Our commitment to the environment
Why does our packaging look different?
You may have noticed our packaging looks a bit different from usual at the moment. That’s because the cardboard we use is currently in short supply, but we’re hoping to have our normal outer sleeves back soon. And don’t worry – the recipe, ingredients and careful cooking are still the same as ever.
Our wooden trays can be put in your garden waste bin or compost heap. That said, many of our customers tell us they re-use them, for example as seed planters or serving trays! We’d love to see what you do with yours – do let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
While our ceramic pots cannot be recycled, we’ve found that many local charity shops are happy to accept them for resale. We’ve also found that some animal rescue charities really appreciate them too, as they can be used as water and food bowls for their smaller residents. You’ll also find they can be repurposed in every way imaginable at home, from candleholders to trinket dishes or as serving dishes for sauces, nuts or seeds.
Cardboard sleeves & boxes
These can be recycled with your usual everyday household paper and cardboard.
All of this can be recycled with your usual household plastics.
This can be recycled with your usual household metal packaging.
Business as a force for good
When Charlie started our company from his kitchen table nearly 25 years ago, he had one ambition: to create a brilliant food business that would stand the test of time. And from the start that has meant working extra hard to look after our people, our community and the environment.
So we’re incredibly proud to have been awarded the B Corp certification, granted only to organisations using business as a force for good. But it doesn’t end there – the B Corp team have already helped us set new targets for water consumption, energy use and carbon drawdown. We want to keep getting better and better each day, and becoming a B Corporation is a fantastic way to make sure we do just that.
Our Somerset Kitchen sits in a disused quarry, land that would otherwise have been left empty and dead. This means that we’ve avoided converting Greenbelt land into industrial land, and have even improved local wildlife by rewilding 22 acres of surrounding countryside. We can also bring 300 much-needed manufacturing jobs to the local area, stretching to 1000 at full capacity.
The building itself is specifically designed to work with the land, minimising use of energy and resources. We use motion-sensor LED lights across the entire site, all refrigeration is hydrocarbon-free, and breathable air vents mean we don’t need air conditioning, saving 40Kw/H. A bespoke, onsite Water Treatment Plant returns waste water to the source river clearer than it started and has reduced our water consumption by 20% already this year – a figure that will eventually rise to 70%.
At Charlie Bigham’s, we’re committed to making a positive impact on the environment. We’re proud to be a certified B Corp, a recognition of our commitment to using business as a force for good since Charlie started the business almost 25 years ago. We’re always working to maximise our positive impact on the land and minimise our negative impact on the environment.