Here are the key actions we’re taking and would like to take over the next 12-18 months to improve as our business develops.
Our tubs are currently 50% compostable and 50% recyclable. Let’s look at what this really means when you’re trying to decide if you can stick your Beau’s in the recycling.
The lid is recyclable and made from two parts - virgin cellulose and polyethylene. The cellulose is taken from forests that are not managed according to FSC standards, and the polyethylene is a widely recycled plastic polymer.
The tub is compostable and also made from two parts - virgin cellulose – the same as above – and compostable polymers.
While the lid can be recycled widely across the UK, the tub is compostable and can be broken down within 12 weeks in composting conditions; the composting condition requirements are currently those of an industrial composting facility.
We’re tracing our sustainability journey in three stages - before, during and after.
Before we get hold of the packaging Beau’s is made from, we want to understand where the material has come from and if that process is being responsibly managed.
Our current aim is to find suppliers who can provide 100% of the materials from responsible sources. Right now, we’re trying to find a lid to match the profile of the tub – i.e. the cellulose being taken from forests managed according to FSC standards and with compostable polymers.
During our production and making cycle, we have the chance to correct or address any shortfalls that may have happened before we got our hands on the materials, whether that’s in relation to environmental, social or economic factors.
We’re currently looking into measuring the greenhouse gas emissions of our products in-house. We’re also investigating becoming a Certified B Corporation - a kind of business that balances profit with purpose and is legally required to consider the impact of business on workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment.
We want to help you dispose of your packaging in the best way possible – every single time. On top of that, we want to understand the fairly complex infrastructure and utilisation of the UK network for dealing with compostable materials a little better and make informed decisions on whether to investigate packaging materials that can be composted in a home composting environment.
Finally we’d like to have a positive impact on decoding the many confusing terms that are thrown around in relation to recycling and composting, which contribute to a lot of confusion and unnecessary waste!
We’re currently taking a course to understand how to measure the greenhouse gas emissions of a product over its entire life cycle. We plan to use this understanding to inform our policy at Beau’s to be able to produce an in-house carbon footprint calculation that will be measured to UK/International standards.
This will help us to understand where we can minimise our footprint. We aim to have our calculations verified by The Carbon Trust and work with them to certify our ice creams, enabling us to use the Carbon Trust logo in the future.