As a family business that has enjoyed over 50 years of doing business in the heart of the Sussex countryside, we feel strongly that businesses, and manufacturers in particular, should do all they can to reduce their environmental impact. Over the past year we have implemented the first stages of our plan to see G&G Vitamins become one of the most environmentally-friendly supplement brands in the country.
BECOMING A GREEN SUPPLEMENT COMPANY
Our first step was to implement a robust recycling network throughout the company. Simply by making recycling bins available in every area and training staff on our policies, we have been able to decrease our waste-to-landfill by 80% (by volume) over the past year. We intend to continue to improve and monitor this, ensuring our waste-to-landfill is always at an absolute minimum. Concurrently we have implemented in-house reuse of packaging materials, reducing our post-industrial and pre-consumer waste by over 70%.
Our next step was to improve our consumer shipping waste. We switched all of our packaging to fully-recyclable materials from recycled sources, right down to our tape and space fillers. We then introduced fully biodegradable shipping bags, and are continuing to look for other areas where we can use biodegradable materials.
SWITCH TO 100% GREEN ENERGY
Finally, we have now completed our switchover to the greenest energy source in Britain. Not only is all of our energy 100% green, our supplier uses wind and sun energy to provide the only Vegan Society approved energy in the country. For more information click here. This means that every capsule that comes out of our ISO Class 8 cleanroom has been made with clean, renewable energy – a UK first (as far as we can tell).
OUR FUTURE AS A GREEN SUPPLEMENT COMPANY
This is just the start. We intend to continue to explore every possible avenue to reduce our carbon footprint and be the greenest vitamin brand around. We are already in the process of establishing a carbon-neutral delivery network for our vitamins, and are building new offices for our staff using the latest eco-friendly innovations. Our goal is to do our bit to help the environment and keep our little slice of British countryside alive and well for generations to come.