Winner of The Gin Guide Environmental Sustainability Award in 2020, 2021 & 2022.
Shed One is a NET ZERO, CLIMATE POSITIVE business.
All our packaging is recycled, recyclable, reusable, and/or compostable. We invested in a cardboard shredder which is a lot of fun! It shreds cardboard into nets which we can then use to wrap our bottles in. Cardboard comes in from goods ordered, we shred it and use it to package the goods we send out.
In order to save thousands of litres of water every time we distil, we have installed an innovative closed loop cooling system. We use the "waste" water from filtering to water the plants in our pallet garden and clean equipment.
We maintain a high quality and that means some botanicals have a fairly high carbon footprint. The best cardamom, 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, we buy from UK growers and brokers. Our chillies start their life in Warton, Carnforth in our friend's, Erda Botanicals, market garden. We continually research sources for our botanicals and recently found a British company growing high quality coriander, Beacon Commodities.
And the wax that seals all our bottles comes from the British Wax company.
As for our Festive Bramble Gin Elixir, we forage every blackberry from Ulverston and all the apples and plums come from another friend of ours who has an orchard in the town. Colin's doing his bit to keep rare, Heritage Apples alive and we love being able to make use of them.
He's also planted 3 Chuckleberry bushes so we'll be using those in our Chuckleberry Gin from 2023.
All the ingredients, except the juniper, have been foraged for our Ulverston Gin. Plus, we collaborated with local groups and employed two students from Furness College to design the label and pamphlet. Part of every sale goes to our Marmalade Fund and is then donated to charity.
We are developing a couple more gins using more locally grown and foraged botanicals which has led to partnering with a local community group, Ford Park, Ulverston, who are letting us make use of what they grow, for new and existing gins.
Every month we buy trees and invest in various CO2 and Humanitarian projects around the world and you can watch our forest grow here. For every online order we buy an extra tree. This initiative is only a small part of our Environmental toolkit. Our main aim is to be as environmentally-sustainable within the business. However, we are proud to be able to support both carbon avoidance and humanitarian projects. Here is a snapshot from our Ecologi dashboard, February 2023.
We employ local people for our design and printing needs including Furness Media, StramPress, Fingerprints and Pixeltweaks. 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're proud to be a part of that.
Lindsay and Thea have completed ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE WORKPLACE - LEVEL 1 AWARD - ETC AWARDS, at Lancaster & Morecambe College. It was led by Tim Maiden, founder of Green Small Business and our auditor.
Andy has completed a course run by one of our charity partners, Cumbria Action for Sustainability: Climate and Carbon Literacy training course.
Zoe has completed courses in Mental Health in the Workplace, Unconscious Bias, and Level 4 Tourism and Visitor Economy Management Course via Carlisle College. This includes a unit of Mental Health in the workplace, plus giving practical help in how to analyse and adapt not only for the good of the business but also for employees and our visitors.
We feel it's important to continue to learn and keep up to date with all these issues. Knowledge is power, as they say.
(February 20th, 2023)
We have placed our first order of fully recycled bottles and are looking forward to receiving them in the next few weeks. Starting with Cuckold's Revenge, we will be phasing out our old bottles and hope to have replaced all our London Dry Gins with the new ones by the autumn, if not sooner.
*Graphic designed by Freya Gray, a local of Ulverston who is currently studying graphic design and animation.