Cotswold Fayre is now Plastic Neutral!
We are now certified Plastic Neutral. We have partnered with rePurpose Global to fund the recovery of as much nature-bound plastic waste as is used by its suppliers to package and distribute all the products sold as of April 2021. This bold commitment is part of a wider plastic waste action strategy that includes expanding our plastic free range and engaging suppliers to reduce and eliminate plastic packaging wherever possible.
By contributing a percentage of every product purchase to plastic reduction efforts we are enabling the removal of over 19 tonnes of plastic waste each quarter which otherwise would have been landfilled, burned, or flushed into the oceans. Through our partnership with rePurpose Global, we are supporting a vetted waste management project in Hyderabad, India to collect and process hard-to-recycle waste streams otherwise too low value to be reclaimed from the environment, such as chocolate wrappers, crisp packets, and similar flexible packaging items.
By going Plastic Neutral, we are not only tackling a £22B/year funding gap that plagues recycling supply chains worldwide, but is also adding a crucial income stream for over 70 waste workers (41 of whom are women) and their families in Hyderabad, India. Today, informal waste workers often earn less than £4/day, work in precarious conditions, and face severe discrimination despite providing a crucial societal service for cities across the developing world. Through this initiative, we are boosting these waste workers’ income by attaching value to hard-to-recycle plastics, while supporting experienced recycling social enterprises who holistically uplift waste workers through occupational safety, health insurance, and skills training.
As a prominent player in the speciality food and drink sector, we recognise the grave threat that plastic pollution poses to the future of our planet and is planning to take further action against this epidemic. “We have seen the devastating amount of waste generated every day by our industry, so to us, the urgency of this crisis was impossible to ignore and we decided to step up. Our planet needs us and Cotswold Fayre is taking decisive action on this issue.” said Paul Hargreaves, Founder & CEO of Cotswold Fayre. “This is just the beginning. By taking a lead on this issue we’ve opened new conversations with our suppliers about reducing and eliminating the plastic in our supply chain and are supporting them on that journey. We’re now rapidly expanding our plastic free range and hope to become a plastic free wholesaler in the not-too-distant future.”
Our commitment to impact can be traced back to becoming one of the first certified B Corps in the UK; “As a business our purpose has always been to inspire, delight and make a difference to people’s lives and the planet through our shared passion for food. As a B Corp, we believe in the power of business as a force for good.” said Paul Hargeaves.
“Environmental protection is at the core of Cotswold Fayre. It’s so refreshing to see them push the boundaries on tackling the plastic waste problem. Forward-thinking brands like Cotswold Fayre are the need of the hour. We hope this pioneering move pushes more companies to take responsibility for their own plastic waste.” said Aditya Siroya, co-founder and Chief Impact Officer of rePurpose Global, the world’s first Plastic Credit Platform.
About rePurpose Global
rePurpose Global is the World's First Plastic Credit Platform dedicated to making environmental action accessible for purposeful companies worldwide. Their one-stop solution empowers anybody to go Plastic Neutral by financing plastic waste management and mitigation projects worldwide.
Since inception, rePurpose Global has created environmental impact for people across 26 countries and 100+ purposeful brands, ranging from up-and-coming SMEs to global Fortune 500s. In doing so, the coalition is positively impacting and touching the lives of 9,500+ marginalised waste workers and community members worldwide.