The Essential Ethos
The Essential Ethos
  • 100% Vegetarian and Vegan
  • GM Free
  • Egalitarian co-operative structure (Click here for more)
  • Paperwork and pricelists are printed on FSC accredited or recycled paper, using vegetable inks whenever possible
  • No unwanted additives - just healthy natural food
  • Fairtrade, sustainable, recycled, organic and eco friendly products
  • Palm Fat, where used is sustainably sourced
  • Actively trading with ethical producers and co-operatives
  • Our power is provided by Ecotricity at our Retail outlets Harvest
  • We refuse to trade with any outlets that sell fur
  • We strive to minimise packaging and use ecological packaging wherever possible
  • Mixing products are packed into sacks made of wood pulp from sustainable forests, produced in an environmentally-friendly manner
  • Mini Bulk commodities (2kg-10kg) are packed in degradable polyethylene made from non GM sources
  • Hand packed products are packaged in biodegradable GMO-free wood pulp
  • All products are freighted by either land or sea - never by air
  • The warehouse is fitted with solar PV which will generate an estimated 38000 kWh of electricity per annum, this represents a saving of approximately 513 Tonnes of CO2 over the 25 year life of the FIT (Feed in Tariff). Although the system should continue to run long after the FIT contract has come to an end.
  • Supporting our local economy
  • We support the independent trade sector - no supermarkets
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