🌱 Our Commitment to Sustainability
We Must Minimize our Climate Footprint at Every Step 👣
"We are living in the most consequential moment in climate history. We have less than 10 years to reduce global carbon emissions by at least 50% and less than 30 years to achieve net-zero emissions to open up a window of opportunity for a sustainable future"
We believe reducing our carbon footprint is the most important issue facing humanity right now. Oceans are warming, coral reefs are bleaching, forests are burning, ice caps are melting, weather patterns are changing, and CO2 levels in the atmosphere continue to rise. We must start now. There's simply no time to waste.
Our Climate Priorities:
First reduce emissions, then offset what's left.
- INGREDIENTS: 100% plant-based ingredients sourced from sustainable growers to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
- PACKAGING: Eco-friendly packaging with the lowest carbon footprint in the industry.
- PRODUCTION: We share our facility with other companies, which results in a lower footprint (e.g., less utilities) than operating individual factories.
- CARBON OFFSETS: We carefully monitor the carbon footprint of our products and purchase certified carbon credits to offset emissions by funding the fight to reverse climate change.
We use only plant-based ingredients sourced from sustainable growers in all our products to help minimize our carbon emissions. Plant-based food almost always has a lower carbon footprint than the animal counterparts:
We prioritize sustainably sourced ingredients, meaning no pesticides or fertilizers that may cause environmental harm. We prioritize growers who place sustainability at their forefront:
- More examples (e.g., coconut, cacao, hemp protein, and almonds)
- What you WON'T find in Revol Snax:
- Palm oil or other vegetable oils with detrimental impact to tropical forests [link].
- Dairy (e.g., milk protein), which is often sourced from factory farms with poor living conditions and generate methane emissions [link].
- Honey: save the bees, please! They're crucial to our eco-system for pollination, and the food industry has put bee populations at risk [link].
- Mono-cropped ingredients like corn, soy, and wheat, which require tilling that releases CO2 into the atmosphere and depletes the soil of nutrients, lessening it's ability to store carbon [link].
- ANY ingredients from at-risk agricultural regions that contribute to deforestation or other ecological harm.
We use a 90% post-consumer recycled plastic materials for our Bites because it has the lowest carbon footprint in the flexible packaging industry.
Post consumer recycled 90% plastic bags
- We recently decided on using post-consumer recycled plastic for our packaging. All of our current inventory is shipped in this packaging. The reasoning behind this is that most consumers in the US do not have access to industrial composting facilities and compostable products that end up in landfills will degrade in non-organic material and release methane. (the most likely place for compostable plastics to end up at end of life). We made this decision from carbon emissions perspective, which we've made priority in our sustainability decision making process. Our goal as a company is to minimize the climate footprint of our products through wholistic sustainability decisions. Although PCR doesn't eliminate the waste, it has a lower climate footprint than compostable packaging that ends up in a landfill. Do you think we are on the right track here? We would love to hear your thoughts.
- We're eternal optimists about moving towards a sustainable future, but we don't view the world through rose-colored glasses. The vast majority of compostable packaging doesn't end up in composting facilities, but rather in landfills. Until this changes, we'll make packaging decisions based on the current waste-disposal infrastructure that dictates the end-of-life probabilities for food packaging. We will continue to learn, observe, and improve our packaging solutions as the future progresses.
Compostable packaging creates methane in landfills https://www.ecoproducts.com/do-compostable-products-make-methane-if-they-go-into-landfills.html
- food waste and compostable packaging that ends up in landfills release methane – a greenhouse gas 80 times more potent than CO2, which contributes to climate change (source).
Issues with biodegradable plastics::
- Biodegradable bioplastics can’t be recycled and will not be accepted by AD plants. Therefore, based on the typical operational structures in place, this material must go into the general waste stream.
- Mark Hilton, head of sustainable business at consultantcy Eunomia, says landfills present a wide variety of internal conditions and most compostable packaging is also likely to be wet, increasing the chance of biodegradation. “Paper isn’t considered inert in landfill so I can’t see why PLA [a compostable bioplastic derived from plant sugars] would be,” he says. Hilton, who is conducting research on compostables for Wrap as part of the Plastics Pact, also notes that the compostable polymer itself contributes nothing in terms of nutrients when composted and hence this can’t be seen as ‘circular economy’ thinking.
- Research by the UK-based clear packaging producer Stäger involved lifecycle analysis of a number of bio-based and compostable plastics against PET and recycled PET. Using 60% recycled and 40% virgin PET came out top. However, a move to bio-based PET (non-compostable but fully recyclable) with 30% recycled content would be even better, should it become commercially viable.
- A shift from virgin fossil to virgin biobased PET would enhance Stäger’s sustainability credentials. Considering a range of environmental impacts, the move to biobased PET (with commercially available 30% renewable content) would reduce the environmental impacts by over 10%. Furthermore, the commercial development of PET with 100% biobased content is being actively pursued by several leading brands including Coca Cola and PepsiCo, offering the potential for greater environmental gains.
- Biodegradable plastic generates the most methane gas, followed by office paper, food waste, newspaper and other forms of solid waste.
- Write separate article about this for link to in-depth discussion
- paper (50% less plastic) bags
- paper bubble wrap
- corn-based packaging peanuts - run under water to degrade (probably shouldn't go to landfill)
- jar labels - easy removal so you can reuse the jars.
- HOW to reuse jars and remove labels
- cards - made from recycled paper
- boxes - paper, recyclable
plastic trays are PET 1 recyclable - the easiest plastic to recycle: please do it
- we haven't found a better option yet but are working on it - rPET is our next move
please recycle them
- How to recycle them
Other Sustainability Priorities
Living wages for our employees: All of our employees are employed at or above the living wage baseline of $15 per hour. Employees are the backbone of everything a company does and they deserve to be compensated fairly.
BIPOC and Immigrant Hiring Opportunities: