We think it’s good to know where your potatoes come from, and it’s even better to know that they come from an environmentally friendly company. At Albert Bartlett, we’re dedicated to looking after the environment, whether on the farm or at our production sites, and have won awards for this commitment. Please click on the links to view our environmental statement, quality statement and health and safety statement.
On our farms
- We like to monitor the activity of all of the insects, as this allows us to minimise the use of any pesticides. After all, potatoes which are naturally grown are naturally tasty
- We have long 5 – 6 year rotations (gaps in between potato crops) to create healthy, rich soil for future generations
- Potatoes are kept in storage after harvest. We avoid using chemicals and gas applications to artificially preserve them, except in exceptional crop circumstances.
- We’re great fans of wildlife, so we encourage the growth of wild flowers, trees and hedges which in turn, protects and encourages birds and wildlife.
At our production sites
At all of our production sites, we carefully monitor our energy consumption and in doing so, reduce our carbon footprint. We use energy efficient management systems to minimise our use of gas, electricity and water. You may also like to know that:
- 70% of the water used to wash our potatoes is rainwater collected from the roof; the remaining 30% is from our own borehole. We have a water recycling system which further reduces our use of this precious resource.
- Over 25,000 trees have been planted at our Airdrie site by our team
- We recycle wood, card, plastic and food waste
- Our recycled soil is used for river bank restoration in Scotland to encourage wildlife
- At our Airdrie production site we’ve invested in Robot technology, which improves safety and efficiency
- We use an external auditor to make sure we are keeping up to the mark and we are proud to have ISO 14001 accreditation
- We work with the Carbon Trust, and we have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard demonstrating our commitment to lowering our carbon emissions year on year. This is challenging as we are already very efficient!
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Scotland, where we grow most of our potatoes, has some of the most beautiful countryside in the world and is home to various species of wildlife. At Albert Bartlett, we are proud to be a member of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the largest charity working exclusively for the protection of all Scotland’s wildlife. It manages over 124 wildlife reserves across Scotland, ranging from Highland estates to urban green spaces. We are proud to support their mission to protect wildlife.
Here’s just a few of the environmental awards that we’re proud to have picked up, which underlines our commitment and care for our local landscape:
- Carbon Trust Standard awarded for our Airdrie site, 2010
- Vision in Business for the Environment Scotland, 2005
- The Green Organisation Silver Award, 2005