SUSTAINABILITY AT YFOOD
yfood stands for wholesome, balanced and delicious nutrition. We created our products not only with you in mind, but also the environment. That is why we minimise the environmental burden along our entire supply chain, from the raw materials and production to the packaging and transport. We try to produce as little CO₂ and waste as possible, in every aspect of our business.
WE AVOID FOOD WASTE
Raw materials are a valuable commodity, so we want to handle them responsibly. The ingredients for our products come mainly from Europe – only a few raw materials are sourced from other parts of the world due to local availability and changes in supply.
Planning is everything when it comes to conserving resources during the production process. When making our drinks, we process 97 percent of the raw materials used and this figure climbs to 100 percent in the production of our powders. And because our products can be kept unopened for up to a year, we're also helping to reduce the waste of valuable foodstuffs in the long term.
WE USE PACKAGING THAT KEEPS FOOD SAFE
The bottles that contain our ready-to-drink meals are made of 30 to 50 percent recycled plastic and this figure is increasing all the time. Plastic bottles are unfortunately necessary to maintain our high food hygiene standards and to protect our products from light and oxygen. This packaging ensures that all those valuable nutrients remain perfectly preserved even after months of storage.
Our vegan drinks are already part of Germany's bottle deposit system. We are currently checking to see when a new packaging law will enable our milk-based drinks to join the deposit system. But either way, the most important thing is that all our bottles are 100 percent recyclable.
To dispose of our bottles correctly, peel off the aluminium foil, screw the lid back on the bottle and throw everything into your mixed recycling bin.
WHAT OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT LOOKS LIKE
OUR PRODUCTS GENERATE VERY FEW CO₂ EMISSIONS
To give you an overview of our carbon footprint, we have calculated the CO₂ emissions generated by the production of our ready-to-drink meals and powders. These figures include the emissions caused by the ingredients, the packaging and the supply chain, all the way to our customers. Together with ClimatePartner, we have calculated the following emissions in accordance with the GHG Protocol:
• Original ready-to-drink meal: 0.93 kg CO₂ pro meal (500 kcal)
• Original ready-to-drink meal: 0.59 kg CO₂ pro meal (330 kcal)
• Vegan ready-to-drink meal: 0.47 kg CO₂ per meal (500 kcal)
• Powder ready-to-mix meal: 0.15 kg CO₂ per meal (400 kcal)
These figures show that yfood ready-to-drink meals only result in very small amounts of CO₂ – especially when you compare these figures with conventional fast food like a Big Mac (4.00 kg CO₂, 503 kcal) or a serving of eggs and bacon (1.80 kg CO₂, approx. 525 kcal), don't you think?
AS MUCH CO₂ AS 12 EUROPEAN CITIZENS
In addition to our products, we took a closer look at our corporate emissions, i.e. the sum of emissions caused directly by our company or by upstream and downstream processes. The total figure for our Munich site in 2020 was 97,322 kg of CO₂. That's roughly the same as the average annual CO₂ emissions of only twelve European citizens. We achieved this through various environmentally friendly measures such as using green electricity from the Munich region.
WE GIVE BACK TO NATURE
In general, we follow this principle: avoid unnecessary emissions, reduce existing emissions and offset unavoidable emissions. After identifying our biggest sources of CO₂ and working on appropriate measures to reduce them, we offset our remaining emissions through a climate protection project that adheres to the highest quality standards (VCS) and thus we are a climate neutral company. The project we selected reforests native bamboo trees in Nicaragua and protects old-growth forests, transforming a severely degraded landscape into a diverse ecosystem with strong CO₂ storage capacities. The forest conservation project contributes to 13 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as the resulting bamboo forests reduce temperatures, enable low-emission economic activity and support vulnerable local communities.
You can find more information about the carbon offset project we support on the ClimatePartner website.
DID YOU KNOW?
WHAT DOES CLIMATE NEUTRALITY MEAN?
Climate neutrality is a term that was established many years ago and refers to the calculation, reduction and offsetting of CO₂ emissions – because there's no such thing as an emission-free product. Nevertheless, our goal is to come as close as possible to this ideal and become as sustainable as possible. Therefore, we will continue to work on reducing our CO₂ footprint in the future, so that we can decrease the amount of offsetting required to achieve complete climate neutrality.
Here's what we do to keep our carbon footprint small: The electricity for our office is provided entirely by renewable energy sources from the Munich region. Another positive is that almost 80 percent of our employees live less than ten kilometres from the office and commute on public transport, on foot or by bike, without generating any emissions. We travel to appointments within Germany mainly by train and try to avoid flights wherever possible.
WHAT IS CARBON OFFSETTING?
Companies, processes or products are climate neutral if the CO₂ emissions they produce are offset through the support of climate protection projects. The idea behind this is that greenhouse gases are distributed evenly in the atmosphere, so the concentration of greenhouse gases is roughly the same everywhere on Earth. Therefore, the location where emissions are generated or avoided is irrelevant for the global greenhouse gas concentration and the greenhouse effect. Emissions that cannot be avoided locally can therefore be offset mathematically by climate protection measures elsewhere.