WEDGEWOOD IS PLASTIC NEUTRAL
The Litterboom Project started in 2017 as an alternative to beach clean-ups, by focusing on river systems and establishing these interception devices (larger HDPE pipes) to prevent floating plastics from flushing down river and into the ocean. 80% of marine plastic pollutions come from the rivers and by creating these catchment mechanisms, they became a more efficient way to stop the plastic pollution. Since our pilot in 2017, we have grown into over 10 major river systems around South Africa, with a presence in Cape Town and Durban.
Our long term objective is to establish a working value-chain eco-system within under-serviced communities to minimise the total waste that accumulates in these areas, to mitigate the risk of it landing in our rivers and oceans. A sharp focus needs to be on land based interception, such as reclaimer programmes- informal waste collectors- and waste beneficiation programmes- waste to product initiatives- with the focus on increasing the value of plastic waste, so that it is not perceived as waste at all.
The BIG Plan - all manufacturers take responsibly for the plastic they use, help fund Waste Innovation Centres, create a value for plastic litter, incentivise "wastepreneurs" to collect... no more litter.
At the centre of these programmes lies education, alongside improved infrastructure to support the retention and correct disposal of plastic within these highly polluted communities.
The important thing about honey...
For the past decade, Wedgewood has been working to create sustainable beekeeping partnerships with African beekeepers and farmers, to ensure that the bees making our honey live happy lives and that the communities that care for them benefit from this valuable African resource. Wedgewood supports local beekeepers in the picturesque Northern KZN Rift Valley, practicing ethical beekeeping practices and using hives donated by Wedgewood. Our Zambian honey originates from the sustainably harvested beekeeping project in the Miombo Woodland. This bee project follows modern beekeeping practices, which protects against the destruction of bees and deforestation. Seasoned apiarist, Matt Walker, runs the Miombo Woodland project, where he educates trainee beekeepers in environmentally friendly, sustainable beekeeping practices.
Miombo woodland Multi Flora, Single Origin Honey - Zambia
This beautiful rich, dark honey originates from the Miombo Woodlands of Zambia. Bees forage for pollen from the many woodland flora species found in this protected area, to create this warm-toned botanical honey. Expect to experience a rich floral signature honey taste, with slight citrus after notes.
Miombo woodland julbernardia paniculata, single origin, single source honey - Zambia
This pale golden honey has a mild floral signature taste, with strong aniseed after notes. This honey is brought to you in its natural state (with all the goodness from the hive). Miombo Woodland single source honey granulates readily to create a creamy, fudge-like texture at room temperature. Stand in warm water to return to its fluid form.
Julbernardia paniculata - Macadamia Honey
This limited batch, bee-friendly Zambian honey has botanical and strong citrus notes. It granulates fairly quickly. Harvested in May only.
Brachystegia - Zambian Honey
This linited batch, Brachystegia bee friendly honey is delightfully rich, with light citrus notes and a hint of mint and blackberries. It is harvested in October only.
Two years ago, we constructed our own bespoke nut cracking facility on the Wedgewood farm, to secure the finest nuts for our nougat. Our relationships with our partnering farmers have been so successful that we are now able to offer high quality nuts, surplus to our own needs, to other confectionery manufacturers for local and export markets.
Although our facility is small, we make use of the latest technology and methods to ensure the finest quality product. This process includes colour sorters, optimal drying temperatures to protect the delicate oils and flavour, and onsite chemical and microbiological testing. Once the kernels have passed our stringent testing and sorting process they are flushed with gas and vacuum packed for optimal shelf-life and freshness. Every delivery is issued with detailed Certificates of Analysis and comes with our own Personal Quality Assurance.
Here at Wedgewood Crafted Confectionery, we are not only concerned with the quality of the ingredients that go into our confectionery, we are committed to ensuring the environmental sustainability of our company, the welfare of our people and the support of our local South African farmers. Our bespoke facility means we can help farmers get the best overall return for their crop, whilst giving our company access to the best quality nuts, at optimal prices.