SPILLERS Sustainability

  • Raw Materials

    At SPILLERS, 72% of our ingredients are sourced from within the UK. 

    Nonetheless, we’re proud to use a supplier that’s as committed to making changes for the good as us. In the last two years they have reduced their gross CO² emissions by 800,000 metric tons in their ocean transportation. These actions have a big impact and they are committed to doing what’s right.

    Further to this, a number of our ingredients are co-products of human food production (flour, breakfast cereals, sugar and rice). Cereal co-products are often viewed an inferior ingredients but this certainly isn’t the case. Cereal grains are made of up of several layers including the hull/ husk (high in fibre), the bran (contains fibre and some protein), endosperm (high in starch) and the germ (contains protein and some fat). Oatfeed and wheatfeed consists largely of the hull/ husk, providing a valuable source of slowly fermentable fibre.

    97% of the ingredients in your favourite SPILLERS feeds are sustainable sourced!

    We’re working with suppliers committed to driving transformational change across the food supply industry, protecting forests and native vegetation, supporting farmers and communities, and establishing certified supply chains to meet demand for responsibly produced ingredients.

    Farmers pledge to produce their crops aligning with five key areas:        

    1. Sustainable land use, with a baseline date for land use change of January 2008
    2. Good agricultural practice
    3. Community relations and human rights
    4. Engagement in a process of continuous improvement
    5. Measuring greenhouse gas emissions

    Their work together will provide local area farmers with better access to resources and information on sustainable farming methods and more ways to improve their farm’s social, environmental, economic, and health and safety indicators.

  • Energy

    The energy it takes to make all our SPILLERS feed is provided by a wind farm in Moy, Scotland. With a capacity of 60 MW and an annual output of more than 125,000 megawatt-hours, the wind farm will supply renewable electricity to U.K. sites that produce our most beloved feeds. The power generated is equal to 34,000 average U.K. households!

    As well as this, we use gravity to reduce our energy consumption. The raw materials in the SPILLERS feed mill are put into silos located at the top of the plant. They are then ground, blended or flaked as they gradually move towards the ground, using gravity as their power.

  • Packaging

    Packaging is at the centre of all Mars products, from keeping products safe in transportation and preserving freshness to distinguishing our brands. Mars understands the importance of packaging, which is why we plan to use 100 percent recyclable packaging by 2025.

    To achieve our goal, we will change more than just the physical packaging. Mars will encourage consumers to dispose of their packaging responsibly. In addition, we will work to change recycling infrastructure by developing a plastic sorting facility to allow for proper recycling for more than 90 percent of after-use plastic.

    Learn more: https://gbr.mars.com/news-and-stories/articles/sustainable-packaging

    At SPILLERS, our fibre products are packaged in LDPE plastic to ensure freshness and to preserve the product inside.  LDPE can be recycled.

    LDPE recycling machines chew up the plastic into small pieces and then form them into pellets. These pellets can be turned into a variety of things and are often mixed with a bit of virgin LDPE to improve their strength and reliability. Black bin bags, black agricultural film, or irrigation pipe are all likely to be made from recycled LDPE. Commonly, recycled LDPE will be black because, with recycling plastics, it is easy to turn a clear plastic black, but impossible to turn a black plastic clear. Processing LDPE is among the easiest of the plastics, with the potential for injection moulding, rotational moulding, film blowing and blow moulding. It can be made anti-slip, anti-static, antibacterial and flame retardant.

    Like HDPE plastics, many LDPE plastics are accepted through your local curbside recycling program. Just check with your Local Authority to ensure it is recycled in your area. If not, most large supermarkets and even some garden centres (as it’s the same plastic used for compost bags) accept LDPE plastics for recycling. 

    Of course, our paper bags are recyclable too and can go with mixed household paper recycling curbside collection.

  • Mars Sustainable in a Generation Plan

    SPILLERS as a brand under the umbrella of Mars Petcare is aligned to the MARS™ Sustainable in a Generation Plan.

    The plan addresses key areas of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and features ambitious goals informed by science. The plan focuses on three key areas — Healthy Planet, Thriving People and Nourishing Wellbeing.

    Read more about the Sustainability Plan here: https://gbr.mars.com/sustainability-plan

    Healthy Planet

    Science suggests that to avoid the direst consequences, we need to limit global warming to less than the 2 degrees Celsius threshold outlined in the International Paris Agreement on climate change. To help do our part, we’ve set a goal to reduce the total GHG emissions across our value chain by 27 percent by 2025 and 67 percent by 2050 (from 2015 levels).

    Read more: https://gbr.mars.com/news-and-stories/articles/mars-takes-climate-action

    We rely on farmers for raw materials like alfalfa, soya and sugarbeet every day. Over the course of hundreds of years, agricultural innovations have helped boost farmers’ yields, but at the same time, those advances have brought forth new challenges for agriculture, including degrading soil quality, fertilizer and pesticide runoff, and the effects of climate change.

    These challenges require action to sustain land for future productive use and to preserve biodiversity, habitats and natural resources.

    We’re working with our supply chain partners to boost agricultural production without extending our overall land footprint. This means focusing on efficient, sustainable land use, as well as rehabilitating degraded land. We see significant opportunity.

    Read more: https://gbr.mars.com/sustainability-plan/healthy-planet/managing-land-use

    Water scarcity affects 40 percent of people around the world, and that percentage will only rise with continued population growth. Agriculture is the biggest user of water, so to manage this critical resource sustainably, we need to focus on what’s grown in our supply chains, how it’s grown, as well as where it’s grown.

    As part of our Sustainable in a Generation Plan, our long-term, science-backed ambition is to eliminate unsustainable water use in our value chain, beginning with halving it by 2025

    Read more: https://gbr.mars.com/sustainability-plan/healthy-planet/water-conservation

    Thriving People

    A cornerstone of our Sustainable in a Generation Plan is our Thriving People ambition to meaningfully improve the lives of 1 million people across our value chain to enable them to thrive. To do this, we’re engaging a network of partners from NGOs to governments and focusing on three areas where we believe we can drive meaningful change — increasing income, respecting human rights and unlocking opportunities for women.

    Learn more here: https://gbr.mars.com/sustainability-plan/thriving-people

    Nourishing Wellbeing

    We believe people should have access to the products and information they need to maintain healthy lifestyles. Our Nourishing Wellbeing ambition is our commitment to Advance Science, Innovation and Marketing in ways that help billions of people and their pets lead healthier, happier lives today and into the future.  

    Learn more here: https://gbr.mars.com/sustainability-plan/nourishing-wellbeing