Greener Care

Devon Care home Collaborative


Reduce your supply chain emissions

The second pillar covers everything that in involved in your supply chain.

It can be useful to have a closer look at your expenses and determine where in your business your biggest spend is. This could be the focal point to start from. However, whatever it is you spend most of your money on in the supply chain, does not always mean that this is where the biggest impact on your carbon footprint it is situated. It is worthwhile checking this and if you find that another category has a larger carbon footprint embed in it, it makes sense to include this in your strategy.

A few examples of areas to analyse for its carbon footprint are:

Food: It can be helpful to understand which items in your food supply chain have a large carbon footprint. As a rule of thumb dairy and meat products score high on that list. Is there any way you can reduce these items and what will you substitute them with? Involve staff but also residents in this process. You could introduce a meat free day. The charity Vegetarian for Life has a wealth of information around this subject. They offer free membership where you ‘promise’ to include vegetarianism/veganism in your care and there is a paid version where you can tap into free training and support from the charity. Your home may have already signed up for the service and it is worth checking this out. It’s also worth noting that buying locally and products that are in season can reduce your carbon footprint.

Cleaning products:  Reviewing your cleaning products you use in your care home can also be a way to become ‘greener’. CLH has a range of products available that have green credentials and conform with the infection prevention and control (IPC) standards in the UK.  A greener choice does not have to be more expensive. Buying concentrates is often a lot cheaper and it saves on unnecessary packaging too. A link to greener products can be found here.

Waste: Waste is another area to investigate when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint. As we learned during the webinar waste collection varies across the region. Recycle Devon has created a webpage where you can have a look at what commercial waste option there are in your local area (Council).

If you would like more information around what you can do in regards to your supply chain, the United Nations have created an indepth report called Supply Chain Sustainability A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement. A link to this report can be found here

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