It’s British Food Fortnight – an annual celebration of food grown and produced here in Great Britain. Eating sustainably can be a minefield, so to help, we have put together a list of some of the environmentally responsible British producers we work with. Helping you tuck into your favourite foods in a way that is kind to the planet.
Mmmm, chutney. Committed to giving back more than they take, Tracklements hand make over 50 condiments in small batches in their solar powered factory. They treat all their wastewater on site as well, to try to reduce how much water they use.
Don’t we all just love a good cuppa? Pukka Herbs aren’t just powered by 100% renewable electricity, companies in their supply chain are too.
Add in their principles of organic farming, fair trade and conservation, you get delicious tea that does right by people and planet.
Certified organic wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks from an ethical business based in the Berkshire countryside. And they’re powered by 100% renewable electricity. What’s not to like?
Dairy is often in the spotlight for contributing to carbon emissions. But as Wyke Farms are showing there are plenty of ways for farms to be greener.
Wyke Farms generate all of their energy on site from farm waste and solar panels – capturing gases like methane and turning it into renewable biogas. The result is award winning cheese and butter that is 100% green in terms of energy.
If you live in or near London, this one’s for you. Ethical grocer Farmdrop have an extensive sourcing policy, meaning that everything they sell is ultra fresh, sustainable, ethical, and more money goes into the hand of the producer too. They deliver it to you, for free, in an electric vehicle, seven days a week.
Good Things Brewing
Aiming to be the world’s first closed loop brewery, Good Things Brewing bore their own water, generate their own clean power, donate their spent brewers’ grain, treat their waste on site and deliver their beer in solar powered electric vans.
Salad and microgreens grown 33 meters underground in an old air raid shelter. Growing their produce using hydroponics and LED lights powered by renewables, Growing Underground are working towards carbon neutral certification. Find them at Waitrose, Ocado and Farmdrop.
Many of us have been enjoying a G&T or two over these trying months. Fever-Tree’s range of mixers are made with high quality, sustainably sourced ingredients, they support the fight against malaria, and their head office is powered by our 100% renewable electricity too.
While we don’t power ‘buying local’, this alone is a great way to cut your carbon footprint and support a network of small businesses. Whether it’s a farmshop, greengrocer or butcher, looking at what your local area has to offer is a simple way to reduce your environmental impact, get to know how and where produce is made, and put money into your community.
Farming and food manufacturing contribute heavily to climate change. But by researching, supporting environmentally conscious producers, and buying locally, you can be greener yourself and help sustainability become the norm.