At Elements for Life we are committed to continually lessening our impact on the environment and operating in harmony with our surroundings. We have taken great care and effort when choosing our suppliers and partners that we work with and made those decisions based on our own strong ethical principles.
We only use high quality ingredients that have been grown and produced to high ecological standards and are agro-chemical/pesticide free, many certified organic.
On the subject of organic, most of the ingredients we buy are certified organic at the time we buy them. However, as we're not certified ourselves (as we've not gone through the costly certification process) we can't actively market them as organic, hence we don't put it on our packaging.
Where possible we source from small scale growers and farmers co-operatives to ensure our ingredients are fairly traded, even if not certified fair trade.
As far as possible, all our packaging is plastic-free, recycled or re-used from other sources. This includes our boxes and printed material.
The cellophane bags in our chocolate making kit and used for Yummy Scrummy, ChocOmega and raw hot chocolates are compostable made from wood pulp (beware that a lot of "cellophane" bags on the market are actually polypropylene, ie plastic).
The compostable bags and pouches our chocolate making ingredients come in are made from paper and lined in starch.
The bubble wrap, filling nuggets and other shipping packaging we use is usually re-used from incoming deliveries. Typically these are compostable or re-usable again.
We're currently working on finding a suitable quality plastic free packing tape and document envelopes
We use recycled paper for most of our office needs and use recycled printer toners. When needing to print promotional material, we generally use www.alocalprinter.com who have great eco credentials.
We recycle waste as far as possible and composte organic waste.
We reduce our consumption of resources by using online communication as often as possible, such as electronic invoices and online banking.
Only use chemical free, environmentally friendly cleaning products and fully degradable plastic bags.
We know there's more that can be done and we are continually striving to improve the way we run the business. The most recent development is to start paying it forward, or perhaps backwards, through donating funds to TreeSisters.
You can read more about how we support the important work of TreeSisters here.