Sustainability

Sustainability

At Good Boost Co, we make all of our products from plants. That means our products are kinder to Mother Nature. You can read more here about why this is. 

Why Plant Based?

Why Plant Based?

As a planet, the single biggest environmental risk  we are currently facing is global warming. Greenhouse gasses or CO2 emissions are the largest contributor to this climate change.

It is now unquestionable that moving to a plant based diet is one of the single biggest ways to reduce our environmental impact on the planet. In fact a recent study from Oxford University has found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individuals carbon footprint from food by up to 73%.  

If you take a snapshot of a food products total carbon footprint, it is the agricultural/horticultural element (ie growing the plant or raising the animal and associated farming practices) which has the biggest impact on our environment, typically contributing over 50% of the total greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, a recent study found that between 71% and 96% of the total greenhouse gas emissions from the production of dairy based yoghurt comes from the agricultural portion of the dairy milk ("Using Life Cycle Assessment to Assess Yoghurt Production" Belo, Sara, et al). In general food processing is the next most significant contributor and, surprisingly, only the small remaining portion comes from the packaging itself.

Whether products are plant based or animal based, the agricultural/horticultural element still accounts for the largest proportion of greenhouse gas emissions. However, the carbon emissions produced in the growing of plant based products  is significantly less than the equivalent for animal based products. For example, a recent study shows, producing 1 Litre of cows milk generates 1.67kg CO2 Equivalent. Producing 1 Litre of Almond Milk generates 0.36kg CO2E Equivalent (“Almond Milk vs. Cow Milk Life Cycle Assessment” J. Ho, I. Maradiaga, J. Martin, H. Nguyen, L. Trinh. June 2, 2016.) That’s 78% less!

Of course, it is not nearly as one dimensional or simple as this, and there are other important factors  in regards to environmental footprint of a product.  However, by choosing to be plant based, we are helping reduce the impact our food products have on the environment and creating a more sustainable future. It’s a step in the right direction and we would love for you to join us.

Packaging

Packaging

Unfortunately, the reality is that there are no magic or perfect solutions to the global food packaging challenge and the world is in major ‘catch up’ mode – both in terms of developing new packaging materials which are more environmentally friendly and also in terms of recycling  facilities.

However, we think it is really important to keep striving to do better and we have a number of initiatives we are working on to decrease our footprint:

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  • All of our cardboard packaging comes from sustainable  forests.
  • All of our cartons are made from an average of 45% recycled material. Most are over 74%. We have goal to get this to 90%.
  • After being delivered to the supermarket, all of the cartons our products are delivered in are compacted and sent back to recycling facilities to be recycled.
  • All of our packaging is recyclable. However, due to limitations of NZ facilities that vary by region and council, sadly in reality not all recyclable materials are always recycled. A lack of suitable recycling facilities is one of the biggest challenges we face as a nation.

We are constantly assessing the best option to put our products into. After much research, we believe the best solution is using a compostable/biodegradable material. Unfortunately, while these materials do exist, we have not been able to find a supplier that currently makes a finished packaging product that is suitable for our products. As such, we are working with our suppliers to make this happen. However, this is very challenging project from a technical perspective and, frustratingly, is taking some time. If you think you can help us achieve our packaging goals then we would love to hear from you. Please contact us here.

Ingredients

Ingredients

At Good Boost Co, sustainability is really important to us. We want to ensure that the beautiful ingredients we use in our products are around for future generations to enjoy.

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Almonds

About 80% of the world’s almonds are grown in USA. However, in order to reduce our carbon footprint, we have sourced our Almonds from Australia. Sustainability is at the heart of our almond suppliers operation. As a business they have a number of initiatives that will reduce energy consumption and natural resource usage to enable continuity of supply for future generations including the following:

  • Installation of a biomass electricity co-generation plant which converts almond by-product (hull, shell and orchard waste) into electricity.
  • The result of this project is a carbon footprint reduction of 27% – equivalent to taking 8,210 cars off the road. In total, it will eliminate 23,645 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • In 2016, they installed their first 'off-the-grid' solar powered almond farm hub.
  • The installation of a 50,000 litre worm farm which converts our almond waste into liquid fertiliser
  • They are also in the process of installing low energy LED lights across all of our almond processing facilities and to date have completed this for 70% of our farms.
  • Multiple water and irrigation initiatives including:
    • The use of low friction irrigation products and technology to avoid water overuse.

    • Installing drainage to recycle orchard water

    • Improving the efficiency of water distribution to our orchards by replacing old and obsolete dripper tape, blocking irrigation to non-productive areas of our orchard and installing modern irrigation management infrastructure.

Coconuts

Coconuts

Our Coconuts are naturally and sustainably gown in tropical Indonesia. Our supplier believes in sustainable farming and contributing to the community and has the following initiatives:

  • Our coconut suppliers environmental conservation includes forest restoration, recycling wastes, and reusing wastes. For example, they now use recycled waste to make bricks which are used to construct buildings.
  • In house production of organic fertiliser which maintains the health of the soil. Some of this fertiliser is also given to the local community.
  • Providing housing, medical facilities and places of worship for their staff.
  • Providing schooling for the children of staff, ensuring an education is available for future generations.