Hobbs House Bakery uses ethical and sustainable principles to make informed decisions and to reduce its flour footprint.
We recognize the responsibility we have to our people, communities and the environment. We want to minimize our impact and benefit others.
We believe that our bread is too good to waste and acknowledge that food waste is this countries dirty secret. We support the Real Bread Campaign’s No Loaf Lost. All our shops work to re-purpose bread into their local communities.
We support several local initiatives to help feed the hungry, such as Holiday Hunger which feeds children during the school holidays. To achieve this we partner with The Matthew Tree Project, Fareshare, Feed the Homeless and the Community of Purpose. This ensures our bread is always achieving positive things.
Where this is not possible our leftover bread goes to local farmers as animal feed in accordance with Defra’s guidelines.
We give away used coffee grounds from our shops to customers for composting.
Minimise energy and water usage and to always choose the greenest option
Our new shops are fuelled by Green Power
Our bakery is lit exclusively by LED lights and where possible are automatic to save energy.
We ensure all our sites minimize noise and light pollution.
To be responsible and efficient so to keep our impact minimal
Our vans meet the Euro Six emission standards and we will look to procure the most efficient vehicles possible going forward.
We monitor the number of baskets of bread per mile we deliver and aim for this to improve by 5% year on year.
Our forklift used in the bakery is electric.
We use our wholesale distributors where possible to reduce the impact environmentally of transportation.
Where possible, we use phone calls instead of travelling to meet customers and colleagues at our shops, however we do feel it is important for us to have face to face meetings too, but we car share or take the train wherever possible.
We provide work experience opportunities for charities through work with Mencap and Ruskin Mill College.
For the first time in 2017 we decided to work closely with one local school. We worked with Tyndale School in Yate and taught every child to bake a loaf and gave them the ingredients to bake another at home.
We support all our staff with their own fundraising through a matched giving scheme.
We support Grace Network in Stroud, that support those in need in the Stroud area.
Where possible we support local charities, schools and events through our shops.
At Hobbs House Bakery we support the Toilet Twinning campaign by the Tearfund charity, helping to provide clean water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education to those in need around the world. https://www.toilettwinning.org
We work with Destination Europe to offer work placements for foreign students. We are currently working with two young French bakers.
We offer a Cycle to Work scheme, supporting our staff to reduce their commuting carbon emissions, by paying for bikes on an interest free loan.
A number of employees run the Sodbury Slog every year. This past year it was used to raise money for a new defibrillator outside our bakery.
We are looking into introducing a volunteer day, so all of our people can take a day to work for the good of others.