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As part of our Dole Promise towards zero fruit loss and reduced landfills necessary for carbon neutrality, Dole Sunshine Company has partnered with social enterprise Musa Fabric to turn banana waste into fibres of purpose through a partnership creating fashion products, woven by marginalized communities. We believe that by putting the prosperity of people and the planet at the heart of everything we do, the sun shines brighter for us all.
Getting More from Bananas
In the Philippines, we’re finding clever ways to make use of imperfect bananas and reduce our fruit loss. Instead of being wasted, any delicious, healthy banana that visually doesn’t make the grade is now being made into frozen banana slices, banana chips, flour, purée, and more. Collectively, these projects have cut our local fruit loss by 23%, while opening up job opportunities for local communities.
Nothing Goes to Waste
Dole Fruit Chews and Dole Fruitly Juice are two new products created to make sure we use every possible piece of mango and papaya by making it into delicious and healthy snacks. As a result of this innovation, 1 million kg of fruit will be saved from landfill in 2021.
Reducing Fruit Loss with Quality Control
Using cloud based technology, we are digitalizing our fruit quality checks with the intent to reduce fruit loss of pineapples. Working together with quality app ClariFruit, we are building consistency into our fruit checking in order to prevent unnecessary fruit rejections. Japan is already trialling a pilot scheme, with the rest of Asia set to join by the end of 2022.
Turning Food Waste Into Energy
We’ve been looking at inventive ways to create energy from our food waste for many years. One example is using rice hulls. Since 2012, we’ve reduced our local greenhouse gas emissions in the Philippines by 240,000 tCO2e, by generating renewable biomass energy from rice hulls. In doing this, we’ve saved 77 million liters of fossil fuel that would have otherwise been needed.
By the end of 2021, we’ll be generating 7.9 MWp of our own renewable energy (at maximum capacity) and preventing fruit waste from going into landfill at the same time. That’s because we’re building two large biogas plants that will be powered by the waste fruit from our local canneries and plantation, with the aim of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 100,000 tCO2e every year.