We are constantly on the lookout for environmentally friendly packaging. We use Biopak at www.biopak.com because they sell a clam-shell made from sugar-cane pulp (a waste by-product of the sugar-refining industry) and the cups have a bio-plastic lid and lining made from plants and not oil. The Deluxe and Family tea boxes are from www.purpleplanetsupplies.co.uk with vegetable see-through tops and compostable cardboard. Our compostable napkins are from Bookers eco range and the wooden cutlery and the wood is from FSC approved manufacturers. Our aim is to leave each event with less than one bag of land-fill waste. Ideally, we want to be able to compost all used packaging and left over food apart from milk-products. We reuse the tiny jars for jam and give these to Jam-Packed Preserves to refill or reuse them for our own jams. These are cleaned at high temperatures prior to being refilled to ensure that there is no cross-contamination.
We are committed to buying Surrey-made ingredients wherever possible. We love to get to know the owners and find out about where the food is produced. So far, we have managed to source our jams from Jam Packed Preserves at www.jampackedpreserves.co.uk and our clotted cream is handmade by Libby's Larder at www.libbyslarder.com. This has significantly reduced our carbon footprint. We have found a brilliant small business, www.Tealiciousltd.co.uk, for ordering our tea leaves. They source the tea leaves ethically by getting to know the farmers and they deliver the tea leaves in plastic-free packaging. We found this company through www.bareandfair.co who sell and promote ethical, environmentally-friendly and plastic-free goods. Finally, we are on the look out for for locally produced cheese and milk for our tea boxes. We get our milk from Milk and More in glass bottles but, so far, have not managed to find plastic-free cheese.
We always encourage our customers to bring their own containers and drinking cups to further reduce the need for single-use packaging. We have a glass container of water available at all our events for customers to refill their bottles because we do not sell plastic water bottles.