We make and produce our own lip and hand balms using herbs and beeswax from local sources (including our own garden!)
These can be found in the Castle shop!
The Castle Garden and Café
A key component of our Sustainability Strategy is the integration of our organic garden and café/kitchen into our operations. You can read more about these exciting projects on the Castle Café page and the Castle Garden page and by following their blog. Better yet, come by and see it for yourself!
Our commitment to sustainability is central to everything we do here…and I mean everything! Every single thing we purchase from electricity and gas to pens and t-shirts is scrutinised with the aim of finding the most environmentally-friendly solution. Everything that leaves our building is equally scrutinised. Literally. We employ a team to go through every piece of rubbish twice a year so that we can learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle more.
When you get stuck into sustainability issues, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed and depressed about our future on this planet. We seem to have no common sense when it comes to using limited natural resources. The issues can be too complex, too scary and too big to handle. Rather than get mired down in doom & gloom, we want to provide a positive alternative, to be an example for others to follow.
This 30 minute video on the work we've been doing may help you to inspire you and help you get started.
Our objectives, which we aim to achieve by 2018, are to:
Develop and implement an Environmental Management Scheme with external accreditation;
Minimise our carbon emissions from all sources and generate as much of our own energy as is reasonably practical;
Source all of our electricity from renewable resources;
Put in place systems to water the garden without using mains water and minimise our use of mains water throughout the rest of the centre;
Regulate the environment within the building (temperature, ventilation and lighting) with the least amount of energy;
Reduce the environmental impact of transport associated with the business;
Actively encourage our customers and staff to reduce their own environmental impacts through an awareness campaign;
Source all of our supplies from companies with high environmental standards;
Send zero waste to landfill;
Eliminate the use of toxic substances in our cleaning and maintenance processes; and
Develop a permaculture based garden on our land that promotes biodiversity and produces food for the Cafe.
We’re making significant progress on all of these objectives which you can read about in our Annual Environmental Reports.
Eco-days. Travel is a big portion of most people’s carbon footprint- our staff are no different. The easyjet revolution when combined with the temptation of climbing in the sunnier climate of places like France or Spain makes it all to easy to book a cheap flight for a week away. The alternative- travelling by car or train is often more expensive and can take much longer. We try to make it more attractive by allowing staff who qualify for the eco-day scheme to take extra paid holiday to get to their destination. Many of our staff have rediscovered the pleasures of long-distance train travel and learned how to get creative when planning their holidays.
We also offer the Cycle to Work scheme to help employees purchase bicycles for commuting in a tax-efficient way.