Fact: Every year, nearly half of the fruits & veg produced globally go to waste. This means that for each fruit and vegetable we eat, another is thrown out - wait, that’s 1 for 1! On top of that, over 20% of produce grown each year doesn’t even leave the farm.
Another fact: There are now over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean with 8.75 million metric tons being added every year. If you’re wondering what that means, well, in short: by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.
Ok, just one last fact: Nearly 30% of the world's population is micronutrient deficient, which results in dangerous health conditions that are preventable through nutrition education and responsible consumption.
SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION IS ABOUT DOING MORE AND BETTER WITH LESS
So what needs to change?
There are many simple changes to consumption habits that can ultimately have a large, positive impact on society as a whole.
- Lost resources
Reducing food loss and waste can contribute to environmental sustainability by lowering production costs and increasing the efficiency of food systems. Currently, we lose 13.8% of produce after harvesting and during transport, storage, and processing alone, amounting to a cost of over $400 billion a year. Food loss and waste contribute to approximately 8% of the total carbon emissions in the world. Do you know what else contributes to high carbon emissions? Shipping high-volume/weight products!
Continue reading to learn how SYP is engaged and dedicated to reducing these numbers.
- The plastic issue
The plastic crisis is slowly and silently killing both us and our planet. Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues to date. Originally, plastic was produced to last forever, however, most of it ends up only being used once - creating the crisis we face today: the infamous single-use plastic. Now more than ever, it’s critical to take action. Plastic can take hundreds of years to decompose, and as it does, it breaks down into micro-plastics that find their way into the food chain - harming wildlife and eventually ending up on our plates. Recent research says we’re eating a credit card’s worth of plastic each week!
How can WE help as a business?
Creating and producing sustainable products is a learning process that takes time, which is why SYP is continuously seeking new solutions that enable sustainable consumption and production patterns.
First, let’s break down two terms that often confuse consumers:
- Food loss refers to food that gets spoilt or otherwise lost during its process in the food supply chain before it reaches its final product stage. Food loss typically takes place at production, post-harvest, processing, and distribution stages in the food supply chain;
- Food waste refers to food that completes the food supply chain up to a final product but still doesn't get consumed because it's discarded, whether or not after it's left to spoil or expire. Food waste typically (but not exclusively) takes place at retail and consumption stages in the food supply chain.
We're on a mission to combat food loss. SYP currently has a unique supply chain of partners who are aligned with our environmental and ethical values and standards. At the moment 40% of our ingredients come from lost produce. This means that nearly half of our powdered drinks are made using lost raw ingredients.
Our goal is to increase this number to 75% by 2026.
Additionally, SYP is committed to keeping our carbon footprint as minimal as possible. How are we limiting emissions? We designed our products with the goal of keeping emissions low, by making them incredibly lightweight. Everything we produce and ship to customers comes in a dry format and by shipping only powder and no water our products are much lighter. In fact, our sachets are 72 times smaller and 55.5 times lighter than a conventional 500ml bottle of liquid drink.
Because our products are lighter, we can also ship them with fewer carbon emissions. For example, if we ship our products on a typical shipping truck that is 40 feet long, for every truckload of SYP Products, it would require 72 trucks to fit the equivalent amount of 500ml drinking bottles filled with liquid.
How can YOU help as a consumer?
The way to reduce the impact from a consumer perspective is to make better choices when buying and consuming food, fashion, or … anything really.
There are three main ways you can help:
Support brands that take a stand;
The classic but real: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Reduce the amount of waste you produce, reuse items as much as you can before replacing them, and recycle items whenever possible;
Be mindful about what you buy, and choose a more sustainable option whenever possible. And, #BYOB! Aka ditch those single-use bottles and Bring Your Own Bottle.