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Sustainability and ESG Strategy

July 11, 2023

We strive to be responsible in everything we do. Thankfully we know this is important to you, with conscious consumers on the rise. Our commitment involves all areas of business from where you create, what we teach, what we serve, to minimising waste.

Healthy Building

25% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the built environment – the construction, running, and demolition of buildings. As Goldfinch is a new building we decided from the start it had to be built with this in mind and so we chose Passivhaus. Passivhaus is synonymous with the best all-season comfort, environmentally green,  coupled with the lowest running costs. Clean air and comfortable room temperatures all year round. Not only is PassivHaus good for the environment, it’s good for you too, creating a healthy workshop to create in. There are lots of construction and household products which contain VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and which ‘off gas’ into the air we breathe, with potential health implications. We’ve tried to use only low- or no-VOC materials in the construction of our cafe.

Nature Inspired

Our mission is to give you and your family a space to use your imaginations, connect, and make art inspired by nature, while doing what we can to help take care of the planet. 

At Goldfinch our classes are structured around inspiring creativity linked to the natural environment. Think Forest school meets the art class!  We are here to teach and learn from each other. We believe reinforcing a connection to nature helps develop children’s imagination.

What we serve

Our food and drinks are all locally sourced, where possible. We have chosen partners with sustainability at their core, from zero packaging to organic fruit, this is who’ll be supplying your tasty treats and drinks. 

Get Ballzy – Vegan and gluten free power snacks.

Forthay Granola – Breakfast bowls (Yogurt and granola, and bircher muesli). All 100% natural, with no additives, no refined sugar and contain a maximum of 45% jumbo oats and cereals in every bag.

Hobbs House – Freshly baked Croissants

Bosh Kitchens – Supplying tasty cakes and delicious tahini biscuits.

TripleCo – Delicious coffees and hot drinks.

Reusable cups by Huskee – Functional and beautiful products that utilise waste and recycled material to enable the transition to a waste-free world.

Waste

Eat & Drink

At Goldfinch we are not promoting a ‘disposable/ takeaway culture.’ We’d love you to sit, relax and enjoy a hot drink in one of our gorgeous mugs made by our resident ceramic artist, Rebecca Finnerty. If you’d like to takeaway we offer reusable cups with a rewards scheme! 

Our pick and mix scoops are package free and served in biodegradable brown paper bags.  

We send back all our food delivery packaging for reuse. We only select food and drinks where we know the packaging is reusable or recyclable.

Workshop

We get most of our art supplies from the Scrapstore, a  reuse charity dedicated to helping businesses divert reusable waste away from the landfill. 

We try as far as possible to select art supplies that are refillable, repurposable, reusable and we’re always on the lookout for more sustainable options.

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