When feeding wild birds we believe that it is better for the environment, to supply our bird food in re-usable packaging. The bags are 3Kg or 5Kg, making it easy to handle and store, they are also "easy pour" making it easy for you to fill your feeders without the use of a funnel. Our packaging will keep your bird food fresh, and the bag can be used again for different purposes. For example, if you order 20Kg, you will receive it in 4 x 5Kg re-usable bags in a cardboard box, this allows you to open the box on the doorstep and carry the seed in one at a time.
To save packaging – We use re-sealable plastic bags for all our wild bird food and seed mix. With your help these are really efficient, you can re-use them around the home and garage for lots of things. Or you can send them back to us FREEPOST, and we will re-use them for you. Just place all your plastic bags in one, seal it and send it back in the post to us, there is no need for an envelope! The cardboard box or paper sack can be re-used by you or placed in your re-cycle bins.
We use cardboard boxes for packages above 15Kg, this protects the polythene bags better and can be used again by you. The tape we use is paper based and so can be recycled along with the box. Even the bulk sack option now comes inside a box, the convenience and environmental advantages of the returnable / re-useable packaging are a unique advantage to our exclusive returnable packaging scheme and we hope all our customers enjoy having the choice of packaging formats to suit themselves.
We re-use over 95% of the packaging that is sent into us with our raw materials, so don't be surprised if your bird seed turns up in a suet pellet outer box!, Bulk plastic bags are re-used for our seed mixes, so we hand write the contents on the bag, we have never had any complaints, but if you don't like the idea of used packaging in your order, just let us know and we will oblige. We use ripped bags for void filling and lots of other things, we know it's a bit quirky - but we like it!
We are gradually changing to paper bags where possible and compostable bags are coming soon!
We care about the environment and the life in it. So we aim to minimise our environmental impact as much as possible. We operate on a small scale, and so do not use huge mixing and weighing machinery. We mix and pack your bird food by hand, and so use very little electricity. The electricity we do use is generated on site by solar photovoltaic panels, this reduces our carbon footprint by 3 tonnes per year. To save electricity we say turn it off, or don’t use a machine in the first place – 100% effective!
Where we have to use electricity, for lighting, we use energy efficient bulbs.
Most of our heat comes from a wood burner, we cut the logs ourselves, mainly from fallen or dead trees, and we replace every one with a new tree. we use a paper briquette maker, this allows us to compact all our waste paper and cardboard into small blocks that we can burn as well as the wood in our wood burner. If you would like any information on the briquette maker please do contact us. A super addition to our wood burning stove is an 'Eco fan' this does not use batteries or electricity, just the heat vortices from the stove to power the fan blade, it circulates the heat evenly around the room and pushes it through the door into the rest of the house, we have saved about 14% fuel since we had the fan and did not turn on our central heating for a further 6 weeks than normal years. If you would like to know more just contact us.