Here at Ratton Pantry, sustainability and being environmentally conscious is core to our business and work ethic. We employ a number of working standards to ensure that we reuse materials and packaging where possible along with keeping wastage within the business to a minimum.
We collect a large portion of our cardboard packaging and boxes from local businesses, meaning that less of their material enters landfill and more is used instead to safely package our customer's orders. We shred any unusable boxes, which we then use to protect products for delivery when packaging orders.
Where possible, we also re-use or shred all boxes from our inbound deliveries.
When reusing materials isn't possible we make sure to use bought-in sustainable FSC approved packaging that is made up from recycled materials and is also 100% recyclable itself at the end of its life.
The majority of our orders are packaged with recycled paper packaging tape, which is made from recycled material and is itself fully recyclable after use.
We use environmentally friendly packing 'chips', which are made from renewable sources. These chips are biodegradable, fully compostable and also GM free.
Our flour decanting service uses eco-friendly and 100% biodegradable paper flours bags, which are sealed with paper tape and labelled with paper stickers.
Small amounts of bubblewrap, plastic shrink-wrap and plastic tape may be used with some orders where extra protection is needed for certain products such as large sacks of flour, however we're constantly looking at ways to use more sustainable alternatives, whilst offering the same level of protection.
We've worked hard to offer sustainable delivery options. Most notably, we use DPD couriers for the majority of our shipments. DPD offset their carbon emissions with a series of initiatives, including a new and expanding fleet of electric vehicles.
We work closely and champion a number of sustainable and environmentally conscious brands and suppliers, who themselves operate in a sustainable manner. The flour mills that we work with, such as Matthews Cotswold, Stoates and Marriages are all working towards a more sustainable approach to farming and have achieved certifications from the Organic Soil Association, OF&G and the Organic Food Federation. As we move forward as a business, sustainable efforts will factor more and more into the decision process as to which brands that we decide to work with and offer to you as the customer.
To further bolster our support towards sustainable brands, Ratton Pantry have teamed up with Wildfarmed to offer their complete range of regeneratively farmed flours. Wildfarmed work with farmers embracing regenerative approaches to improve farm biodiversity and soil condition. They grow all their crops without the use of herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. They are creating a traceable field to plate network which allows consumers to participate in the restoration of soil and biodiversity. Learn more about Wildfarmed Regenerative Flour.
We're always looking at ways to become more sustainable, so if you have any ideas or you'd like to share some feedback as to our current efforts, we'd love you hear from you.