Sustainable September is a month-long exploration of sustainability in every form it comes in - even in the form of cakes!
I love a national month or awareness day... and what better than the environmentally friendly ones? It got me re-considering the impact For Goodness Cake has on the natural world and how I can reduce it further.
1. My cakes don't come wrapped in plastic.
I used recyclable cardboard cupcake boxes (still looking for good cupcake boxes which don't have a plastic window though...) and cardboard cake boxes and boards. If I do need some sort of wrap, I always use foil which can be recycled very easily.
2. Vegan customers (and therefore vegan cake) are my largest audience.
These cakes - obviously - have no dairy in them, which makes their carbon footprint that much smaller. Cows and dairy farming are significant contributors to global warming, so using non-dairy milk reduces this.
3. All my food waste is recycled via the local council's scheme.
Fairtrade (which in itself is beneficial to the environment in its way) banana skins, pistachio shells, strawberry tops... in it all goes!
4. My home and business base is powered by a green utilities supplier - find yours here!
Also, on an energy theme, I try to use the oven just once a day, often baking my cakes just before putting the dinner on to save re-heating the oven.
5. I deliver and also shop (where possible) locally...
... doing all my errands and cake deliveries in one hit, reducing the need for individual trips. My brother has an electric Mini, which I am insanely envious of, but for now, my super unleaded Corsa will have to do. Could be worse... could be better!
6. All my recyclable waste is put in our recycling containers.
From empty plastic jars of coconut oil to glass jam jars, I make sure everything I can recycle is recycled. Thanks Monmouthshire Council!
The protection of the environment is a very important aspect of my life and I am proud to have established a relatively 'green' and thriving business.
If you're after more environmental awareness weeks or days, take a look here!
Happy Sustainable September!
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You may remember I've sponsored a toddler and baby class guide for NP26... Here's the latest updates!
Thanks to all involved, it's been so useful for me and lots of other parents and carers I've come across.
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It's finally happened, our house came through - we are now living in Wales!
The business is moving with me, of course, so I bid a fond farewell to Bristol (promising return runs with cake - see below) and welcome a new life in rural Wales!
Moving was more than a challenge, as you may expect, but I had a toddler in tow and a broken foot to contend with on top of all the normal house move stress! Still, we're here now, and cakes are open, and selling well on my new patch.
The link, again, if you wish to know when my monthly return runs to Bristol will be is here: https://lbdm6ghh8lf.typeform.com/to/mtehp0i4
Hope to see you soon!
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I'm an admirer of beautiful front doors in Bristol, making doorstep deliveries so much fun!
So while I tell you why changes to my delivery policy have been introduced, take a look at some of my favourite local front doors (Thanks to a little help from my fave peeps on Instagram).
If you can prove one of these doors is yours, you can have a Victoria Sponge free!
When 280 Bakes first started in 2016, it was a porch sale enterprise only, selling all manner of baked goods.
Within three or four weeks, it became a delivery service to all of Bristol as demand for cupcakes, birthday cakes and traditional homebakes got really high. From that first Autumn I employed a team of home bakers to help support my business, which, at its peak, had six bakers on board.
Then, in March 2019, the business closed temporarily when I had a baby.
âNow 280 Bakes is back, deliveries have changed slightly...
(LOVE this bumble bee door knocker, I neeeeed!)
So, first off, I am now limiting deliveries to doors in the BS9, BS10 and BS11 postcodes. This is mainly because I bloomin' hated driving into central Bristol and further east to deliver in the past - it was once a two hour round trip to get to Kingswood and back! Traffic has been historically abysmal... Let's see what post-lockdown looks like in (hopefully) a few months, but I'd be reluctant to take on a wider area at the moment.
I also have limited the patch I deliver to because I need and want to be home more. My baby is a total delight, and I want to spend time with her. I also have extra baby-related responsibilities - like the nursery drop offs - so I can't be too far away some days/times. That's fair, I think!
Lastly, CakeOD is no longer a 'thing' for 280 Bakes. I sold the trademark name for my same day service in the Spring last year and don't, as a rule, do same-day deliveries any more.
Saying that, if you're desperate and in my delivery zone, do try me - I may have a quiet day and a long baby nap to bake through! Please note, this is generally more possible for traditional homebakes than birthday cakes and cupcakes, but never say never!
So that's the reason why I've limited delivery of my delicious cakes to around a four mile radius. The Bristol Channel doesn't accept deliveries, obviously, but I cover Southmead, Westbury-on-Trym, Sea Mills, Lawrence Weston, Avonmouth, Henbury, Brentry...
And of course, the deliveries are socially distanced. I leave the cake on the doorstep and ring the bell, standing back while the customer collects their treat.
Oh, go on then, one more wonderful door!
Every month until Christmas (yes, I said the C word!), I'm going to give a local area an exclusive offer for a week.
Everyone loves a deal - first up, Seamills residents!
Please share the deal with any of your friends who live in the area. Thank you!
Choose from all of the cakes available:
- traditional homebakes (e.g. coffee, chocolate, carrot...)
- buttercream birthday cakes
Vegan and gluten free available, as always, on request and at no extra cost. Keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter to see which Bristol area will be next to save precious pennies on their cake orders!
Thank you for taking a look at my blog this week, it is much appreciated xxx
We'll be at a local event this week, serving hotdogs and home baked cake!
Missed out on trying a sample from the Foodies Festival? We've posted the recipe for the vegan chocolate Guinness cake on our blog so you can try it yourself. And if you don't fancy baking, just contact us to order one!
Big thanks to Charlotte White at Restoration Cake and the Foodies Festival team for inviting us along. See you again, we hope!
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