Trade for prosperity

Being green was at the heart of Shed 1 Gin when owners Zoe and Andrew Arnold-Bennett launched in 2016.

Now the business, based in Ulverston on the edge of the Lake District in Cumbria, has committed to be Net Zero by 2030.

Originally started in their garden shed, they opened as a visitor attraction after moving to the Old Calf Shed in the town in 2019.

“When we launched in 2016, we had green issues on our mind, for example our packaging has always been recycled, recyclable and compostable,” explains Zoe. “And as we’ve grown, and now we are in the Old Calf Shed, we’ve tried to continue to put more and more initiatives in place.

“For example, we have a closed system which means that our water is recycled during the distillation process and that means we are saving thousands of litres of water when we distil.

“Now we’re committing to net zero by 2030.”

And they get specific small business support to help keep them on track.

“In 2019 we became Green Small Business certified,” Zoe reveals. “A great chap called Tim Maiden helped us with this and each year he gets in touch, we have an audit, he checks what we are doing, sees what else we could be doing and what other research we have got involved in. It’s a great scheme, it’s really good for small businesses.

“In 2020 we got The Gin Guide’s Environmental Sustainability Award for the things we have been doing and that really did give us a big boost and made us realise we really are on the right track.

“There’s lots more to come and lots more to do, but we can do it and we will do it.”

Offering her advice to other businesses looking to go Net Zero, Zoe says: “We know it’s any small thing that you can do. It can be don’t print out as much paper or turning the lights off when not using them.

“Whatever you can do it’s all going to go towards helping the planet and us to reach this goal.”

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