We want to buy local, we want to buy ethically and we want to buy environmentally sound.
We apply these tenets as successfully as we can in the manufacture and packaging of our products and are always aiming to improve.
Our raw ingredients:
Though we are not producing a product for consumption we believe we must source the most ethically based food products that originate from abroad. That’s why:
Our sugar is certified Fairtrade cane sugar.
Our soya is sourced from Japanese suppliers who strictly prohibit the use of any GM modified crops from abroad.
We only use organic yogurt & organic brown rice for the production of libby chan and libby's V-concentrate.
Our sour salt is certified GMO free.
All our bottles are either PET or HDPE plastic which can be recycled in your local plastic collection or at recycling facilities. But REUSE is so much better than recycle. As libby chan is harmless, the bottles can be reused for any purpose (once washed of course).
Once someone asked us why our spray bottle costs over £2 when you can buy a litre spray bottle in your local garden centre for around £1.50? Well, here is the reason: that garden centre bottle will, invariably be PVC. Production, use & disposal of PVC creates persistent toxic pollution, including dioxin. Dioxins are produced at many points in the making of PVC and additional dioxins are produced when it burns during garbage incineration (check on the bottom of the cheap spray bottle – it can’t be recycled). The international agency for research on cancer classified dioxin as a known human carcinogen in 1997.
All our bottles are sourced from independent UK based suppliers and we always try to source as close to home as possible. Avoiding unnecessary transport miles and minimising our carbon footprint is a priority.
We work with a label manufacturer who has an excellent environmental policy in place:
Our labels and backing are produced from either recycled paper or paper harvested from sustainable forests, mostly in Scandinavia.
Water based adhesive is used on all our labels.
All our labels are de-inkable for recycling. To recycle paper you need to remove the printed ink in a process known as de-inking.
Our packaging manufacturer is the only packaging company to run a compliance scheme for the Packaging Regulations and was one of the first to be accredited with ISO 14001:2004. All our boxes are made from 80% recycled material.