Reducing the impact our business has on the environment is very important to us at KP and we work in partnership with our parent company in a number of areas to reduce use of water, energy and packaging and to drive down our waste.
KP’s pacKPromise is a three-stage plan to reduce our packaging impact.
Phase One - Use less packagingAs part of our sustainability programme, Our Taste for Good, we already use 11% less packaging than we did ten years ago. We have also invested significantly in our Hula Hoops factory and are now using 23% less packaging in our Hula Hoops multipacks (saving 11.2 tonnes of material).
Phase Two - Recycle your packetsYou can recycle your nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels packets via our partnership with TerraCycle®. More info here.
Phase Three - Striving to make our plastic packaging fully recyclable by 2025Through our membership of the UK Plastics Pact, we are striving to make our plastic film packaging fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
We’ve cut CO2 by over 30% since 2007.
We have ISO 50001 accreditation across all our sites to identify opportunities to make further reductions.
Driving down waste
We have signed up to the United Nations Sustainability Goal 12.3 Champions network and have made a public commitment to reduce all food waste in our manufacturing sites by 50% by 2030.
Food waste is tracked and monitored at each of our production sites. Everything is either recycled into animal feed or re-processed for other uses, including waste salt to create salt lick for cattle or road grit. We support farmers in our community by providing potato peelings for animal feed.
All our waste oil is sent for conversion to biodiesel and used in the fleet that delivers our products. In 2018 the recycling of waste oil from our sites meant a saving of 687,935KGs of carbon, which is equivalent to over 150,000 cars off the road.
We also aim to reduce our waste levels by more than 5% per year, in 2018 we achieved 13% reduction.
Lowering our water use
We have been working hard to reduce our water use across our business, especially that used by our sites in production. Our McCoy’s factory in Teesside is our heaviest user of water since it is our largest site where raw potatoes are processed to make crisps. We’ve installed a water treatment plant at the site which recycles more than half a million cubic metres of water a year. We have also installed rainwater harvesting at all our sites. So far, these measures have helped reduce overall water use at Teesside by 72%, and across the whole of KP by 71%.
We use 11% less packaging than 10 years ago
and we have also invested significantly in our Ashby factory to enable a 23% reduction in the amount of packaging required on Hula Hoops multipacks
All our secondary packaging (cardboard cases) are now 100% recyclable and made from 98% recycled material from FSC certified sources.
Investment to reduce our packaging
KP is investing significantly in an optimisation programme at our Ashby factory, where we make brands like Hula Hoops, Skips and Space Raiders. As part of stage 1 of the project we will reduce the amount of material used on our larger multipack outer wrappers this year by circa 11.2 tonnes or 23% vs the current multipack format. As a result of the improved efficiency on our supply chain we will remove over 5,000 pallets and 100 trailers from the roads. In addition, we will also reduce our corrugated case use by circa 80 tonnes per annum.