Our food has both direct and indirect impacts on the environment when it is produced and transported. The environment is affected by retail operations and by waste generated in the consumer chain. A great deal is happening in the environmental area in the food industry. Production, packaging and transportation all have significant environmental impacts.

Nutrient recycling turns a problem into profit

The input of nutrients is essential for food production - but nutrient leaching from soils causes pollution and euthropication. EkoBalans completes the cycles by removing harmful substances from waste and residual streams and refining the nutrients into fertilizer.

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Beer with smaller climate impact

Our drinking habits and the beer market have changed a lot in recent years. Ten years ago, there were about 20 breweries operating in Sweden. Today, the number is closer to 190. In the 1970s, Systembolaget (the government owned chain of liquor stores with monopoly on alcohol sales in Sweden) offered 50 different kinds of beer. Now, thousands of beers are available. In the 1970s, few except the environmental authorities made any connection between beer production and the environment, or linked business opportunities to environmental advantage.

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Simris alg is a bubbling company

During the summer of 2017 articles from our growing archive will be republished. This one was first published in January 2013. Fredrika Gullfot and her colleagues grow algae. Two thousand square meters of abandoned greenhouses in Hammenhög in southern Sweden have been transformed from cultivating flowers and other plants to the production of single-celled algae. “We grow algae in...

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Paper-based packaging solutions reduce environmental impact

BillerudKorsnäs, a leader in sustainability according to DJSI, creates biobased packaging solutions that are climate efficient compared to the materials they replace. A recently launched sealed, stable paper bag is the first of its kind in the world - and the company is currently developing a revolutionary paper bottle for carbonated beverages.

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Aiming for organic closed-cycle farming

At Wapnö, Sweden's largest dairy farm, sustainability and circularity are key. The farm uses modern technology to move towards organic closed-cycle agriculture, and the products are refined locally.

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Microfungi replaces fishmeal

Zygomycetes are microfungi that decompose dead plant material. They grow well on sidestreams from forest and agricultural industry, providing a nutritious and environment-friendly biomass, suitable as fish feed.

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A packaging recycling landmark

Single-serve coffee systems are convenient and simple to use. Their main drawback is the packaging waste they leave behind, composed of a mix of materials. But recycling is possible. Thanks to a recycling programme created by TASSIMO and TerraCycle, 50 tonnes of waste or 3 million pods and packages have been diverted from incineration.

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In search of lost food

Food waste is a problem for the economy and the environment alike. The grocery chain City Gross  is trying to tackle the problem, by putting special waste investigators in charge of improving procedures and coming up with counteractions. One example is the store in Hyllinge, which serves up food prepared from products close to expiry. ”Wastage is a familiar...

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The Swedish project Advantage Environment provides information about existing and future products designed to reduce environmental impacts.


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