Our company is committed to finding more ways to be environmentally friendly and to do our bit to help the environment. Over the years, Haigh’s has introduced a number of initiatives that have become part of the way we do business, and we’re continuing to find more ways to be environmentally friendly.
We’ve received a green tick from Greenpeace for sourcing our chocolate making ingredients from non-genetically modified origins.
Underground rainwater tanks
Rainwater falling on our factory roof is collected and stored,then used through our steam boiler system saving many thousands of litres of water per year.
Major action on packaging
Haigh’s is an original signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, an industry and government initiative to reduce the environmental effects of packaging on the environment.
Click to view Haigh’s Chocolates Packaging Covenant Action Plan
Click for more information on the Australian Packaging Covenant.
Our cardboard boxes, glass, paper bags and gift wrapping paper are 100% recyclable. Our 200g Ballotin box tray insert is made from non Genetically Modified corn starch made possible by advanced biopolymer techonology. The tray is fully biodegradable, water dispersible and home compostable.
We develop many keepsake, collectable and reuseable gift items from tinware, fabric bags, glass and wooden containers. In this way we reduce the amount of throw-away packaging and at the same time offer a unique range of ever changing seasonal gifts.
At our warehouse, we bale up the shrink wrap and supply it to a recycled products manufacturer. All other plastic is placed into the plastic recycling bin.
The bubblewrap that protects our products during transport is reused in-house. Any extra, we give free of charge to neighbouring businesses to reuse for their packaging.
Bottles, cans, newspapers
Just like you probably do at home, we recycle all of our plastic bottles, milk containers and newspapers once a fortnight through the council. Our aluminium cans are taken to a recycling depot.
At the stores
No plastic bags here – we use biodegradable cellophane bags, wrapping paper and paper bags. And when handling chocolate, our staff use cloth gloves rather than plastic.
Back to base
If no recycling is available locally, our stores, wherever possible, return all our packaging to our head office for appropriate recycling.
We’ve had a close look at the packaging we receive from our suppliers, and where appropriate have suggested new methods to reduce the amount of waste. In some instances, we return packaging to the supplier for recycling.
Our staff are very involved, and offer welcome suggestions on how we can continue to improve our workplace and work practices to benefit the environment.
Our newsletters are printed using a carbon neutral printing process from and environmentally accredited printer using vegetable based inks.