Caring for our Environment

At Blue Skies, we recognise that it is our responsibility to minimise our impact on the environment not only to counter the effects of Climate Change but also because it is our inherent duty to look after our planet for future generations.

We aim to look after the environment where we operate by protecting areas of biodiversity, managing our waste responsibly, increasing our use of recyclable and compostable materials, reducing our emissions and minimizing our consumption of energy and water.

All our farmers are certified to GlobalGAP standards. These standards are primarily designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimising detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to staff health and safety as well as animal welfare. Blue Skies was the first company in the world to achieve GlobalGAP certification for a group of farmers in Africa.

A number of our farmers are also LEAF certified. LEAF is a charity which is committed to encouraging viable agriculture which is environmentally and socially acceptable and ensures the continuity of supply of wholesome, affordable food while conserving and enhancing the fabric and wildlife of the countryside for future generations.

As well as participating in private schemes such as GlobalGAP and LEAF, we also make every effort as a business to encourage and protect biodiversity where we operate. We engage in tree-planting programmes and wherever possible we adopt a policy of purchase-to-preserve to protect areas at risk from land degradation or deforestation.

Managing our Waste

At Blue Skies we don’t like to waste our waste. We like to return what has been taken from the land to the land. That is why we are committed to composting all of our raw material at our very own compost site.

We add a bit of carbon (wood shavings which are the main diet for the micro-organisms responsible for composting), a bit of nitrogen (pineapple crowns), a touch of poultry manure & a layer of raw material (rich in micro nutrients). The large molecules are broken down into simple molecules that can be utilized for plant growth, to ‘revive’ the soil. The compost material spends a few weeks under a green felty cover that is designed to resemble an earthworm’s skin - creating the perfect breathing environment for the compost.

The organic compost goes right back to the farmers it came from - ensuring that our pineapples (as well as all of our other planting material) goes into healthy, happy soil.