Our personal and very individual health can only go as far as the environment we live in allows us to reflect. The way we relate to our families, our community, our natural environment is so crucial – our sincerity and integrity here will determine the future of the human race. At inSpiral we take this responsibility very serious – and whilst the journey might start with our focus on nutrition and personal health it is ultimately planetary health that we have in mind with our work.
100% of the electricity we consume at inSpiral comes from renewable energy sources. The company we work with is called Good Energy as well as Ecotricity – both of them top ranking ethical companies out there. We use a lot of energy due to the nature of our work but we sure try our bit to minimize our usage. We have installed primarily energy saving light bulbs where possible. We employ LED energy saving technology. We switch off many of our appliances every night and use various energy saving gadgets – like an energy saving phone for instance. Most impressively though our warehouse now has the ENTIRE roof full of solarpanels providing power for our kitchen below!
Our society wastes so much and it has been a shocking realisation how much rubbish even we create. But we are doing our utmost to keep our resources within the cycle of use and not dump it all into landfil – or to look into the rubbish we ourselves are creating! So here is what we do:
- We collect all our cardboard, glass bottles, all our cans and all of our plastic bottles – they are collected by the council
- All of our food waste in Camden goes into compost and in our warehosue we send much of it back to the fields where it came from
- We return many plastic trays to the vegetable supplier for reuse
Our entire packaging range is either biodegradeable, recycled or otherwise eco friendly. We work with two companies, London Bio and BioPac , who specialize in eco packaging. Even our straws are made from corn starch, our forks are made of sustainable wood and our boxes made out of pressed plant fibre. We are proud to think that we do not burden the world with even more non-compostable rubbish!
We are also very vocal toward our suppliers and when we feel that a product does not meet our criteria, ie it has too much unnecessary packaging then we will not trade this product – simple as that!
Yep – we do try our bit when it comes to using water. Even though we are positioned directly next to the flowing Regent’s Canal we are very aware that water is a finite resource and we all need to start conserving it! So here is what we do:
- We use a high effiiciency dish washer to deal with much of our washing up
- Our kitchen team are trainined in the conservative use of water
we support products of this great company and use them throughout the lounge to avoid nasty chemicals getting into our eco systems. Sadly we have to use some of the nasties as even ecover is not recognised by the health authorities as an effective anti bacterial!
Many of our team live in close proximity to the lounge and cycle to work – hardly anyone of us is using a car – public transport is the way to go. For the occasional necessity we hire cars by the hour and to that effect we work with a company called CityCarClub – great service and really something that more of us should consider for our vehicle uses.
We also minimize the amount of artists we have travelling just for the purpose of their performance to the lounge and we alwasy try and combine bookings to reduce the need or single occassion travel.