Light-Weighting Secondary Packaging to Reduce Climate Impact

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boulder_foods_homepage_thumb.jpgThe idea for Boulder Organic Foods started in 2006 when Kate Brown was searching for a refrigerated soup without preservatives, artificial ingredients, and emulsifiers. Two years later, Boulder Organic Foods was born and now produces a wide range of made-from-scratch organic and gluten-free soups. Passionate about sustainability from the start, Boulder Organic Foods is working to reduce its climate impact in line with climate science; given the role of packaging in their operational footprint, it’s a big focus for the company. For this case study, Boulder Organic Foods used a Life Cycle Assessment to measure their packaging emissions and create a packaging strategy that maintains food safety and quality while minimizing climate impacts.

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A Switch to Plant-Baesd Packaging to Reduce Climate Impact

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theo_chocolate_homepage_thumb.jpgTheo Chocolate is an enthusiastic and mission driven brand integrating sustainability into every aspect of their company. They are making life sweeter far beyond their chocolate by investing in the lives of their cocoa farmers in Peru and Eastern Congo. Theo Chocolate sets high standards for social and environmental responsibility— that is why all of their ingredients are third party verified. Theo Chocolate is fair trade certified, USDA Organic, STAR-K Kosher certified, and does not use GMOs in their products. Now they are pushing the bar even higher—Theo Chocolate is working towards bringing their products to market in 100% plant-based packaging.

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From the Drink to the Bottle; Revolutionizing Sugarcane

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bhoomi_water.jpgBhoomi’s cane water is a healthy functional beverage; its name means “Mother Earth” in Sanskrit. The cold-pressed sugarcane juice (cane water) is a Low Glycemic Certified beverage and Paleo friendly. Their mission is to revolutionize the relationship with sugarcane in Western culture by promoting its Ayurvedic health benefits, partnering with minority farmers, and working for radical positive environmental impact. Bhoomi has worked with their suppliers to ensure the bagasse (sugarcane fiber) produced from cane water production is composted. Bhoomi also sources their business cards, sample cups, and sell sheets from sugarcane fiber. Bhoomi is continuing their sugarcane revolution by switching packaging to utilize sugarcane-based bio HDPE instead of their current PET bottle to be a 100% plant based bottle beverage. 

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Stories of Leadership: CC Donors

The Climate Collaborative is a free community to join, with resources, and tools to help any company go deeper on climate. This is all made possible by the contributions of our donors, and their commitment to helping the whole industry move forward. As a thank you to them, we want to share some of the fantastic ways our sponsors are leading the way on responding to climate change--and bringing the industry along with them through their support and the examples they set.

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Satellite Symphony: How Satellites, Compost, and Cows Made the Business Case for Regenerative Farming

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The Power of Carbon Farming to Mitigate Climate Change

Agriculture accounts for 15% of global emissions, and carbon farming practices such as composting, cover cropping, and rotational grazing have significant potential to start reversing that number. Project Drawdown has shown that carbon farming or regenerative agriculture practices are the 11th most powerful tool in humanity’s tool kit to mitigate global warming.

As of this writing, 151 companies have committed to implement these practices through the Climate Collaborative. Many of those companies are struggling with how to engage farmers in their supply chains to begin a shift toward adopting carbon building practices. This is, in part, because while the climate case is clear, the business case is still being developed.

Straus Family Creamery— a pioneer in carbon farming and many other sustainable practices— set out to change that. Straus has started to build an unprecedented financial case for carbon farming and ranchland management.

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Case Study: Reducing Food Waste Through Supplier Engagement

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The Climate Potential of Food Waste Reduction

pom.jpgA third of all food produced globally goes to waste, accounting for 4.4 gigatonnes of GHG emissions. If food waste were its own country, it would rank third-highest in emissions of all the countries on Earth![1]

Food waste emissions are created through the process of growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, and refrigerating food, then transporting it again to its final resting place—the landfill—where it rots, creating more GHG emissions. Food waste also represents a tremendous waste of resources including water, cropland, fuel, fertilizer and human labor, making it not only terrible for the environment but also a significant financial loss for brands, retailers and consumers!

Situated between producers, distributors and consumers, retailers have a unique potential to impact emissions both upstream and down, by working with all of these parties to minimize food loss and waste. BriarPatch Food Co-op, a community-owned business in Grass Valley, California, has pioneered a successful effort to minimize waste at the source by working with local producers.

 

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Conversion to 50% Post Consumer Recycled PET Bottles

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CC_Not_For_Sale.JPGREBBL, an organic beverage company that creates plant-based elixirs, makes strides in reducing its environmental footprint by incorporating recycled plastic into its bottles. A core part of REBBLʼs mission is to create positive social and environmental impact by leveraging business as a tool for good. Through ethical, impact sourcing of ingredients, REBBL strives for dignified supply chains, promotes regenerative stewardship of the earth and its resources, and empowers communities around the world, thereby reducing the risk of human trafficking. REBBL also contributes 2.5% of net sales to the nonprofit Not for Sale, an organization that supports survivors of exploitation.

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Happy Family Organics Right-Sizes Packages Reducing Climate Impact

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Happy Family Organics started as Happy Baby in 2006 with the mission to “change the trajectory of children’s health through happy_family_yogis.JPGnutrition.” Since then, the company has grown exponentially and continues to offer innovatively packaged organic food options grown without artificial hormones, GMOs, or toxic persistent pesticides.


Alongside the company’s growth, they’ve deepened their commitment to climate action. They’ve made six climate commitments through the Climate Collaborative, and packaging is one of their core priority areas.

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Impacts of Increased Recycled Content in Secondary Packaging

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Guayakí’s vision holds that yerba mate culture will power their Market Driven Regeneration™ business model to regenerate ecosystems and create vibrant communities. Yerba mate is a holly plant native to South America with the caffeine strength of guayaki_can.JPGcoffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate.


Guayakí sells a wide range of products from loose leaf yerba mate and mate bags, mate gourds and bombillas (drinking apparatus) to ready-to-drink beverages made from yerba mate in a wide variety of flavors.


Guayakí focuses on the whole product life cycle and incorporates regeneration in each step, including their packaging. 95% of their packaging is recyclable or compostable including a home-compostable bag.

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Engaging in Climate Policy Through Collaborative Organizing

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ENGAGING IN POLICY TO MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE

Although corporate action is critical, it is not sufficient to overcome our climate challenges. The global nature of climate change – a true “tragedy of the commons” – makes it too easy for the efforts of climate-forward corporations to be rendered moot by the actions of others that fail to act in a similarly climate-friendly manner. Only with government policies and enforcement can we hope to enact the kinds of sweeping changes needed to level the playing field for businesses and truly move the needle on climate change.

Climate Collaborative committed company Mountain Rose Herbs began collaborating with other companies and nonprofits to increase their impact on climate-friendly policies in their home state of Oregon. Their efforts serve as an excellent example for other companies considering taking the plunge into policy engagement.

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