Thoughtful Bread Company is England’s First “Sustainable” Bakery

The Thoughtful Bread Company, an “eco-bakery” located in South West England, has an old-school way of doing things. The business has very strong environmentally friendly initiatives and, according to one of its owners, Duncan Glendinning, the Company is England’s first fully sustainable bakery. He says it is part of a generation of ethical businesses that concentrate on sustainability, rather than solely on the bottom line.

Glendinning says that markers of success for The Thoughtful Bread Company are not money or turnover, but good feedback from customers. And apparently it’s pretty darn good because he nearly sells out of bread just after lunch.

Ingredients from The Thoughtful Bread Company are sourced within a 40-mile radius whenever possible and flavors vary depending on the season. The company also minimize machinery within their facility to help reduce day-to-day impact on the environment.

Aside from ingredients and techniques though, nearly all of the refuse in The Thoughtful Bread Company is recycled. While about 1,000 loaves are baked per week, this only generates one single bag of landfill waste, which mostly consists of plastics. All of the garbage, including compost, is tracked in a log, and leftover bread is donated to a local homeless shelter.

Glendinning started The Thoughtful Bread Company in 2008, which grew from his passion of fresh and local foods, paired with his eco-fundamentalist habits. As he began his research he realized how much a new kitchen would cost and started scavenging timber, piping, and other materials otherwise ending up in the landfill. Glendinning sourced kitchen equipment from restaurants and bakeries all over the country.

What is just as cool, or so we think, about Glendinning’s business is that he barters – definitely an old-school way of doing business. For instance, he barters for local ingredients to keep costs down and to support the local economy. Additionally, he barters with local companies for energy-saving products, which is exactly how he acquired his office computer, which uses 10% less energy than a standard computer.

With our future continuing to move towards supporting more sustainable businesses, Glendinning says that he’s trying to “future-proof” his business as well.

Via: More Intelligent Life.

Kara is 3p's writer from New England. In her Newport, RI community, Kara is the organizer of Green Drinks Newport, is a member of Newport's Energy & Environment Commission, is a volunteer for the Neighborhood Energy Challenge, Norman Bird Sanctuary, and has also volunteered as a panelist for Rhode Island Farmways, speaking to farmers from around the state about how they can better market and promote their businesses. Beyond the moat that surrounds her island home, Kara has backpacked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire too many times to count and she hopes her next adventure will be to ski the gnarly Tuckerman's Ravine. Kara is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, a graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School and in real life, she is a public relations director who'd just plain like to see the world a greener place. Kara has been writing for since January 2005 and began writing for 3p in January 2010.