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Sustainably Sourced

The food industry is one of the most unsustainable parts of the global economy. Short-sighted practices have become the norm, and the results have been catastrophic for the planet, farming communities and people’s health and happiness. 
But we believe it doesn’t have to be this way. .
 
The increased interdependence of farmers, brands, and consumers around the world gives us the chance to build networks and partnerships and make changes in our choices that can have a far-reaching effect. More than ever. From the material we use for our packaging to the way we dry our products, we are committed to sustainable practices and making a real difference through the way we act. By making choices that are right by nature we help you make the right choices.

All Plastic is Not Created Equal

Sustainably Packaged

  • Our packaging is 100% recyclable mono-substrate 25HD200.
  • This low-density material can easily be routed through most European recycling circuits.
  • Our ink and protective wrap are both solvent-free to ensure optimal recyclability and protection.
  • We are setting the market trend by offering larger packaging formats. Bigger packs = less waste, so if you want to go the extra mile for the planet, grab one of our larger pack sizes and stock up for the winter.
  • We are continuing to work towards more sustainable, protective, and easily recyclable packaging solutions through our work with the European Plastics Pledge.

Industry Pioneers

Both PlantLife and Lemberona (our parent company) are industry pioneers when it comes to packaging solutions. We actively collaborate with working groups to guide our efforts to minimise impact while ensuring the safety and quality of our products. As part of our continued efforts to implement the best possible packaging solution, we are proud to be a member of the European Plastics Pledge.


What is the European Plastics Pact?

The European Plastics Pact is an initiative that brings together leading countries and businesses from across Europe to achieve a fully circular and sustainable European plastics economy.

PlantLife is proud to join an impressive list of 18 national governments and more than 80 companies who have committed to the Pact and its principles.

As part of our membership, we are setting new targets for our plastic use and sharing these in the coming months as part of a new integrated sustainability plan for PlantLife.

Carbon Positive

As part of our commitment to being carbon positive, we are involved in reforestation programmes across Uzbekistan. Our carbon offsetting is assessed by a leading global sustainability consultancy: Anthesis. Anthesis has estimated the new PlantLife range to generate 537 tonnes CO2e per year from farm to customer delivery.

Back in 2013, our parent company, Lemberona, planted a mixed forest of 300 000 trees in a mountainous area near Samarkand, Uzbekistan, close to where our wild fruits and nuts are collected.
Today, the total amount of carbon captured by the forest each year is greater than the carbon emissions created by our product range, making us carbon positive!
 
What’s more, these trees were planted in deforested and erosion-prone mountain areas and help reduce the incidence of landslides and mudslides that can threaten the safety and security of villages in the mountains.


But we’re not stopping here, and we’ll be sharing some more plans to go even further in the coming months.

Our Processing Facility in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is a beautiful part of the world – fertile, scenic, and home to a hospitable, warm culture. It’s also our spiritual home and the source of many of our wonderful products. All PlantLife products from Uzbekistan come from one drying facility in the outskirts of Samarkand. The plant was Elmira’s idea and was built by Silk Road to create a sustainable, ethical facility that we’d be proud to call our own. The plant was designed from the ground up, with help from a top engineer and designer who helped make the dream a reality.

The plant uses a combination of solar and sun drying (one thing Uzbekistan is not short of is sunshine). Solar drying refers to using solar panels to generate heat while sun drying uses the pure sun rays themselves with products spread out on protected trays to be dried naturally. One of the unique features is a drying system that fuses low-tech with hi-tech by using stones to absorb heat during the day and release it slowly through the night to allow round the clock solar drying, even when there is no sun.

Between 60-200 people work at the plant - more in the high season and harvest and fewer in the winter. Many women are employed on the sorting desks, where they check for quality. The management team consists of 13 people, 4 of whom are women. The workers receive a good salary and free food – some have worked at the plant for more than twenty years!

Our Austrian Processing Facility

Once our products reach Austria, they’re taken to our plant in Sankt Pölten, just outside of Vienna. This high-tech plant uses resource-saving processes like our modern pressure chamber and spectroscopy or laser technology. Lasers help us sort our products, resulting in perfect quality in every pack.
 
Our high-pressure disinfection chamber ensures clean and safe goods in every PlantLife pack, without the use of chemicals or pesticides.