We all love to receive Christmas cards from friends, colleagues and loved ones – but come January many of us are left wondering what to do with them. That’s where we come in.
As part of our own #WasteNot week, we celebrated our green initiatives, including our very first store that is powered entirely by rubbish.
"Waste not, want not,” was a guiding principle of our grandparents’ generation, but it’s never been more relevant today. In a world of diminishing resources, retailers have a responsibility not only to trade sustainably, but also to help our customers to live sustainably too.
Today's edition of The Daily Mail raises the important issue of food waste. But whilst some have said customers are unnecessarily 'fussy', our experience is different.
There is no doubt that food waste in the home is an issue, and why we’re focused on helping our customers to waste less.
While I sit at home watching the flames on my log burner, with just a few days to go until we hit the New Year, I have been thinking about what we have achieved over the past year in 2012. It’s been a year of great achievements and celebrations, from the Diamond Jubilee to the London 2012 Paralympic and Olympic Games, and we’ve also celebrated a few of our own Sainsbury’s successes along the way linked to our aim of being the UK’s greenest grocer.
Recently I had the privilege to speak at the Sustainability Live conference at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham and afterwards took the opportunity to look around the exhibition. I was absolutely astounded by the vast amount of companies involved in the waste industry and the many sustainable ways that waste can be put to great use.
Last year we clearly outlined 20 stretching socially and environmentally responsible goals that we aim to achieve by 2020. I’m very encouraged by the progress we’ve made and I’m enormously proud of the great strides we’ve taken, with the help of our customers and colleagues, to eradicate food waste in an environmentally sustainable way.