Sustainability & Real Patisserie
We consider the environment highly in our decision-making, priorities and practices.
Local food supply
We monitor our ingredients and packaging to make sure they are responsibly sourced.
We prioritise quality and sustainability when sourcing ingredients, and when possible source from accredited producers to ensure adequate consideration of environmental impact.
To ensure animal welfare we currently source:
All eggs from local, high welfare sources
A large proportion of sausage meat and cured meats from local, certified high welfare sources
In 2014, Real Patisserie first committed to becoming carbon neutral and started to offset its carbon output through funding of cleaner energy projects.
Since 2019, we have been powered by 100% SSE Green Electricity.
To reduce waste, we currently:
Limit waste via production software and use of strict production schedules
Use the Fare Share cooperative, OLIO, TooGoodToGo, and other local schemes to pick up all left-over useable food products
Compost any waste that we cannot otherwise use
Re-use some of our left-over ingredients such as coffee ground, bread or pastries to create new recipes.
Recycle, re-use, refill
In response to environmental needs we recognise businesses must change their approach to consumer packaging.
It is apparent that we as a society have become habitually dependent on single-use packaging. Also, that we do not currently have the infrastructure to effectively and ethically dispose of all this stuff we use!
New, more environmentally safe products are now available for more demanding packaging requirements. But even with the new ecological materials being developed, local councils and private companies can sometimes not effectively recycle or compost them because their facilities don't have the specialist means.
So the two things that we have concluded:
1. WHILE WE WILL DO OUR BEST THERE IS NO PERFECT SOLUTION.
This is mostly due to the chicken-and-egg nature of change: appliance of a solution vs. infrastructure for that solution. We are making changes, some of which are immediately effective, but some in view of the fact that the infrastructure to make best use of those changes will come into place. We also believe it is important to demonstrate real commitment to change to raise awareness.
2. THE BEST SOLUTION IS TO RE-USE PACKAGING
Therefore, we are promoting re-use to our customers as the best approach. Because all disposable packaging - plastic or not - has an environmental impact of single-use, disposable packaging.
We encourage the re-use of robust bags and containers
We now use untreated card as much as possible as this is a genuinely recyclable material
All boxes and card tubs are now 100% vegetable based
We are now part of the Tap app which allows anyone to see where you can get a free refill of water. We provide people with fresh filtered water. No more plastic bottles sold on our premises
We now sell reusable bottle, keep cups and tote bags. We offer a discount for customers who bring their own cups for coffees
We are selling refillable biscuit box
All clear film bags and film fronted boxes are now 100% vegetable based
All coffee cups, cutlery and container are 100% vegetable based
All plastic carrier and bread bags are now 100% degradable.