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We are acutely aware of the planet changing around us and are concerned, like everyone else, about the challenges, such as climate change, facing all of us. It is very clear to us that this natural world only has finite resources, and it reinforces our desire to build sustainability into every aspect of our business.

This translates into using recycled glass in our bottles from leading manufacturers, which can in turn be recycled after use. Additionally, significant thought has gone into the type of packaging that we use. The internal packaging is made from moulded fibre (which is 100% recyclable) and the outer protective layer of our packaging is made from 100% recyclable cardboard.

Outside of Swan Knight Distillery, it is great to see many initiatives being championed by Bedford Borough Council. There is more information on the Bedford Borough Council Sustainability Projects web page and covers the proposed Green Technology and Innovation Park, Boatslide Hydro Power facility and other renewable and conservation projects. The Mayor's Climate Change Fund provides match funding, up to £20,000, for sustainability improvements to community buildings.

In Cambridgeshire, the county council offers advice for residents, including how to calculate their carbon footprint. More details can be found on their web site  covering climate change, nature and the sustainable environment.

Further afield, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership covers Suffolk and Norfolk. It works with education institutions, businesses and local authorities, in order to drive economic growth for the region with a focus on sustainability. The LEP talks more about their vision of "Clean Growth for Business" on their web site.

Overall, it feels like there is considerable support at a local level for protecting our natural world and making everything that we do more sustainable.

Windmill on natural Norfolk Broads near Wroxham - nature at its most tranquil
Widely Recycled logo - sustainability with the natural world