Businesses can be a force for good. We're a social enterprise, which means we put purpose (in our case, the planet) before profit.
Gather isn't here to make a quick buck, but to make a difference. At least half our profits will go into either growing our customer offer or donating to environmental charities. We only work with people who think the same way we do. And while we believe organic is best, we'll still always aim to be affordable.
We get all our products from as nearby as possible.
Of course, with no rice paddies on the Rye or bulghur growing on Bellenden, sometimes we have to go a little farther. And we do stock a handful of products from abroad, but they have to be super special and have no equivalent in the UK.
If you think we've missed a more local option, tell us and we'll check it out.
Our passion for our purpose doesn't stop at our products.
Aside from the food dispensers and the table legs, our store furniture is repurposed seconds. So are almost all our electronics.
We bank ethically. Our energy is 100% renewable. We aim to be carbon neutral in year three. And we never throw away food that can be eaten.
We don’t push perfection. Natural is better for the planet, but it's impossible to be completely 'zero waste'. If we can help a lot of people make a small change, we’ll be happy.
Everything adds up, and even Gather isn't 'perfect'. The store isn’t vegan, a handful of the things we sell contain (whisper it) plastic and our ground coffee comes in packaging (although don't worry: it's compostable).