We also wanted to develop our own brand, having previously only produced for others. And so Cesca Gifts was born, named after our daughter and fellow shareholder, Francesca.
So why make in the UK when it is possibly cheaper to make elsewhere? That is a question that we at Cesca Gifts wrestled with when starting out on our journey. For us it soon became clear. We wanted to build a brand that was ethical, produced sustainably and one we could be proud of.
To that end we only supply vegan friendly products, our paper stock is post-consumer waste recycled, and we do not use any plastic in our packaging. Our production is ISO14001 accredited for good environmental management. We offer a biodegradable range, BioD, and a brand new range called Como that is entirely made from recycled plastic bottles. Being UK made, our products have low carbon footprint, and local manufacturing means the energy we use is 47% renewable, a figure way above the largely coal fired power in much of the Far East.
We also wanted to have control and flexibility, to be able to offer a wider choice of colours and materials so that we could produce to changing demands. We want to offer personalisation and, above all, we want our brand to represent something. We stand for affordable, sustainable, well made and well designed products that celebrate not only where we came from but also where we are going.