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.
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.
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.
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.
Ten years ago we had a fleet of company cars and the combined mileage was in excess of 180,000 per year. By a thorough review and careful planning, we now have two company cars, one of which is a hybrid, and the mileage is currently a combined 40,000. The Internet is a powerful tool we are using to avoid travel to meetings, both at home and abroad. Use of video links for talks with suppliers and customers is becoming an increasing part of our programme of activities to minimise our carbon footprint. Where flying is unavoidable, when we can, we use air flight carriers that neutralise their carbon footprint as part of their policy.
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.