The company recently took the decision to take its equine dry herbal supplements out of plastic tubs and into Kraft paper bags.  The move has been universally popular with clients and retailers alike and has reduced the company’s 9-tonnes a year plastic consumption by around 60%.  Where could the leading supplement manufacturer go next in terms of increased sustainability?

The answer was to start to cut down on fossil fuel consumption by buying and installing a biomass boiler at the Hilton Herbs HQ in Somerset.  After a lot of research the boiler chosen was the E-Classic Outdoor Furnance, manufactured in the US by Central Boiler and distributed in the UK by Bentley Fire Shop from Colchester in Essex.

The day the boiler arrived was hugely exciting and the installation involved several days of work around the farm to put in pipework and all the associated paraphanalia but finally the installation was complete and the boiler could be fired up.

The boiler will be fuelled by wood from woodlands belonging to Hilton Herbs’ co-founders, Hilary and Tony Self who live on site, and which are managed under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.  The woodlands will supply a virtually unlimited sustainable source of hard wood for the boiler and Hilton Herbs anticipates making savings of over £5,000 a year on oil consumption.