How sustainable are coconuts?
The organic coconut milk we use in our products is transported from South-East Asia to Europe by ship. To contribute to a sustainable supply chain, Abbot Kinney’s is affiliated with the GoodShipping Program. The GoodShipping Program offers companies the opportunity to make container shipments less polluting by using offering a way to change the fuel mix. More information about the GoodShipping Program can be found on their website: https://goodshipping.com/
In terms of product waste, there is none, because every single part of the coconut gets used. The hairs on the coconut shells are strong and resilient, making them perfect for brooms and doormats whilst the empty shells are used for making furniture or potting soil for your garden. The shells can even be burnt and used as a fuel.
How sustainable is the packaging?
The paper in our packaging is made from recycled cardboard. Recycling paper is something we’re quite good at in the Netherlands as 85% of the used paper and cardboard is collected and recycled here.
Our plastic cups are made from PP a.k.a polypropylene. This is a firm, food-safe and easily recyclable type of packaging. We are working on a cup that is made entirely or partially from recycled PP or PCR plastic. You’ll be the first to find out, once we’ve cracked it.
At present, the Coco Start seal is made from aluminium foil. The downside to aluminium foil is that it requires a lot of energy to make, which is why we’re looking for an alternative. Luckily, aluminium is easily recycled, so please make sure to recycle it once you’re done.