here and will start to ship to our customers. You’ll also see our photographs change, just as soon as we get chance to take them. […]

Plastic Free Packaging Update

Plastic Free Packaging

Earlier this year we pledged that all of our retail packaging will be #PlasticFree by Christmas 2019, and the good news is we’re very close to reaching that target. This week our new chocolate boxes went into production at our local Corsham carton maker. Perhaps surprisingly for what might be a simple looking box it’s […]

Southwest Environmental Sustainability Award 2019 Finalist

Taste of the West Finalists 2019

We are delighted to be named as a finalist for the inaugural South West Environmental Sustainability Award. This new award for Taste of the West 2019 reviews our business activities over the last three years and our approach to protecting the environment and using resources ethically. The award is assessed across five marks of environmental […]

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 […]