When COOK started in 1997, we were largely ignorant of the food system we were entering. Over the years we’ve learnt the disturbing truth: that a lot of the production of food consumed in this country has a significant negative impact on our planet. As a business, we are working hard to lessen our impact on the environment and help create a system that can provide food for generations to come. Get the details of what we’re doing to reduce our emissions here.
As part of our work to understand COOK’s broader environmental impact, we’ve partnered with Climate Care, a fellow B Corp, to calculate the carbon footprint of a Christmas meal. For every Christmas lunch bundle sold this year, we’ll offset the estimated amount of carbon produced every single step of the way – from rearing the turkey and preparing it in our Kitchen to transporting it and cooking it in your oven at home (and we’ve added an extra 60% to our carbon estimation, just to be sure we are offsetting everything). The specifics are in a chart at the bottom of this page.
Through this carbon offsetting we’re funding a project that supplies new, energy-efficient stoves to families in Kenya. They use 50% less fuel and reduce exposure to indoor air pollution. Each stove reduces CO2 emissions by 1.4 tonnes a year and they are made locally, providing jobs and a boost to the economy.
It is all part of a bigger project with Climate Care, where we’re offsetting all of our direct carbon emissions (the electricity we purchase is already from renewables). We’re well aware that this offsetting isn’t the solution to the carbon problem; it is rather just a small step on a long journey to reduce our environmental footprint and make COOK sustainable.
How did we work out the amount of carbon to offset per portion?
We worked with Climate Care to work out the carbon emission associated with each part of our Christmas lunch being grown, transported, processed, stored, and cooked. You do this by quantifying the volume, distance or KWH electricity involved in the different parts of the meal and then multiplying this by an emission factor (the amount of CO2 emitted per unit e.g, 0.153kg of CO2 emitted per KM an average car drives).