Climate change, and its consequences, is one of the most pressing issues of our time.
We recognise the many environmental challenges that we face and our group, Vestey Holdings and its individual businesses, are determined to put in place measures to consistently improve our global footprint.
To this end we are working with 51 to Carbon Zero to help us measure, analyse & report our total carbon footprint, and create accountable transition plans to accelerate our journey to achieve Net Zero by 2050.
Following our initial assessment of our business operations in alignment with the Green House Gas protocol reporting standards, we are now engaging with our suppliers to refine and better understand the Scope 3 emissions produced during production and transport.
We also encourage our packaging suppliers to provide evidence of actions they have undertaken to reduce their own carbon footprint and packaging from our inbound deliveries is recycled off site and our suppliers are encouraged to use returnable containers. The majority have now adopted this approach.
We have been using 100% renewably generated electricity for our operations since 2022 and are working towards provision of solar power solution that will support our annual electricity requirements at our storage and distribution facility in Aberdeenshire.
We are committed to responsible waste management as part of our overall Sustainability Strategy while also maintaining operational goals and providing an acceptable working environment for employees and the business.
The business is committed to achieving best practice benchmark standards in waste management for meat manufacturing.
We are proud to have been achieving 0% of our waste going to landfill since 2017. We achieve this by:
· Recycling as much of our waste as possible, and have paper, cardboard, plastic and can recycling points throughout our offices and butchery to enable this.
· Using daily segregation and compaction of waste cardboard, to recycle and requesting that our suppliers use returnable and reusable packaging instead of ‘single use’ cardboard boxes. We have reduced the amount of carboard recycled by two thirds in the last 7 years.
· Compressing our recyclable material on site into bales matching the size specifications of the recycling mills to which we send them.
· By compressing the waste, and also by waiting until we have a full truckload of materials before requesting transport, so that the number of road miles required to deliver it for recycling is reduced.
The small waste that is disposed of though ‘general waste’ is collected by a third-party company who processes it to remove anything recyclable, then shreds the rest for energy recovery which percentage of our produces electricity. The result: 0% to landfill.
Food waste is a significant global issue, and having frozen options on hand can help reduce it. Frozen food has a much longer shelf-life, which means that food is less likely to go off before you get the chance to eat it.
Additionally, since we professionally freeze our products, their quality and freshness is preserved the natural way. We do not need to add artificial, industrially produced preservatives to prolong their shelf-life – something which becomes more necessary with chilled products.
The waste which our butchers trim away goes to use in the pet food and biofuel industries, or to anaerobic digestion plants. So, as well as being diverted from going to landfill, the useful qualities of these materials are utilised in everyday products, from dry pet food to soap.
Operating a mail order business necessitates using sufficient packaging to ensure the safe transport of our goods. Individual products need to be packed robustly enough to survive in customers’ freezers and kitchens.
We are rolling out a new packaging solution which not only ensures the utmost quality of our products during delivery, but also prioritises sustainability and the well-being of our environment. Crafted from eco-friendly and recyclable materials, this method combines durability and insulation, ensuring orders remain perfectly frozen during transport.
The trays in which our individual products are packed are made of compressed cardboard and both the cardboard box and paper trays can be added to local council recycling collections.
We use bubble wrap which is inﬂated on our own site which means we can maximise delivered quantities, saving storage space, road miles and fuel consumption. We have reduced the pallet space required for this from 24 to only one per month.
We target our mailings to make them more efficient, reducing unwanted mail. We have also reduced our hard copy mailings by 50% in the last year alone and the mailings are sent in recyclable paper envelopes and only to those that opt in to the service. Furthermore, all our paper is sourced from sustainable stocks and is FSC certified.
The dry ice we use in our delivery packaging, to ensure that products reach customers in optimum condition, is from recovered CO2 from fertiliser and bioethanol processes. The use of this dry ice also avoids using additional electrical refrigeration during transit, so you can enjoy the freshest frozen food, with a minimal effect on the environment.