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.

Renewable drink packaging reaches consumers

“We have created the world’s first fully renewable packaging for dairy products and other beverages,” says Erik Lindroth, Environmental Director at Tetra Pak Nordics. “Finnish dairy producer Valio became the first company to use Tetra Rex® Bio-based packaging. This world premiere is one of many milestones in Tetra Pak’s long-term efforts to strengthen its product portfolio’s environmental performance and...

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Climate compensating consumer goods

“Our brand Garant Såklart [loosely translated: Guarantee Of course] is a new way of addressing climate concerns to minimize environmental impact,” says Åsa Domeij, responsible for environmental and social responsibility at Axfood. “The range includes body care and cleaning products like detergents.” “Currently, the range includes 20 products sold through Axfood channels. Free of perfumes and allergens, the range...

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Lighter food packaging

In an increasingly competitive environment, food manufacturers are trying to trim their packaging costs without compromising quality. This is not a simple equation to solve. Food packaging performs many different functions such as protecting the contents and providing a surface for images and text. One feature that has become increasingly important is to minimize the environmental impact of the...

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Bio-based food packaging

Nowadays, most of the food we buy is packaged. The packaging makes it easier to handle, transport and protect food against impact and pressure, light, moisture, oxygen, microorganisms and impurities. The packaging also helps to preserve the nutritional value, taste and smell. Usually, plastic or paper packaging materials are used as well as glass and metal. From a consumer...

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Sanitation for the millions

Access to clean water is a prerequisite for a dignified and healthy life. Every year, millions of people suffer from diseases as a result of poor sanitation and lack of clean water. And every day, 1,400 children die worldwide from diarrheal diseases such as cholera and typhoid. Clean water is so significant that the UN General Assembly has recognized...

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Bioplastic bag for food waste

A trash bag that consists of lime, vegetable starch and biodegradable polyester has recently been developed. It took Åke Rosén, founder of EcoLean, three years to perfect the new environmentally friendly bag. The bag is now commercially available in Sweden and is sold by Gaia Holding AB that specializes in household, commercial kitchen and restaurant waste. “Gaia means Mother...

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Ethical coffee chain expands

“Barista was started in September 2006 with the intention of being a new kind of coffee shop –nerdy coffees and organic products, knowledgeable and lively staff, and a transparent value chain with Fair Trade and a cooperation with the UN”, says Björn Almér, one of the founders of Barista.  “Together with Nina Forsberg and Maria Andersson, we created a...

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The world’s first carbon neutral detergent

“About ten years ago, the Swedish Consumer Agency asked a number of consumers about what they considered the most important criteria when purchasing detergent. In first place came detergent efficiency – the laundry should be clean, the second criteria was price and the third was the environmental impact. A similar market survey, conducted a few years ago, showed that...

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New technology reduces the waste of food

Within the European Union we throw away on average 179 kg of food per person per year. If nothing is done, the trend will increase. In Sweden alone, we throw away a million tons of food waste per year. The EU Parliament has set a target to halve food waste by 2025. According to Sweden’s Environmental Protection Agency savings...

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A cleaner world with energy efficient fireplaces

“Today, toxic coal smoke from cooking causes more deaths than malaria and it takes six tons of wood to produce one ton of charcoal,” says Per Löfberg, Marketing Manager for the Swedish-Zambian company Emerging Cooking Solutions. “We have developed a system of pellet-fired stoves that help to save forests, reduce the time of cooking, and enhance health and household...

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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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