It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it.
As a business, it’s not just what you do that counts, or as a retailer, it is not just about the products that you sell. How you run your business is just as important, and one of the cornerstones of Planet Organic from Day 1 has been to conduct our business in a fair, honest and responsible way, respecting our customers, suppliers and team members.
It’s not always easy being green. We were disappointed in the late Nineties that our cargo bike delivery service didn’t take off. We have struggled so many times to donate food waste to London shelters, and we deal with different recycling restrictions in each of the London Boroughs that we have stores in. However, over the years there have been some marvelous successes.
We said goodbye to plastic bags years ago, and use fully recycled paper bags for all your grocery shopping. We use food containers made from bagasse, a sugar cane waste material in our café’s, and to be honest got a bit too excited when we found the first compostable takeaway coffee cup lid. It’s the little things…
And it’s not just what we do. Encouraging our suppliers to move towards re-usable delivery boxes saves around 10 bales of compressed cardboard a day, while our sales of Life Water, a drop for drop not-for-profit organisation, have so far provided clean-drinking water to 1200 people as part of the Gopavaram Community Well Project in Andra Pradesh.
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