Langlands Nurseries Environmental Policy
Here at Langlands, we recognise that the global environment is our single most important resource. Britain boasts some of the most beautiful countryside, flora and fauna in the world, and we want to keep it that way. While the issues surrounding global warming and environmental damage are diverse and complex, by implementing a comprehensive, company-wide environmental policy, we have developed stringent best-practice guidelines for all of our employees to reduce our carbon footprint, promote recycling and energy-efficiency, and limit wastage wherever possible.
Recycling & Upcycling
Langlands compacts and recycles all of our cardboard and paper waste, which we initially minimise by making a committed effort to cut down on paper-based marketing. The majority of our external advertising is electronic, be it emails, social media or otherwise. Internally, staff are encouraged not to print off unnecessary documents, and to recycle paper as a matter of common good-practice. Additionally, our kitchens recycle all of the oil that we cook with, and any glass generated by our catering facilities.
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”,
…so the saying goes.
At Langlands Garden Centres, we do our utmost to “upcycle” pallets, trays, containers, pots, and a whole host of other items that we can find a practical use for to minimise wastage.
Such items often become the raw materials for our shop floor displays, among other things.
Most of the food that we prepare and sell in our catering establishments is purchased from local suppliers. For example, our flagship centre at Shiptonthorpe (York) relies on regular deliveries from Laverack and Son butchers, Williamsons Wholesalers, St. Quinten’s Creamery, Field Farm Eggs and many more, all located within a 30 mile radius of our home.
Where possible, our catering teams at all three of our sites will always look to local suppliers first. Additionally, we grow all of our bedding plants and most of our seasonal plants on site, and of the plants that we do not grow on site, the majority are bought from trusted U.K-based suppliers. These measures not only effectively reduce our potential carbon footprint, but also actively promote and support British businesses.
Heating the garden centres and greenhouses at Langlands’ sites has been made as efficient as possible through a variety of innovative methods, one of which is “Air Source Heating”. This generates considerably less CO2 than conventional heating systems. In addition, the company has installed 160 solar panels to scale down our overall dependency on the national grid, thereby further reducing our carbon footprint.
Throughout our centres, we observe the highest standards in support of the environment and to combat climate change, and we always try to raise awareness of these issues with our customers and suppliers. To this end, we stock many associated “green” products, including (but by no means limited to) solar-powered lighting, peat-free composts (and a wide selection of reduced-peat composts), water butts, compost bins and ‘Make-Your-Own-Compost’ kits, pots made from recycled or biodegradable materials, organic, natural and sustainable plant foods and fertilizers, recycled glassware, and of course, a large range of the most natural home air purifiers available… the humble house plant!
Our Commitments in a Nutshell...
Langlands Nurseries has been in business for over 50 years. In all of that time, our ethical policies, our role in our local community and our subsequent responsibilities to the environment have not changed, only expanded and been refined to encompass the following simple values:
- We are proactive, conscientious custodians of the environment.
- We always promote and support fair trade.
- We strive diligently to ensure that no-one is exploited in the production of the items that we sell.
- We play an integral role in the development and support of our local community.
- We are an honest, ethical, and fair employer.
- We always trade locally where possible to help other British businesses to thrive and prosper, and rely on trusted local supply chains.