We are always happy to hear from any of you surplus superstars, leftover lovers and the food-waste fighters. Whether you have a question, suggestion or complaint, please get in touch using the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible! Alternatively, you can write to us at:

Rubies in the Rubble
The Handbag Factory

 

What is Rubies in the Rubble?

So glad you asked! Rubies in the Rubble is an award-winning brand of delicious condiments made from ingredients that would otherwise be wasted as a way of raising awareness about food waste and the need to value our food supply.

What products do you sell?

We have a range of delicious relishes, ketchups and vegan mayos! To shop or learn more about our products, please click on the 'Shop our Sauces' tab. 

What is the story behind the name?

Rubies in the Rubble was originally a  play on the phrase 'diamond in the rough' and it was from seeing a bounty of great fresh produce being discarded that I thought – there is treasure in this bounty. It may have a short shelf-life but I can turn it into something that will extend its life and value!

It's about valuing things that are often over-looked. Where some see Rubble, we see Rubies!

Why do we care about food waste?

Today, approximately 1/3 of all food produced on our planet is wasted - either in transit (from field to consumer) or thrown by consumers buying too much and discarding the excess.

In total that’s 1.3 billion tonnes of food being wasted each year representing 3.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted from its production (growing, harvesting, transporting, and packaging). And just to put 3.3bn metric tons of CO2 in perspective; if food-waste were a country, it would be the world's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind the U.S. and China. [1]

Therefore, as we explore ways of controlling global warming, and whilst food waste accounts for such a great portion of our CO2 emissions, is it not a logical step to address reducing our food waste footprint more closely?

To better manage what we already have rather than looking for solutions elsewhere?

Eradicating un-necessary food waste would not only impact carbon emissions, it would have other benefits and knock on effects including world hunger, political stability and preservation of our natural resources.

Deforestation is a large concerns when addressing global warming.

Forests play a critical role in regulating our climate and are the 2nd largest store of carbon (after the oceans). But when cleared and burnt – predominantly to grow crops - our forests turn from a carbon store to carbon-dioxide in our atmosphere.

Large-scale deforestation can be prevented through better, smarter agriculture[2]. While we waste 1/3 of food, we are required to grow 1.3times as much as we need to feed the planet, all of which demands farmland, and thus putting forests at risk.[3] 

Therefore the way we produce and consume food needs to change for the sustainability of our resources and future food supply. Currently we produce enough food to feed everyone on our planet today and the 2.5 billion more people to come in the next 35 years. Yet by the way its currently managed, one would never know. We have to waste less and feed more.

In my opinion, in developed countries, a big part of this is the need for us to change our attitude towards food – to see it as a precious, natural resource that needs to be enjoyed and treasured. We need to re-address use-by dates, as well as planning and caring for what we have in homes, retail and restaurants better. For developing countries, it involves looking at infrastructure to improve storage, transportation and communication around supply and demand / availability of markets.

We also each have a responsibility to ourselves, to only take sufficient amounts of food that we want to eat and to finish what we have on our plate.

The solution is within our grasp.

[1] http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3347e/i3347e.pdf

[2] John Mandyck, the chief sustainability officer of United Technologies in Davos 2015

[3] John Mandyck, the chief sustainability officer of United Technologies in Davos 2015

Do you have any tips for wasting less food?

Our simple tips for cutting down food waste at home would be:  

- know what’s in your fridge and when you shop, make a shopping list so that you only buy what you actually need.

- plan recipes or meals around what you have. Get creative, substitute ingredients in recipes to incorporate what you have.

- and use your freezer well...

people often don’t use their freezers enough – it keeps everything fresh for the time you need it so theres never a reason for throwing away half a loaf or extra stew. Make fruit or veg into a fruit compote or soup and freeze it for another day.

How can I stay up-to-date with what Rubies are up to?

You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also email us at info@rubiesintherubble.com or subscribe to our newsletter.

I'd like to suggest a recipe for Rubies to make!

Great, we're always looking for recipes and would love to hear any suggestions. Please email sophie@rubiesintherubble.com with you recipe, method and any photos you have and we'll try to post it on our recipes page and social channels. 

I have an idea for a condiment flavour!

Great! The wackier, the better! Please send any ideas to info@rubiesintherubble.com

Obviously, our ability to make it depends on the availability of food surplus, but we will sure try our best! 

Are you stocked in countries outside the UK?

For the moment, we are only available in the UK, however, we are looking to expand, so please stay connected! 

How long will my package take to arrive?

If you choose standard delivery, your package will take anywhere between 3 and 5 working days. Please don't hesitate to contact us if your order hasn't arrived after 5 days!

How is the delivery price calculated?

The delivery price is calculated based on the weight of your order. Anything below 2kg (anything below around 4-5 jars) can go via Royal Mail. For this service you can choose either a standard or a next day delivery option.
If your order is above 2kg then it will need to go via courier which carries a higher price, however this service is always a next day delivery so you will receive your package sooner!

Do you deliver on weekends or bank holidays?

As we are only a teeny tiny team, orders are not processed on Saturdays, Sundays, nor bank holidays.

What time is your cut off for next day delivery?

Orders must be placed before 11am to receive your order the next working day.

Can I track my order?

Unfortunately, at the moment, this isn't a feature that we can include in our orders. If you have a query about your delivery then don't hesitate to contact ava@rubiesintherubble.com and I can share tracking details with you.

Are you products gluten-free?

Yes! Our whole range of products are gluten free

Are your products suitable for vegans?

Yes indeedy! Even our mayos are vegan-friendly!

Are Rubies jars recyclable?

Yes! All our jars and bottles are recyclable and upcyclable. Please follow our Instagram/Twitter/Facebook accounts for inspiration on how to upcycle your Rubies jars. If you want to share your ideas, please post a photo with the #upcyclejar hashtag and tag us in it. We are always looking for new ideas and will repost anything we like! 

I'm hosting an event and want to get Rubies involved

Great stuff! Please contact sophie@rubiesintherubble.com with details of your event and how Rubies can get involved.

I want to write about Rubies

Thanks for wanting to spread the love! Please get in touch with sophie@rubiesintherubble.com and explain what you want to write about.

I'm a blogger, I want to work with Rubies

Great, we'd love to hear from you! Send an email with a little bit about yourself and a link to your blog/Instagram/Twitter pages to sophie@rubiesintherubble.com If you have any ideas for collaborations you want to do with Rubies, please include these as well :)

Who should I contact with image requests?

If you're looking for hi-res images of our beaaautiful range, then contact: claudia@rubiesintherubble.com

Which distributors do you use?

We use Cotswold Fayre, Divine Deli, Tree of Life, Harvey & Brockless, Leathams Blakemore and Stores Supply

Do you provide POS?

Yes! We have a range of barkers, posters and much more to come! Please get in touch for more details on how we can help support sales.

I'm a retailer and want to get in touch about POS, staff training, tastings and marketing

We'd love to support the sale of our products in any way that we can. As well as POS for in-store signalling and awareness, we'd love to share your content on our social channels, organise a training day with your staff and in-store tastings. Please get in contact with Sophie, our Relationship Manager: sophie@rubiesintherubble.com

I'm deli/ cafe/ restaurant and would like to stock the Rubies range

If you own a deli, cafe or restaurant, and are interested in stocking the Rubies range, then we would love to hear from you! We have a range of products available for retail and food service.  Choose from our existing range of relishes or our food service range of marmalades, pickles and compotes, available in catering tubs. We work with the below distributors - alternatively, get in touch with us directly for all stockist enquiries.

We currently don't have any active vacancies but please check back soon or email info@rubiesintherubble.com for any speculative applications.