Caring for our world
From climate change to plastic pollution and food waste, we all need to do more to care for our world. At Musgrave, we are committed to making changes which will make a real difference, before it’s too late.
Plastics are one of the biggest environmental concerns for our customers and they look to businesses like ours to make changes and we are dedicated to making a difference by reducing the plastics we use. And we are responding, by setting new targets and making changes quickly across our brands.
The air we breathe and the food we eat all rely on biodiversity, but for too long humans have been having a negative effect on biodiversity. That’s why we are working with our suppliers to increase biodiversity and make food production more sustainable.
- By 2020 we will ensure that no food is wasted that is fit for human consumption, but is used to alleviate food poverty through our support for food re-distribution charities
- By 2020 all of our retail and foodservice operations will have access to food re‑distribution charities
- By 2030 we will halve our food surplus in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3
- Through product and packaging initiatives, we will help consumers to reduce food waste in the home
- By 2020 we will implement three major collaboration projects with suppliers aimed at enhancing bio‑diversity
- By 2025 we will reduce the carbon intensity of our operations across the island of Ireland by 70%
- By 2025 we will reduce the climate impacts of our refrigeration systems by 80%
- By 2025 100% of our own brand, fresh produce and in-store packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable
Big businesses can create a lot of carbon, which is a major factor in climate change. By improving our transport and distribution systems, we are able to reduce our impact on the environment. We do this in a number of ways, from filling vehicles to maximum capacity to reduce the number of journeys, to carefully planning routes to cut down on mileage. It is harder for small businesses to make radical sustainability changes, due to the cost. That is why we support our retail partners to make a difference too. We are supporting stores to make changes like fitting more energy efficient lighting and refrigeration. Even staff training to change behaviour, like switching off equipment, can reduce energy use by around 5% a year.
We are getting rid of plastic packaging wherever possible, replacing it with more sustainable alternatives, and cutting down the amount we use by using lighter weight materials. By 2025 all of our own brand, fresh produce and in-store packing will be completely recyclable, reusable or compostable. We have already made a good start. Our coffee brand, Frank and Honest, was the first in Ireland to move to 100% compostable cups and lids. And SuperValu was the first Irish retailer to remove plastic bags for loose fruit and veg and replace with bio-bags.