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Getting the Most from the Sunshine
We’ve teamed up with Symbior Solar, to generate renewable energy from the sunshine. In Thailand, we’ve been producing 4 GWh annually since 2020, while in the Philippines, we’re installing solar panels that will also generate 4 GWh of renewable energy every year. We’re estimating that by 2030, our Philippines panels alone will reduce our annual greenhouse gas emissions by 24,272 tCO2e.
Supporting Our Farmers
The livelihoods and well-being of our farmers matters to us. That’s why we’re working together with our partner Solidaridad to teach farmers the skills they need to grow more and earn more, at the same time as protecting the land and soil. As our farmers improve their crops and yields, the availability of high-quality fruit for us to source goes up too.
Innovative Packaging Straps
Using our innovative paper packaging straps, we have reduced fossil-fuel based plastic by 85% for our banana packaging in New Zealand. This has also meant that our greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by 3 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) in the Philippines, where we source this packaging.
Our employees across Asia have been learning how to grow nutritious food at home, thanks to our partnership with Rooted, an online urban farming platform that supplies everything from grow kits to seeds. In the Philippines, our Urban Farming Initiative has also been boosting the availability of nutrition-packed vegetables during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Washing bananas uses lots of water, and leaves the water full of impurities such as latex from the fruit, dirt and insects, making recycling challenging. We put a variety of water recycling systems to the test and identified the two most effective. We now use these in 20% of our fruit packing plants in the Philippines, where we have achieved 500% water recycling to date.
Moving to Fossil-Fuel Free Packaging
Since March 2021, 78% of our bananas in South Korea have been sold using new paper-based straps. These straps have replaced plastic bags and stickers, reducing our use of fossil-fuel based packaging while still protecting our fruit