Cytoplan is British owned, independent, and owned by a charitable foundation. Our mission has always been to impart knowledge to individuals in order that they are empowered to make choices in the field of nutrition.
Our overall aim is to help with optimising the health of the nation, and this is the goal of the charitable foundation that owns our shares.
One of the main outcomes from the loss of biodiversity on the planet, through intensive farming etc, has been the loss to people of many mineral nutrients. In supplying “Food State” products, we believe we help redress this nutrition imbalance in people in the best way possible.
Our environmental policy
Realistically, whether as an individual or as a company, we all make an environmental impact. However, it is our choice whether we make the effort to address the issue, and if so, with what dedication. Here at Cytoplan we are environmentally conscious, and have an ongoing commitment to changes as and when they become available. We are all stewards of the planet and hold it in trust for future generations.
Recycling and packaging
We are keenly aware of the importance of recycling. We pack our products in either cardboard or paper envelopes. Minimal packaging is employed. All cardboard is made from recycled materials. Our packaging material is made from potato starch. This is suitable for domestic or municipal compost, and it dissolves in water. We actively recycle our waste paper and other materials. In our canteen we even recycle the plastic packaging materials from employee’s food and drinks containers.
We aspire to be environmentally-friendly in all we do wherever possible and we have hence been looking at the pots we use for our supplements with a view to changing away from plastic as soon as a viable and better alternative was available. We have almost achieved this but more information is emerging over the drawbacks in the material used in the ethical pots and also legislation has just been agreed which is pushing things things in another direction.
- Whilst we have sourced some biobased pots made from plant and plastic and were doing moisture testing ahead of starting to use these it has emerged that these pots are neither biodegradable nor reclycable. Although the material is considered ethical as it comes from waste byproducts of the sugar cane industry, they are not an ethical alternative for our pots as long as they are neither biodegradable nor recyclable. Moreover to degrade them after use they are burnt (for energy) but this process carries a high carbon footprint.
- There is Government legislation planned for May 2020, regarding limiting plastic content to 3 types ONLY, PP, PET and HDPE as these are the most recyclable. They can be crushed and made back into pots again with any heat or processing. Our current pots are HDPE which are the most recyclable.
- Hence we are not looking to change, as effectively we are doing the best thing possible at this moment in time. But we are in touch with both the legislators and trade sources and exploring all other emerging options
- There is such a demand from consumers for packaging materials NOT to be made plastic and to be totally recyclable that we are certain with a year there will be more and better options available for us to use.
- We will keep you updated as things move on
We have considerably reduced the volume of paper used thanks to communicating via email.We welcome orders sent via our websites. All waste is kept to a minimum and the maximum possible is recycled locally. All lights, electrical appliances, computers, are switched off when not in use. All our printed material is on paper from sustainable forests, and the inks used in all our mailshots are 70% sourced from soya beans.The fax and printer toner cartridges are recycled through Brother and Hewlett Packard’s Planet Partners scheme. There is a recycling bin in every office. All old office furniture and machinery is either donated to a local charity or offered on the freecycle website. The paper toiletries we use are offset by a tree replanting programme and our cleaning materials are environmentally friendly.
All our raw materials are sourced with sensitivity to local circumstances. We seek to ensure that sensitivity is employed in all aspects of the manufacture and transportation of our products.
As part of our ethos we are active in this area. A number of our projects include: a variety of activities in northeast India, amongst orphanages and local communities, including selfempowerment opportunities, and healthcare for the poor. In Africa we are involved in feeding programmes and research concerning HIV and nutrition. Closer to home we are helping with the renovation of our local village pond to encourage wildlife.
Food supplements do not qualify for the ‘Fair Trade’ logo: however, we actively support this principle.We make available fair-trade products including tea and coffee for our personnel.
Our unique Food State nutrients, where vitamins and minerals are grown into food concentrates in a process that replicates Nature, is also environmentally friendly. The same is true of the Wholefood and Biofood ranges. In fact, all our products meet this criterion.