In line with it's responsibility of trying to produce a profit and earn a living for it's employees/directors, any modern business must also take careful consideration over it's environmental responsibilities, namely, understanding and caring for nature. The sole employee (and also Director) is Michael Duckworth, who last updated these policies on April 20th 2022.
Nutcessity Ltd. is committed to putting it's environmental responsibilities first, even if this has a negative effect on profit. Key areas of commitment are:
- To continue using paper labels, which are fully recyclable here in the UK.
- To continue using glass jars, which are fully (and infinitely) recyclable here in the UK.
- To use only British manufactured jars, steel lids and paper labels.
- To minimise product wastage by offering our wholesalers and retailers affordable prices on our products, without needing to over-order stock in seeking best prices.
- To minimise product wastage by constantly looking at ways to increase product shelf-life, meaning, in turn, reduced wastage on unsold stock.
- To re-use, as much as possible, the cardboard case-boxes that hold 6-jars of product together, for sending out to wholesalers and retailers. Currently I take back in the region of 1,200-1,500 of these boxes annually to my co-packer to re-use, but I need to do more in asking my retail partners and wholesaler partners to do the same, if deemed feasible.
- To use only paper-based packaging when sending stock to retailers, allowing them to recycle or re-use these materials. The same goes to D2C (direct-to-consumer) website & Amazon Prime sales.
- To pack all jars for D2C orders with used (clean) newspaper (which I currently get from the local post office if they have any left, and my Grandparents, avid newspaper subscribers!), securely and safely, reducing the business' dependency on buying 'filler' material like bubble-wrap, nuggets or brown paper wrap. FSC-certified boxes are used as the outer-packaging, bought from either Kite Packaging or Boxes & Packaging in Bristol. Boxes with as low a weight as possible to securely contain the item(s) inside should be picked and used for each order.
- To only use 100% natural, GMO-free and organic certified ingredients in our production - this goes for salt too, for which the brand we currently use is not organic certified; but we are looking at alternates and the switch will be made at some stage in 2022.
- To minimise our impact on road-traffic congestion and the fuel crises by limiting our time spent on the road to necessary journeys, for example, an in-store sampling activity within the local area or a key visit to our manufacturing partner. That is to say, a zoom meeting should be argued for, over, for example, an in-person meeting in Glasgow.
- Any vehicle purchased for business use should be electric. The director's current car is a petrol Honda, which has, he would say, a maximum of 2 years of life left.
- To promote recycling on-pack on our jars, and when speaking to customers at events and trade shows.
- To collect our own waste at shows and events, and bring these home to be commercially recycled or disposed of.
- Sampling activities should be conducted with recyclable wooden sticks that are easy to use. It is the director's opinion that a customer should use these sticks with the objective of finding a flavour they like (or don't like), with the ultimate result that any jar that's bought will be fully consumed and enjoyed. Any stock or raw materials used in finding this result are well spent.
- When working with our sourcing partner, we should look for 4 key areas of importance, one of which is the locality of the material. Although we can't currently source organic almonds from Manchester, we do prefer buying those from Italy than, say, the USA.
- To switch to green electricity, to a partner such as Ecotricity, hopefully at some point in 2023, if deemed feasible during the current Ukraine crisis.
- To print only when necessary, and only on recycled paper.
- To use recycled toilet roll in our office toilet, and to clean using environmentally friendly brands such as Faith in Nature and Ecover.
- Currently Nutcessity Ltd. is 100% owned by Michael Duckworth. If he considers any investors, they must clearly understand this policy and be happy in the knowledge that profit does not always come before planet. This should be recognised in save-able signature format.
- To continue to consider working with a 'carbon-neutral' or 'net-zero carbon' partner, based on several factors such as: financial cost, offset themes, offset abilities and locations, business ownership and recommendations / reviews.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if we can clarify any of the above, or you'd like further information. Many thanks.