When we were first designing our packaging and choosing materials, it was important to us to be as sustainable as we could be. To that end, when you buy Shed 1 Gin, you can be assured that all the packaging is recycled, recyclable, reusable, and/or compostable.
Of course, when it comes to the ingredients within our gin we also want to maintain high quality and that means some of the ingredients do have a fairly high carbon footprint. The best cardamon, cinnamon and nutmeg for example, just don’t grow well, or in the quantities needed in the UK. Juniper does grow here, but the quality and quantity can’t be relied on. However, where we can we do buy from UK growers and importers where we can. Our chillies start their life just outside Carnforth on our friend’s, Picking Posies, market garden. We continually research sources for our botanicals and recently found a British company growing high quality coriander, Beacon Commodities. As for our Festive Bramble Gin Elixir, we forage every blackberry from Ulverston and all the apples come from another friend of ours who has an orchard in the town. Course, we mustn’t forget that the wax that seals all our bottles comes from the British Wax company.
There are so many talented people in our town and county and so we employ local people. Pixeltweaks, is the designer who helped us at the start to get our labels just right and continues to figure out how to put the ideas in our heads into production; Fingerprints and Badger Press are the two printing companies we use and occasionally have to ask for something to be done yesterday; this website came about and grows due to the talents at Furness Media and we loved being able to use a photographer from Ulverston for many of the pictures you see here. She’s on her way to India at the moment for a six month adventure!
We’re lucky to live in a town and a county that embraces new ideas, supports tradition, and holds out a helping hand to people and the environment. We hope that we are doing the same.
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