Our Ethical Policy
Gaia’s ethical policy is based on the principles of sustainability,
social justice and non-violence. This is applied to all aspects
of the co-operative. A sustainable business considers its impact
on the environment and its relationship with its suppliers, its
workers and its customers as well as remaining financially viable.
Gaia is run as a workers’ co-operative. It is owned by
the people who work in it. Every worker is equally valued and
takes responsibility for decision making.
Our ideal is to sell food that is both locally and organically
produced. Sometimes, however, it is more sustainable to use local,
non-organic, food than to import something organic. We have a
close relationship with our local suppliers, organic and otherwise.
Where possible we buy fairly traded goods that don’t exploit
farmers in the developing world. Goods with the Fair Trade mark
ensure that some profits go back to the farmers to help them to
improve and develop their farms and communities, rather than to
large global companies who are likely to take the money out of
the country that provided the produce.
Gaia only stocks vegan or vegetarian products.
We only stock cosmetics, soaps and household products that have
not been tested on animals.
Organic farming standards include strict animal welfare requirements.
Gaia aims to stock only products that contain chemicals that
are considered to be safe for human beings and the environment.
We are happy to re-evaluate the products we stock if new evidence
about their contents is brought to our attention.
Gaia aims to trade with companies that have established ethical
policies. We prefer to trade with other co-operatives whenever
We aim to minimize our impact on the environment. We use minimal
packaging, while meeting food hygiene requirements. We compost
our fruit and vegetable waste.
The Action 21 Recycling Directory found that Gaia sells more recycled
products than anywhere else in the area.
We deliver vegetable bags by bicycle when possible. Members of
the co-op are encouraged to walk or cycle to work.
Our customers are a vital to us, quite apart from their financial
contribution. We are always trying to improve our service to you,
and welcome suggestions about new products that might be appropriate
for the co-operative to stock.
Unfortunately we are not able to fit a ramp given the structure
of the entrance to the shop and the flats. However we offer free
home delivery service to any disabled person in the area of Leamington
and its surroundings. These deliveries are on Friday afternoon
and we can take orders on the phone, please get in touch if you
are interested in this service.