At Purbeck Ice Cream, our business is dedicated to customer service and the production, presentation, and delivery of premium quality ice creams and sorbets, but we are also active in our care for the environment and the community in which we live.
Planet Purbeck is to let you know what we are doing and how we continually strive to improve everything we do to reduce any impact we have on the environment and to enhance and improve our systems and processes.
Reduce, re-use, recycle
Packaging has an important role to play by protecting the quality and deliciousness of our products and allowing them to be stored, transported and used safely. However, packaging also presents some challenges and generates waste when not recycled. To address this challenge Purbeck Ice Cream source its packaging materials from sustainable resources and create a second life for all plastics. It has to be fit for purpose, transportable, robust enough to sustain freezing temperatures (min -18), protect food and ensure food safety.
All our tubs, lids and spoons are fully recyclable, and it is our policy to encourage consumers to dispose or re-use these in a responsible and correct manner. And new for 2019, following a huge and welcome upsurge in conscientious reduction of single use plastics, we are pleased to confirm we are using compostable (biodegradable within 12 weeks) spoons on our Event vans. Incidentally, by leaving a little on the spoon actually aids the process as the bacteria activity will start quicker – leave a lick, love the earth.
Work in progress for 2019 includes replacing the plastic spoon in our 125ml tubs with a wooden alternative. We continue looking for other alternative sustainable solutions from the packaging industry of which there are many available, but there are currently no others which suit our needs better than what we have, and not suitable for long term storage in freezing conditions. If a product becomes available that we can use, we will endeavour to look into this.
As we have a variety of different sizes of tubs, there are many ways to upcycle, from seed pots to picnic boxes. We have been recycling onsite at the farm for years anyway (education starts at home), and thanks to the Blue Planet programme bringing this to the forefront of awareness, we will continue to recycle and promote ‘protecting the planet starts with you’. Our Events team already separate cardboard and plastic waste from their general waste and dispose of/recycle accordingly.
Cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes are sought by friends and family for storage, moving items, playhouses, fancy dress and sometimes as a base for the occasional work of art!
Plastic buckets abound and used as animal feed containers, storage, wine making, fishing tackle, paint mixing, dyeing clothes, homemade drum kits and the lids make superb Frisbees! We welcome your ideas and photos too, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
All other recycling that is not re-used is collected by our local recycle depot.
Deliveries are streamlined to take into account efficient use of fuel whilst reducing our need to re- visit or re-use roads. Our customers are helping us to reduce mileage by taking as much stock as they can thus reducing the need for additional visits.
We have recently installed a solar panel system – you can see all of the environmental benefits by clicking here
With the help of Global Action plan, our Carbon Footprint was measured back in 2008. With the report we identified ways we could improve our processes and have since updated all compressors to smaller, more energy efficient scroll compressors. We have changed our lighting to LED’s helping towards the 2030 carbon reduction targets.
We are not connected to the mains water supply and have always had to be efficient and careful with any cooling water used. First stage cooling utilises a re-generation plate pack which heats the incoming milk from the out-going hot mix, secondary cooling is maintained by the use of the pool water and final cooling is by ice bank tank. The pool water loses heat overnight by natural evaporation with the added benefit of using no additional energy source.