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Putting our environmental commitment to the taste test

This year’s World Environment Day theme #OnlyOneEarth championed transformative environmental change. Speed has been on its own journey to reduce its carbon impact including  switching to a renewable energy provider to ensuring our office consumables are made from recycled materials, all captured in our Environmental Impact Report.

As part of our wider efforts to make ourselves more sustainable, we turned our attention to some of the products that often get overlooked in the office environment: food and drink. This wasn’t only to ensure that products we use in the office align with our environmental principles, but to also encourage us to consider more sustainable options outside the office.

For those of us based in our Bristol office, it’s easy to nip out to the shop without considering the carbon footprint of the products we buy. So we asked: what are the extra changes we can make in the office to reduce our carbon footprint?

We tested local produce from environmentally friendly companies, which could replace some of those things we provide for staff (and yes, this includes some alcoholic drinks for team downtime!). Based on the fantastic feedback from our Speedsters, we plan to switch to nearly every product not only because they’re tasty but because of how the supplier’s eco credentials support our environmental mission. This is one part of our journey to become more accountable, and we will continue to do more. Check out our reviews:

Cereal

Alara has spent 30 years creating a sustainable food production system. It was the first cereal company to offer products in a plastic-free film that biodegrades, and achieved Zero Waste status in 2008 and uses 100% renewable green energy. It also sources all of its oat, barley and rye flakes from British growers.

Speedster feedback:

We really liked the lack of plastic packaging, the fact it has wholefoods, fruits, nuts and no added sugar. However, there were a few comments around how the taste is a little bland and dry.

Happy to use? 50%

Soft drinks

Karma Drinks believes that a fizzy drink can be a force for good and is based around the principle of what goes around comes around. The almost B Corp accredited drinks producer is sustainable and ethically conscious, plastic free and an organic and fairtrade development organisation.

Speedster feedback:

The ginger ale is ‘like a nice lemonade with a bit of a kick to it’ and from a company that is ‘doing all the right things’. Although some of our Speedsters would typically choose a diet cola, every once in a while we’ve decided the ginger ale would make a nice change.

Happy to use? 100%

Alcoholic drinks

Wiper & True is working to be the most sustainable brewery it possibly can and talks transparently about its sustainability goals. The brand uses cornstarch labels, it’s spent grain feeds cows and its cardboard packaging is sustainably sourced. In fact, the brewery is currently relocating so that it can use carbon capture technology to harvest the CO2 created in the brewing process for carbonating the beer before packaging.

Speedster feedback:

It’s ‘bloody delicious’, smooth, both sweet and bitter. It’s a very tasty stout which is something a bit different, and not too rich or chocolatey. Some Speedsters confessed to not being stout lovers but are open to mix things up with every once in a while.

We loved that the brand is planning on being carbon neutral by 2030 and that it uses 100% renewable to produce its beers.

Happy to use? 100%

Espensen Spirit was started with the aim of being as sustainable and climate conscious as it can possibly be. Its spirit bottles are designed to be reused for oil and vinegar storage, the bottle seals biodegrade faster than most paper products and there’s zero waste from by products as they’re used for puddings, jams and other tasty treats.

Speedster feedback:

It tastes great in a ‘cheeky G&T’. We love the local story behind it too with its connections to Bristol cathedral and the fact that it wasn’t overly sweet like you’d usually associated with a flavoured gin.

We really like how the by-products of making the spirits don’t go to waste and are used to make other foods, and the commitment to making the packaging as sustainable as possible through the use of biodegradable bottle seals – we haven’t seen this before!

Happy to use? 100%

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