Doing your bit with a simple bite

It’s time to change & we’re all up for it. But when the problem is the size of a planet, where to start? Electric cars, solar panels, swapping not shopping, recycling, upcycling – or simply cycling? The scientists have an easy answer. The more of us who put more plant-based on our plates, the better it is for the planet. Doing your bit with every bite (or sip). Good for you, good for the planet!

Doing your bit with a simple bite

Why your food matters!

Right now, our little earth is feeling pretty rough. It’s being pushed to its limits – what the scientists call planetary boundaries. Long story short: what we eat impacts those environmental limits; biodiversity loss, water scarcity and climate change just to name some. Shouty megaphone time. What do we need to do? Whatever we can! When? Right now! How?

One Planet Thinking. Way more plants in our diets and at the same time reduce meat consumption. It’s not quantum physics. It’s what we’ve been talking and walking for 40 years. Right from the get-go, we knew there was a better way to feed the world. That’s why we’ve been pioneering plant-based and planet-friendly since way back in the 80s.

Good food starts with good ingredients

Good to know that all our plant-based products have a naturally light carbon and water footprint. So, whether you’re a soya hound, an oat fanatic or addicted to almond, you’re doing good! Like shopping sustainable and local for fewer food miles. European oats, Mediterranean almonds, even our soya’s grown practically next door! On top of this, we produce sustainably too and keep on improving the process. We hear you. It’s a double win!

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Almonds

Our almonds come exclusively from small farms around the Mediterranean. We’re looking at ways for our growers to use as little water as possible, even though their orchards are already mostly watered by rain.
We’re also working with a few of our farmers to completely change the way they do things, using plants, ponds and hedges between their trees to invite wildlife back onto the land. We can’t wait to see who turns up! Oh, and let’s not forget about the bees. After all, they help feed the world, be(e)ing the most important pollinator of food crops. We’re getting together with the almond co-operatives we work with to make sure that by 2025 their farms will be really bee-friendly. Almond blossom honey. Now there’s a thought…

Soya

Our go-to ingredient and the one we use the most of. So, good to know, ours is all rainforest and GMO free. Most is grown right here in Europe (60% comes from France, Belgium and The Netherlands), the rest in Canada (and transported by sea for a lighter carbon footprint). Right now, we’re working with our farmers to check and measure water usage, the effect it has on their local ecosystems and ways it could be cut down. So, go ahead, enjoy the soya!

Oats

The mighty oat! Just like soya, oats are a highly sustainable crop with a just-as-light ecological footprint. Versatile oats may have come a long way from the porridge bowl, but they don’t have to travel far to get to us. All our oats are grown in Europe for fewer food miles. We think they’re pretty tasty, too, so there’ll be no change there.

Coconuts

Coconuts grow quite naturally in Indonesia, where we get them from. They’re a palm tree, for sure, but not related to palm oil in any way. The nuts are handpicked in the traditional way, and the trees left in place to bear more fruits. And coconuts are the crop that just keep on giving! From garden mulch to mats on your floors, every last fibre gets used. We just love it when the waste adds up to a big fat zero!

Almonds

Our almonds come exclusively from small farms around the Mediterranean. We’re looking at ways for our growers to use as little water as possible, even though their orchards are already mostly watered by rain.
We’re also working with a few of our farmers to completely change the way they do things, using plants, ponds and hedges between their trees to invite wildlife back onto the land. We can’t wait to see who turns up! Oh, and let’s not forget about the bees. After all, they help feed the world, be(e)ing the most important pollinator of food crops. We’re getting together with the almond co-operatives we work with to make sure that by 2025 their farms will be really bee-friendly. Almond blossom honey. Now there’s a thought…

Soya

Our go-to ingredient and the one we use the most of. So, good to know, ours is all rainforest and GMO free. Most is grown right here in Europe (60% comes from France, Belgium and The Netherlands), the rest in Canada (and transported by sea for a lighter carbon footprint). Right now, we’re working with our farmers to check and measure water usage, the effect it has on their local ecosystems and ways it could be cut down. So, go ahead, enjoy the soya!

