Raglan Food Co: NZ’s First Toitū Carbon Zero Certified Yoghurt Company

Global headlines are increasingly highlighting the urgency of the climate crisis, and back in 2018 we decided it was time to take action. We realised that the only way things will get better is if businesses start taking responsibility for the emissions they create.

Lifting the Vibe

We believe in ‘lifting the vibe’ by doing the right thing, so we have worked with Toitū Envirocare, a government-owned environmental certifications company, over the past two years, gathering data about our operations and measuring our emissions in all areas of the business, including freight, fuel, and power usage. We had our first independent audit in July 2019 and received our Carbon Zero certification! The Toitū Envirocare Carbon Zero programme is accredited by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) and was the world’s first to be accredited under ISO 14065. Its certification mark is recognised in over 60 countries through the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

A Road-map for the Future

Toitū Envirocare helped us put together a road-map for the future, setting realistic targets for reduction and improvements.

Our carbon footprint from April 2019 – March 2020 was a total of 231.72 tonnes. By far our largest contributor to this total (94 tonnes) was the sea-freight required to import our organic coconut cream. Sea-freight is already the slowest and most fuel-efficient method of getting coconut cream here (rather than air), so until teleporting is finally invented there is unfortunately not much we can do to improve this number. Once you factor in the carbon-sequestering existence of the approx. 40,000 coconut trees required for our main ingredient, it’s still a much more environmentally-friendly option than using cow’s milk.

The rest of our emissions mainly came from road freight (getting yoghurt into stores), waste (packaging that ingredients & labels etc come in, not product waste – any extra yoghurt gets donated to charity), and electricity usage. We’re planning to improve freight consolidation, work with suppliers to reduce waste to landfill, and set our new factory up with solar power to reduce these impacts.

We have offset our 2020 emissions with carbon credits in projects that include carbon sequestering in Puhoi and Kurinui forest reserves, and supporting a Fair Trade certified solar-powered oven initiative for families in India who want to lower their dependence on coal & dirty fuels.

Climate Leaders Coalition

Raglan Food Co has also became a member of the Climate Leaders Coalition as a further commitment to our goals as a Toitū Envirocare Carbon Zero certified business.

Here’s to being part of the solution! Thanks for supporting our local business in our efforts to do better.