Dengie achieve bronze status for Investors in the Environment
We are proud to announce that we have achieved bronze status for Investors in the Environment, a national environmental accreditation scheme.
Founded in 1968 as a farmer’s cooperative, Dengie is still run today with the same ethos of supporting the local farming community. At the heart of Dengie is the strong ethos in producing sustainable horse feeds, growing as many of our own ingredients as possible. Our alfalfa is grown within 20 miles of where it is made into the finished feed and so has one of the lowest ‘feed miles’ of any horse feed ingredient and provides the best traceability possible. This means that every bag of Dengie horse feed can be traced back to the field it was grown in.
Achieving bronze status with the prestigious Investors in the Environment scheme, requires Dengie to meet certain criteria such as having a recycling scheme in place, a waste reduction plan, and a social responsibility policy. This formalises and builds on initiatives that we instigated as part of our Royal Warrant holder status. Recent achievements include switching to Green Energy which is 100% renewable energy with zero carbon dioxide emissions, introducing hybrid and fully electric cars into our small fleet of company cars, installing solar panels on new office buildings, and introducing the maximum amount of recycled plastic into our packaging.
We are currently using about 60 tonnes of recycled plastic material in our feed bags per year. This equates to approximately 150,000 4 pint milk bottles. Since the solar panels were installed in 2019, the excess energy generated has put enough energy back into the grid to supply the average household with electricity for four years.
Ian Hassard, Managing Director at Dengie commented “Sustainability is inherent in everything we do at Dengie and our recent achievements are a reflection of the importance we place on continually striving to be more efficient. Achieving bronze status with Investors in the Environment is great recognition for all the work the team at Dengie are doing to ensure that we continue to produce the highest quality feeds in harmony with the environment”.