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Our environment: how we’re raising the bar…

We all know the way we live our lives has a big impact on the health of our planet and the people we share it with. When you run a business that responsibility gets a bit bigger and, as you’d expect, we take it seriously.

We’re not perfect, but here’s what we’re doing…

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Our packaging

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Reducing the volume of plastic in our packaging...
Over the past five years we've gradually whittled down the thickness of the film that wraps each bar by 30%. Our wrappers keep your bars in tip-top condition; we've always kept them clear so you can see the wholesome ingredients inside.
Plastic use is a complex issue...
Plastic creates many problems for our environment. It also solves problems in our food chain, making it possible to keep food fresher for longer. We know that a long-term solution will involve more than simply removing plastic from polluted landscapes. We're committed to finding a more sustainable model.
We're offsetting our current plastic footprint...
Through our partnership with Plastic Bank, we have enabled the collection of 245 tonnes of plastic over the last two years. Our work with Plastic Bank has focussed in the Philippines where local people earn money by removing plastic from our seas and oceans.
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Our ingredients

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We use RSPO certified palm oil...
We’re proud of our yoghurt coating’s unique taste and texture – it took us a whole year to get the recipe just right. Our palm kernel oil supplier, who we’ve been working with for many years, is RSPO certified.
We’re supporting Brazil nut growers affected by crop failure...
Bad weather and climate change caused the Brazil harvest to fail in 2017, which devastated the rural communities of Bolivia that sell us their nuts. In 2017 we began working with Bolivian NGO CIPCA, who have used our donation to set up nurseries raising cacao, açai, timber trees and healthy new Brazil nut trees to create work and alternative income for local people.
We're exploring plant-based alternatives to honey...
After many hours tinkering in our development 'pod' we've come up with some delicious recipes that use maple syrup, coconut blossom nectar and chicory root fibre. We now have three plant-based products.
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The Makery

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Changing to LEDs...
All our lighting across our site has been upgraded to LEDs, reducing our energy consumption by 60%
Turning pallets into beehives...
We have a rehabilitation programme for our old pallets: we send them to Chris, a craftsman down the road in Wickford, who makes them into bee hives. We now have over 180 hives across the country.
KeepCups for all our staff...
We were getting through an eye-watering 3,385 single-use cups a week. Each member of staff has been given their own KeepCup...we can save all that waste from landfill while feeling rather swanky at the same time.
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Our charities

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We donate bars to food charities including Fareshare and The Trussell Trust as well as smaller independent run groups.
For years now we have been working with organisations such as Fareshare who help charities get our bars to the people who need them most. This year alone we have donated over 310,000 bars to help during the current crisis.
Doing what we can to help...
Sadly this year many of the events we would usually support are being cancelled or postponed. We are doing everything we can to put the spare bars this creates to good use. Including sending over 27,000 bars directly to our local NHS hospitals to fuel their hard working staff.

Fingers crossed those much needed charity fundraising events will be able to go ahead again next year and we will be there to cheer and fill those well deserved goodie bags with yummy Eat Natural bars.
Our beekeeper programme has trained and equipped 180 beekeepers...
Since 2015 we've recruited 180 beekeepers. Our hives can be found from Cornwall to John O'Groats – on urban rooftops, island crofts and just about every habitat in between. Watch this space for our 'save the bees' campaign coming soon too...