Why we do it
Life is short. We want to look forward to Monday morning. We want our work to be interesting and intriguing. The alchemy that transforms flour and water into life sustaining bread is awesome. We want our employees to be fulfilled and our customers delighted. We want to work with our community, to talk to people, to give them a choice, to make them smile. We want to treat others the way we would want them to treat us. We want to make a fair and responsible profit. We believe small is beautiful. We want to tread lightly and not destroy the future for our children. We want to be proud of what we do. And we want to make the best food that we can, the food of the body and the soul.
We’re proud to pay all Mark’s Bread staff the living wage. As part of our commitment to this, we are fully certified by the Living Wage Foundation, who are at the heart of the campaign for the idea that a hard day’s work deserves fair pay.
Keeping waste to a minimum is important to us, as is using local suppliers and quality organic ingredients. We sell yesterday's bread at half price and use leftover pastries to become today's sought after almond croissant!
We are committed to recycling and shrinking our waste, quite literally sometimes! We use steam to help us crush our plastic containers so that they take up less room in the bin. We bag up our used coffee grounds and tea leaves in the café and give them away to our customers to use in their composts. Find out more about composting with coffee.
Our wholesale customers have their bread from us delivered by bicycle. The cargo bike we use has been specially designed and made in Bristol for us by 'Rodford Built' and won the Constructor's Challenge award at 2015's bike festival 'Bespoked'.
From January 2018 we aim to support 'Young Minds' as our chosen charity, as much as we can. Young Minds is a small charity that does amazing work to support young people with mental health issues. To find out more visit the YoungMinds website.
We have supported Conductive Education Bristol since August 2014. 'CE Bristol' offers free conductive education session to families of children with cerebral palsy and similar motor disorders.