When Janet Sawyer set up her company Littlepod from her kitchen table in East Devon in 2010, little could she have known that within a decade she would have built a brand stocked in supermarkets across the land and established export trade across the globe. But the success of the ethically based firm from Farringdon has been recognised at the highest level being awarded a Queen's Award for Enterprise

Littlepod sheet off the printing press at Atlas Packaging

A new Littlepod box comes off the production line at Atlas Packaging

The award for Sustainable Development was recognition of the firm's approach as the company explains: 

"We take our responsibilities seriously, which is why we strive to ensure that every aspect of what we’re involved in, from pod picking to package recycling, is as sustainable, ethical and conscientious as possible. This is reflected in everything we do, from our choice of supplier to our packaging materials such as aluminium and glass, which are widely recyclable."

10% of sales from Littlepod's online shop also go to a charity from the region where the company gets its vanilla in Madagascar. Receiving the Queen's Award also made it important to place the award logo on to the company's boxes. Atlas Packaging helped with the redesign of the artwork says Tom Sharman from Atlas:

"Achieving something so momentous is a key moment for any firm so we were delighted to help Littlepod place the award on their packaging in an eye catching way. Businesses should always think about redesigning their packaging to celebrate a major achievement. That way they can let customers know that they're buying from a firm doing things right."

Atlas Packaging based in North Devon produces corrugated cardboard packaging for companies of all sizes across sectors such as food and drink, horticulture, automotive and furniture. It shares Littlepod's approach to sustainable business and the company has the environment at the heart of everything it does.