Dubliner Cheese – Sustainable Spotlight

I can’t believe how long it’s been since a did one of my ‘Sustainable Spotlights’. I really want to try and get into the routine of having them be weekly or bi-weekly. I think it’s so important, now more than ever, to try and draw people’s attention to the brands that are going above and beyond in the realm of sustainability.

I’m delighted to be working with Dubliner Cheese at the moment. This blog post is outside of my work agreement though, I’ve just learned a lot about their sustainable efforts since visiting their factory, and really wanted to share. You may or may not know this, but Dubliner Cheese is produced by a company called Carbery.

At it’s very core, Carbery has sustainability fuelling all of it’s different divisions. From meeting its economic needs by using natural resources efficiently to fulfilling its social responsibility to fight climate change.

They are incredible in the lengths they have gone to to go green. Since 2004, Carbery has been reducing its dependence on fossil fuels and has led to them decrease their energy usage by 6.2% at their head quarters in Ballineen, Co. Cork. This initiative won them the Sustainable Energy Achievement at the Green Awards in 2018.

They have adopted a water reuse project, where they’ve lowered the water extraction from the river Bandon while at the same time reducing their emissions. They now save 1.4 million litres of water/day. As well as this, they were able to increase their production levels. This really puts it into perspective, how being environmentally conscious doesn’t restrict a business but allows them to be more prolific in new inventive ways.

In conjunction with SWS Forestry, Carbery launched The Carbery Tree Project. They gave 45,000 trees to the local farmers and employees to be planted on their farms, fighting climate change on a local level by offsetting carbon emissions, and increasing biodiversity – a first for the dairy industry in Ireland. And as a co-operative, Carbery works with Irish farmers and only use grass fed, antibiotic and hormone free dairy products.

It’s far too easy to buy cheap unsustainable products these days, ones that carry a carbon footprint and undermine Irish businesses. I’m so proud to be working with a company that not only produces wonderful worthwhile products but is also a leader in the industry for sustainability and fighting climate change on every level.

I hope you found this post insightful, and that you’ll reach for Dubliner Cheese the next time.

Niamh xx

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