Foxford – Our Sustainability and Values
Foxford is an indigenous Irish company, in existence for over 100 years and committed, as were the Sisters of Charity who founded the business back in 1892, to continually improving the lives of those we touch and reduce the impact on the planet we leave behind for the next generation.
Across all elements of Foxford business, Manufacturing, Wholesale, Tourism, Food and Retail we strive to treat people with fairness, equality, honesty, respect and professionalism.
Foxford strategy is to keep ‘on trend’ and deliver what our customer wants, catering for a broad spectrum of tastes and customer profiles. By staying relevant we will be successful in sustaining our business in the west of Ireland, giving local employment and contributing to the local economy thus keeping this wonderful rural community alive and thriving.
Foxford has built on the legacy which began in 1892 and hands on skills have been passed through generations.
Click the links to see some practical examples of how Sustainability is brought to life at Foxford:
· On the grounds of the Mill at Foxford, as well as our own greenhouse and herb gardens we have planted fruit trees and wild flowers and included bee hotels to encourage pollination and biodiversity.
· We harvest water from the River Moy for non-potable use.
· All our cardboard waste is recycled.
· Foxford throws and scarves are quality timeless pieces, made to last and wool is a sustainable, renewable and biodegradable natural fibre.
· Foxford Woollen Mills is a ‘vertical operation’ – this means that warping, weaving and finishing of our products all take place on site giving us complete control over our standards and reducing our environmental footprint.
· We focus on eco-efficiency, complying with legislation directives such as WEEE, reducing energy consumption by regular servicing and maintenance of the plant in our Mill and managing the reuse, recycling and disposal of systems beyond their useful working life.
· The majority of our online customer orders are delivered from our warehouse in Foxford, Co Mayo by DPD Ireland who are committed to 100% carbon neutral deliveries.
· Our main bed linen and filled product (duvets, pillows) suppliers are committed to environmental sustainability and comply with Oeko-Tex Standard 100 (which means that products are free from harmful chemicals) and other relevant certification. They are members of Sedex, one of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, working to improve working conditions in global supply chains. This is the benchmark for good industrial standards of employment, sourcing and production.
· We work with vendors and suppliers to reduce the volume of packaging and waste.
· A Foxford Gift Box, as well as being a delight to open, is sturdy and reusable.
· Foxford Café uses only compostable cups and takeaway boxes and cutlery.
· Foxford Jams, Chutneys and Dressings are in glass bottles, fully recyclable and reusable.
· Foxford Café chiller cabinet stocks only glass bottles, no plastics.
· We serve ‘Bristot’ coffee. Bristot are members of the Sustainable Agricultural Network and 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified.
· We endeavour to engage local contractors, trades and suppliers as far as possible, taking into consideration their own environmental performance and policies.
· We make every effort to know and understand where the products we sell have originated and support ‘Green’, ‘Local’ and small business where possible.
· Foxford Café retail area supports a wide range of Irish producers – from Achill Island Sea Salt, Richmond Cordial Company, Hadji Bey and local bee- keepers Knocknarea Honey and Nephin Beg Honey.
· We use local food suppliers in our community and promote their business by giving them a place on our story board in the Café; Clarkes of Ballina, Co Mayo for our fish, Clives Butchers, Foxford, Dozios Cheese from Ballaghadereen, Co Mayo.
· We provide a commitment to our local food suppliers to buy in bulk so that they can guarantee a better price and we can keep it affordable for our customers, thus supporting the wider economy.
· We purchase weekly gluts of vegetables and leaves from the local organic gardens at Enniscoe House, lowering our carbon footprint, cutting down on waste and packaging and keeping our menu seasonal.
· We have made a commitment to using Clare Island Organic Salmon on our menus.
· We keep Foxford heritage alive through our guided tours which tell the story of the Mill and the Café walls are adorned with the history of the Mill from its foundress and key figures in the success of the Mill to the original maps and plans for the building and old photographs which tell the story of the rich heritage of the Mill and its importance to the town of Foxford.
· We employ fair working practices and support the wellness of our employees.
· Foxford continues to support local talent and education through part time, seasonal employment for students as well as short term work experience opportunities.
· We ensure regulatory compliance across all areas of our business, the Health and Safety of employees and customers, food safety across production and manufacturing, and data protection – how we store and use customer and supplier information to ensure maximum privacy and confidentiality.
· In keeping with the legacy of the Sisters of Charity Foxford works with a chosen charity partner each year as well as supporting smaller local initiatives and fundraising efforts.
· Cloth cut offs from the Mill are supplied to local charities for re-use.
· We offer healthy food alternatives, catering for an array of dietary requirements, with ingredients sourced locally from artisan food producers and local gardeners, including our own green house, salad beds and orchard.