The Planted LCA
1) Life Cycle Assessment
For the life cycle assessment, the whole life cycle of our products was assessed. Well yes, the name of the method kind of gives that away. Just to be precise though: Eaternity looked at our products from cradle to grave. That means, from planting and harvesting the ingredients, to processing and transporting them, energy use at our production site, storage, transport into stores and ultimately even the disposal of our packaging, everything was included. These calculations are especially important to us because they give us insights into which areas we can improve upon and which are our biggest levers to do so.
2) Comparison to the animal product
The comparison to the animal equivalent was also conducted by our partners at Eaternity. Taking planted.chicken as an example, its footprint is compared to a conventionally raised Swiss chicken (breast). Why do we compare to a Swiss chicken? Since we produce in Switzerland, it makes sense to compare to a chicken raised in Switzerland.
What goes for the LCA of our product also holds for the LCA of the animal chicken breast. That is, in principle, that the whole lifecycle is taken into consideration. Since no reliable data was available however for the last few steps of the life cycle of the animal chicken breast, we compared the cradle-to-gate numbers for planted.chicken to those of the animal chicken (so from production until the finished product leaves the factory but excluding e.g. transport into stores). You know, just making sure to compare apples to apples.
Check out the full eaternity report below.