Hambleden Herbs Environmental Policy
We recognise that our business activities have the potential to harm the environment, but we are committed to minimising this impact.
In securing supply of our more exotic products, we have to source from around the world in order to get the very best quality ingredients. Done carefully and with planning, the impact of this sourcing can be limited. We do not use aeroplanes to fly spices or teas around the world we plan ahead and use ships, thereby reducing the impact on the environment.
We are very aware of how important the impact of plastics are on the environment. All of our teabags are changing to a biodegradable format and to reduce waste we are no longer using the string, tag and envelope. As our stocks run out they will be replaced with biodegradable tea paper containing no plastic. This information can be found on the individual tea description.
Closer to home, we are committed to recycling our waste paper and cardboard. Whether that is immediately within our warehouse and office, or via a recycling centre, we will always do all we can to make sure that it is used again. So don’t be surprised when your delivery arrives in a “second hand” box!
We also hate packaging. It is always a balancing act between over and under packing our products. Too much and we can’t sleep at night, too little and your experience of Hambleden falls short of expectations. To try and reconcile these conflicting forces we are always trying to find more environmentally friendly packaging materials.
The social impacts of our business are also very important to us, and along with the clear environmental benefits, are part of the reason for buying and supplying organic materials. For farmers to switch to organic farming methods they must grow using organic methods for 3 years before they are allowed to sell a crop as organic. This requires significant investment by them and they need the assurance that they will have customers at the end of that 3 year process. That is why we prefer to have long term agreements with our suppliers, enabling farmers to securely invest for the future and continue to provide jobs for their local community.
Through building our business around organic principles we believe that we are able to offer our customers fantastic exotic herbs & spices with minimal environmental impact, whilst also offering a sustainable source of income for a number of communities around the world.