CJ Lang & Son recognised for environmental efforts

CJ Lang & Son has won two accolades at the 2021 Scottish Green Apple Environment Awards.

The Green Apple Environment Awards were established in 1994 as an annual campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world. The Scottish Green Apple Environment Awards are supported by The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland.

The Dundee-based business was awarded the ‘Environmental Best Practice Distribution Gold Winner’ for its partnership with the Dundee West End Community Fridge.

The Dundee West End Community Fridge aims to reduce food waste by making short-dated or surplus food, from local food businesses, available to members of the public seven days per week.

Frozen, chilled and ambient products that CJ Lang are unable to sell are uplifted by the Fridge team three times per week, which reduces CO2e omission from the supply chain link.

The partnership between the Dundee West End Community Fridge and CJ Lang has contributed to more than 30% of the total food waste saved from landfill and the associated carbon savings. The Community Fridge has saved almost 67 tonnes of food from going to waste resulting in carbon emission savings of 244 tonnes CO2e since its opening in August 2019. It has helped more than 2,600 families and individuals, with on average 100 visitors per day, and given out the equivalent of 37,000 meals.

The company was also crowned the overall Environmental Best Practice National Green Champion.

Alan Brown, Distribution Centre Manager at CJ Lang & Son, said: “As national winners we are proud to represent Scotland next year at the Green World Awards, which will be held in UAE in the spring. As a Green World Ambassador our winning paper will be published in the Green Book sold by Amazon helping others to help the environment.

“One hundred trees will be planted in our company name over the next 12 months in partnership with the Green Earth Appeal and the UN Billion Tree initiative.”

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