Raglan Food Co: NZ’s First Toitū Carbon Zero Certified Yoghurt Company
Global headlines are increasingly highlighting the urgency of the climate crisis, and in 2019 we decided it was time to take action. We realised that the only way things will get better is if businesses start taking responsibility for the emissions they create.
Lifting the Vibe
We believe in ‘lifting the vibe’ by doing the right thing, so we worked with Enviro-Mark Solutions, a government-owned environmental certifications company, over a 5 month period, gathering data about our operations and measuring our emissions in all areas of the business, including freight, fuel, and power usage. We were independently audited in July 2019 and received our carboNZero certification! The Toitū Envirocare Carbon Zero programme is accredited by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) and was the world’s first to be accredited under ISO 14065. Its certification mark is recognised in over 60 countries through the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
A Road-Map for the Future
Toitū Envirocare helped us put together a road-map for the future, setting realistic targets for reduction and improvements.
Our carbon footprint from April 2018 – March 2019 was a total of 148 tonnes. By far our largest contributor to this total (nearly half – 71 tonnes) was the sea-freight required to import our organic coconut cream. Sea-freight is already the slowest and most fuel-efficient method of getting coconut cream here (rather than air), so until teleporting is finally invented there is unfortunately not much we can do to improve this number. Once you factor in the carbon-sequestering existence of the approx. 14,000 coconut trees required for our main ingredient, it’s still a much more environmentally-friendly option than using cow’s milk.
The rest of our emissions mainly came from road freight (getting yoghurt into stores), waste (packaging that ingredients & labels etc come in, not product waste – any extra yoghurt gets donated to charity), and electricity usage. We’re planning to improve freight consolidation, work with suppliers to reduce waste to landfill, and change to a 100% renewable electricity supplier to reduce these impacts.
We have offset our 2019 emissions with carbon credits in projects that include carbon sequestering in Puhoi and Kurinui forest reserves, and supporting a solar-powered oven initiative for families in India who want to lower their dependence on coal & dirty fuels.