Monthly archives "May 2014"

Ethical re-opening

I announced on Friday that the Ethical Co-op was closing, but, after some reconsideration, Anique has decided to keep Ethical going. Anique has been running much of the day-to-day operations since joining in 2012, and will be able to keep things running smoothly as I move on.

There has been a huge outpouring of support, with many hundreds of comments and emails. Thank you for all the kind words. It’s good to know that the vision of inspiring the community through authentic food and products has been appreciated by so many, and will now be continuing under Anique’s guidance.

Ethical will be closed for orders this week, but will re-open to receive orders for next week with Anique at the helm.

Bringing the journey to an end

This is a short announcement that the Ethical Co-op, after nine years of trading, is closing. We began in 2005 and over the years the original members have all left. I was the last one still involved.

I haven’t been closely involved recently, and decided to step away. With no one else in a position to keep things running, I have chosen to close the Ethical Co-op.

It’s sad news for the staff, some of whom have been involved for many years, or who only work for Ethical a few days a week. It’s sad as well for the farmers and suppliers that we’ve supported, many of whom rely heavily on Ethical. If anyone knows of any opportunities for some excellent warehouse staff I can highly recommend, please let me know.

It’s a different world to when we started. At that time there was very little organic produce available, and one of the reasons for our foundation was so that we could get the best food brought to us rather than us each driving all around to track it down. Now, much of the products we offer are widely available elsewhere, from many different sources.

So, it’s time to bring the journey to an end. There’ll be more details for suppliers that we owe, or customers with credits, as we sort out the closing finances, but please have patience, as it will take some time to go through everything.

Thanks everyone for all the support over the years, and wishing you all a thriving future full of healthy and ethical food.

With love,
Ian