A Green Evening at Edibleculture

An evening of inspiring stories on our businesses roads to sustainability

A Green Evening at Edibleculture

On an unseasonably cool and damp Tuesday evening in July, a whopping 48 Produced in Kent members met at Edibleculture, a small-scale nursery based at Abbey School in Faversham, for an inspirational evening learning about various businesses quests to be more sustainable.

First up, Chris from Edibleculture, talked about their journey to 'a plastic free 2019' “We want to show you can run a profitable business while be sustainable “ said Chris They started by making it 'illegal' to sell single use plastic as a product or packaging in their shop. This led them to design the 'POSIpot' a paper pot, which all of their plants are sold to the public in, enabling them to keep the plastic pots they grow in onsite to be reused or recycled properly. From replacing plant labels to their ‘Bag for Life’ compost bags, you can find out more about their innovative solutions to the single use plastic problem on their website.”

We then heard from Finn Dunlop from Macknade Fine Foods in Faversham, who have been pioneering the 'reduce, reuse, recycle' movement for many years- from their use of old cardboard boxes instead of plastic carrier bags at the, to their new 'unpackaged' self-service counter which encourages customers to bring their own containers to fill with a range of dry products, as well as a similar service for oils. Water waste has been reduced by using airflush loos, switching to green energy providers, pasture fed meat on the butchers’ counter and anaerobic digesting of food waste. They are looking to be sustainable across all aspects of their business. “We want to embrace the opportunity as an independent business to lead the way and be a catalyst for change” said Finn. You can find more information about all of their environmental projects on their website.

And finally Stuart at Lost Sheep Coffee, talked about their fully compostable Nespresso compatible capsules. Made from a wood base in a carbon neutral factory they will compost in just 12 weeks! There are plans to convert the packaging of the rest of their range to environmentally friendly solutions

They even reduce the food miles associated with the raw coffee beans, importing directly from farmers. You can find their range on their website.

We were treated to David from Ediblecultures' delicious Moroccan mint tea, juice from The Tiddly Pomme at Brogdale, coffee from Lost Sheep, cakes from Zinzie Cakes and Nim's fruit crisps Chris and David took a small groups on tours of the centre and gardens answering plenty of questions along the way

It was great to see so many businesses sharing ideas and inspiration, making connections and generally enjoying themselves.

Attending Produced in Kent events is one of the many benefits of membership. Our events are hosted all over the county at different types of venues, covering a range of subjects which are helpful to businesses, and the networking aspects are invaluable for making connections. We host around 8 events each year. If you think your business would benefit from attending these events, and you would like to know more about all the other fantastic benefits of joining Produced in Kent, please have a look at our website, or contact Jill or Jo in the office.

Next Event: 11th September, Hole Park – Look out for the invite!