A Sunderland-based soft drinks manufacturer, Clearly Drinks, has received recognition for its extraordinary efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and support its local community. The company made significant investments in new machinery and infrastructure upgrades at its 150,000st ft facility in Southwick, which helped to reduce its carbon footprint. The implementation of a new multi-million-pound canning line and the use of eco-friendly LED lighting solutions are just a few examples of the measures taken by the company. In addition, the company set expectations for its suppliers to bring down their emissions, including the sourcing of 95% of its ingredients and supplies from within the UK.
The chief executive, Mick Howard, who has over 30 years of experience in senior leadership roles with major brands across Africa and Europe, spearheaded the drive to achieve these accomplishments. The company started focusing on carbon offset programs, such as planting trees and investing in other projects, but quickly realized that a more tangible and effective approach would be to reduce its carbon footprint instead of offsetting it. Founded in 1885, the company transformed from Fenwick & Sons to Villa Drinks before rebranding to Clearly Drinks. It currently employs over 100 people and supports local apprenticeships, charities like the Salvation Army, and works in partnership with Sunderland College. The company aims to ensure its staff understands the benefits of reducing the company’s carbon footprint for them as well as the business.
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