Oats

The mighty oat! Just like soya, oats are a highly sustainable crop with a just-as-light ecological footprint. Versatile oats may have come a long way from the porridge bowl, but they don’t have to travel far to get to us. All our oats are grown in Europe for fewer food miles. We think they’re pretty tasty, too, so there’ll be no change there.

Coconuts

Coconuts grow quite naturally in Indonesia, where we get them from. They’re a palm tree, for sure, but not related to palm oil in any way. The nuts are handpicked in the traditional way, and the trees left in place to bear more fruits. And coconuts are the crop that just keep on giving! From garden mulch to mats on your floors, every last fibre gets used. We just love it when the waste adds up to a big fat zero!

Making it better

We’re not big on bragging (modest cough). But, if there’s a better way to make it and pack it, we’re on it and proud of it! Recycling the water and heat we use. Recyclable, recycled or plant-based packs that make our products as good outside as they are inside. No more plastic straws or spoons. Yay!

Our One Planet promise. What it means

Remember that One Planet Thinking? For today, tomorrow, 2025 and beyond, here’s the promise we’ve made to you and the planet:

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Make delicious plant-based foods

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Transform the way ingredients are grown

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Use only planet-friendly ingredients

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Zero carbon, water and waste

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Less and better packaging

2025, bring it on

We’ve got a great big sustainability wish list – we’ve set a date, 2025, we’ve got targets, we’ve got tenacity, we’ve got you to help us! We’ll get there, if it’s one plant-based mouthful at a time.
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OUR GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS WILL BE DOWN BY 30%

Our greenhouse gas emissions linked to energy use per product will be down by 30%, and 50% of the energy we use will be renewable To cut our emissions, we know that renewables is the way to go. So, we’re installing solar panels and looking at using our soya waste to create our energy. Beans to biogas. We like the sound of that!

WE’LL BE USING 60% LESS WATER

Cleaning down our production lines is thirsty work, and we hate to see water just going down the drain. So, on three of our biggest sites, we’re going to reclaim or re-use all of that water. And cut our overall usage as a company down by 60%. We’re working with our growers, too, to help them find ways to use less water. Making every raindrop count.

WE’LL BE SENDING ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILL AND CREATING LESS FOOD WASTE

Waste is such a… waste! Of resources, time and energy. So, we’re going to create less of it, and find ways to recycle whatever we do. We won’t be sending a single truck to landfill. It’s messy for the environment, and land has better things to do!

WE’LL BE USING 0% WASTE, CLOSED LOOP PACKAGING

We’ve already ditched the plastic straws and spoons. (We knew you’d understand and wouldn’t mind finding your own.) We’re scrapping the plastic lids on some of our pots. (Who needs’em? Not us, not you, not the planet!} We’re putting our plant-based drinks in plant-based cartons. (It seems only natural.) And we’re using recycled plastics, whenever we can get them, for the rest. That cuts our CO2 down by 40%. But that’s not good enough for us. By 2025, all of our packs will be, not just recyclable, but made from 100% already recycled or plant-based materials. Bye bye, polystyrene. Hello, more recycled, recyclable PET and sustainably grown sugarcane cartons!

WE’LL BE USING OUR SUPERPOWERS TO LEAD THE PUSH TOWARDS MORE RECYCLING

We’ll be using our superpowers to lead the push towards more recycling in more places and we’ll start with switching from plastic cups to paper cups for our plant-based alternatives to yogurt.

Right now, sad fact is it doesn’t matter how recyclable we make our packs; if the facilities aren’t there, they simply can’t and won’t be recycled. But we figure that we’re just big enough (and noisy enough) to make a difference. Where we go, others might follow. So, by making more and more of our packs 100% recyclable, we’re going to give the recycling industry a great big superman-sized hint that they need to get their act together!

WE’LL ONLY BE USING ALMONDS THAT ARE CERTIFIED NOT TO HARM BEES

So, here’s to 2025

We say, there’s never been a better time to join the plant-based movement. Doing your bit one bite (or sip) at a time.

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