Here at Cheese Etc, The Pangbourne Cheese Shop, we are trying to be as environmentally friendly as we can be. We purchased a refrigerated electric van in 2020 to be able to do all our local deliveries with zero emissions. We also installed solar panels around our home, so the van is charged using solar power. Its fridge is fully electric as well and we are very pleased that we made this investment. We also use compostable paper to wrap our cheeses in and we recycle as much as we can from the shop. All the cardboard we accumulate as well as any plastic trays our products are delivered in are recycled. We have also just sourced some biodegradable plastic wrap for our small goats’ cheeses. All we need now is to find a top quality, biodegradable cling film to use in the counter and we’d be all set!
We have also opened a second shop in Pangbourne with the aim to help our customers reduce their packaging needs too. The Loose Larder is a small refill store in the heart of Pangbourne providing a wide range of unpackaged food such as pasta, rice, grains, cereals, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, loose teas, and coffee ground while you wait. We have had lots of positive feedback from customers, and we hope that its new website (thelooselarder.co.uk) will help to spread the word as well. We are keen to expand the range that the Larder stocks and welcome ideas from customers so that it becomes a community hub for more sustainable shopping