Tuesday 19 March 2019

Butcher's aims to cut their environmental hoofprint

Ó Crualaoi's aims to cut down on our runaway packaging

With damage to the environment high on the agenda - especially from plastics and agriculture - a well known Cork butcher's has launched it own initiative to tilt the balance.

Ó Crualaoi Butchers and Delicatessen has launched its 'ÓCruaware - Reducing Our Environmental Footprint' initiative which encourages customers to bring their own reusable containers when shopping. The initiative is being rolled out across the company's Ballincollig-based butchers and delicatessen and its butcher shops in Fermoy and Wilton.

The main objective of the 'ÓCruaware' initiative is to reduce plastic packaging on customer purchases, thereby reducing their environmental footprint. Basically, bring along your own bags or tupperware and they'll fill them up for you.

In Ireland, an average of 61kgs of plastic waste is produced per person annually, which is almost double the UK figure and the highest in Europe.

Speaking about 'ÓCruaware', Micheál Ó Crualaoi, chairman of Ó Crualaoi Butchers and Delicatessen, said "on average, each customer receives 20 grams of packaging in each transaction, which would equate to over 200kgs per week for our customers. That is a significant amount of plastic waste. Therefore, we are encouraging customers to embrace the initiative by using reusable containers."

Micheál said metal containers are the best as they last longer and can be recycled at end of life. "This year, our aim is to reduce our non-recyclable packaging by 10% - 15%," he said. "I believe we should all make a positive contribution to a cleaner, greener environment. Buying food unwrapped is the single biggest impact our customers can make, as well as bringing a 'bag for life' when they shop," concluded Mr. O'Crualaoi.

Ó Crualaoi Butchers and Delicatessen was founded in 1957 by Kevin Ó Crualaoi and it now has over 90 employees across all four stores and their family farm.