SUSTAINABILITY

At Bakedin, we’re working hard to reduce our impact on the environment. We’re by no means perfect, but we’re trying! Read on to find out all about the steps we're taking and some all-important information on how to recycle the packaging from your favourite Bakedin products.

MAXIMUM HAPPINESS, MINIMUM CARBON FOOTPRINT

A few months ago we started working with an organisation called ecologi. We now plant a tree for every Baking Club (and Bread Baking Club) box that we send out, to go towards offsetting the CO2 used in the manufacturing process.
 
We've planted over 100,000 trees so far and have a goal to plant half a million by the end of 2021.
 
The personal CO2 footprint of everyone in the Bakedin team (plus a bit extra for good measure), is also offset through a range of environmental and renewable energy projects - you can read about them all on our ecologi page.

TACKLING FOOD WASTE

Did you know that food waste is the third-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions? Or that we throw away over a third of all the food we produce every year - worth over $1 trillion each year? These are shocking statistics that we all must do more to improve.

Combating food waste is one of the main reasons we started the business. Have you ever bought ingredients for a bake you had no intention of baking again, but needed to buy way more than you need? We’ve been there!

That’s why we only provide you with the exact amount of ingredients you’ll need to make your bake, so you won’t need to throw any ingredients away during or after the bake.

Before your Baking Club box is dispatched, we send you details of the ingredients you’ll need to buy for the bake including exact weights and measurements. This helps you to only buy the exact amount you’ll need, therefore minimising any excess. So when we ask for fresh ingredients to be added, these are nearly always kitchen essentials (butter and eggs, for example) that you’re likely to have in your cupboards at home. Any additional ingredients, such as fresh fruit, are also easy to find and we try to use the whole fruit in the bake (think lemon juice and zest!)

From April 2019, we have also included storage instructions on our Baking Club boxes to make sure you can keep your bakes fresher for longer. They’re therefore less likely to be wasted.

When we buy the dry ingredients to make our Baking Club boxes, we have a cut-off date of the 1st of the month. This helps us to accurately measure the exact amount of ingredients we’ll need to make for that month and minimise waste. Any excess ingredients, such as flour and sugar, can be used in future boxes.


TACKLING PACKAGING WASTE

When we package our products, we have a tough balance to strike between food safety and our commitment to the environment.

To give you the ‘baking from scratch’ experience at home, the dry ingredients need to be packaged separately in food-safe packaging, which isn’t always easy to recycle. That said, the vast majority of our packaging is recyclable (including the single-use plastic sachets), but our local councils aren’t doing a very good job of recycling them yet. Mixed plastic recycling is expected to be more widely available in the next few years, we just need to keep the pressure on our local councils to make sure this happens.

The plastic we use has always been recyclable, but we've recently moved to a much more easily recyclable material - you can pop them in the carrier bag recycling boxes at most majority supermarkets. It's double the price of the previous bags we use but we think it's worth it...we also get a much stronger seal so will hopefully reduce the burst bags we get from time to time from heavy handed posties

Find out what you can recycle at home or in your local area at https://www.recyclenow.com/local-recycling