To reduce the impact on the environment, it is important to throw away as little as possible, and also to pay attention to what is thrown away. In recent years, Ekoplaza has introduced a number of initiatives in connection with waste.
Various studies have already shown that too much of our food is thrown away unnecessarily. This form of food waste is also a focal point for Ekoplaza. At Ekoplaza, too much waste is still generated that could be made use of. However, many individual shops have already set up partnerships with a food bank or children’s farm. During the coming year, avoiding food waste will be an important theme for Ekoplaza
Plastic: Compostable packaging
Instead of plastic, Ekoplaza is increasingly opting for compostable packaging. This packaging does not harm the environment and is fully composted after about 8 weeks. It is already used for many of the products filled by Ekoplaza, such as various types of nuts, rice and beans. This packaging has been in use since the beginning of 2013. In the intervening period, this has led to an enormous reduction in the use of plastic. Calculations show that this is equivalent to a surface area of 78 km2 – enough to cover the entire city of Groningen.
At the end of 2013, the same packaging was introduced for the prepacked vegetables and lettuce varieties sold under the Proef label.
As well as eliminating food and plastic waste, Ekoplaza is also trying to keep the use of paper to a minimum.
The following measures have already been taken for this:
• All paper and cardboard from the shops is brought back to the head office and collected by a paper recycling firm.
• All the paper used is certified with a label for sustainable forestry or recycled paper. For example, our magazine Lekker (W)eten has the PEFC logo and the special offer leaflets the FSC logo.
• Ekoplaza personnel can view their wage slips digitally. This means no paper wage slips are sent.