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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.

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.

Forest Rehabilitation

We are showing our love for the land by supporting the National Greening Program in the Philippines. In 2020, we planted 181,666 trees, including 60,949 bamboo plants, and adopted and nurtured rivers, creeks and forests close to our farms too.

Natural Weed Control

In Sri Lanka, we’ve removed herbicides from our weed control thanks to a collaborative project with our workers. Small teams have been assigned ten hectares of land each and trained in natural weed control, and in return they receive a salary supplement. This ecological solution means less soil erosion, more soil biodiversity, better soil quality and with that more nutritious fruit.

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.

Power Transformation

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.