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Here at Honeybuns we're not just concerned with baking beautifully crafted cakes.

BeeGreen is Honeybuns enviromental initiatives

Honeybuns is environmentally aware and dedicated to having the least harmful effect on the environment. 

Housed on a converted dairy farm, the bakery endeavours to work in a way that encourages wildlife and helps protect the natural wildlife. 

Honeybuns gluten free Bakery for foodservice and casual dining

The old buildings have been gently adapted to accomodate our gluten free bakery. The Bee Shack, our team meeting and eating room, used to be a chicken shed. Naish Farm still looks and feels like a farm. 

Our Bee Green initiative was founded by us in 2009. It strives to operate the bakery in an environmentally positive way. 

In this video, Emma talks about the  green  initiatives we run at the bakery, and our plans for the future as we continue to seek out greener alternatives across our business.

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On site nature reserve

Our bakery is nestled in 5 acres of Dorset countryside which we run as a nature reserve. It's home to birds, bees, butterflies, insect and a mini herd of rescue animals. The 'sward' or pasture is maintained by our motley crew of beloved pony and charismatic donkeys. They bring lots of love and affection to our working week and look a bit like an off duty circus. Come and see them on our pop-up shop days.

nature reserve

We love bees panel

We love Bees

We love bees and have planted many gorgeous looking and smelling herb and flower beds here at the farm. We wanted as many of the plants as possible to be tasty to humans as well as to birds, bees and butterflies. Take a look at what we're doing to encourage bees at Naish Farm. 

Over 2000 trees planted around our bakery in the nature reserve

Since 2014 we've planted over 2000 trees and hedging plants. We've installed nest boxes, bat boxes and bug habitats. The nature reserve is maintained organically and hedges are traditionally laid.

Dorset Wildlife Trust logo

We support Dorset Wildlife Trust by supplying cakes for their North Dorset group meetings. Money raised from sales contributes towards funds for their conservation work. 

Good egg award

 

Animal Welfare

When sourcing ingredients, animal welfare is one of our top priorities. We were awarded the Compassion in World Farming Good Egg Award in recognition to our ongoing commitment to only use cage-free eggs. We have Vegan Society endorsement for all our vegan products.

Recycling our packaging

Cake board inserts used in our individually wrapped cakes are recyclable. They are made from card from a sustainable source, and printed with vegetable-based inks. They're laminated with food safe laminate that doesn't compromise the breakdown of the cardboard.

The outer polypropelene film wrapper is not currently recyclable at kerbside. We are busy trying to find an environmentally friendly film to wrap our cakes that can be safely frozen without cracking. We feel it won't be long but if you can help please do contact us.

Foil trays used for traybakes are recyclable, food grade aluminium alloy.

Cardboard boxes are made from recycled material and printed using solvent-free ink. 

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Recycling at the bakery

All cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, metal, tin and aluminium foil is recycled. We invested in a compressing machine. We can load it with plastics including ingredient buckets, cardboard and anything else that can be recycled, and it turns them into small bales. We use a local recycling service to collect these baled paper, cardboard and plastic. The cardboard is distributed to paper mills, and the plastic is reprocessed. Waste electronic and electrical equipment is handled by a local recycling  company. Our aim is to be almost zero to landfill by 2020.

What else are we doing to      reduce our environmental footprint

solar panels reduce our electricity bills here at Naish Farm

SOLAR PANELS
Solar panels help power our bakery: on a sunny day, up to 40% of what we need.

REDUCED NUMBER OF DELIVERIES
Increased on site storage and bulk buying means fewer deliveries and reduced traffic to and from our site. Outgoing orders are collated and we use one collection/distribution company who collect them in one go.

Naish Farm signage

BAKERY EFFICIENCY
We work hard at producing our cakes as efficiently as possible. With improved efficiency we achieve growth without increasing our power usage by the same proportion. 

Montage of various vibrant beautiful photos of  plants, horses, cockerel, sunflower head, cakes and tomatoes.
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