Running a business is hard on the environment - there's no doubt about it. When sourcing ingredients and materials for our food and packaging, we are committed to seeking out the most sustainable options first. We did end up choosing plastic packaging, but it wasn't a decision we made lightly. Without diving into too many monotonous details, we found plastic to be the safest, most reliable, and most cost effective solution for our current needs as an early stage startup.
While we're tackling the greater impact of our current agricultural system and go-to protein sources, we know there will always be room for improvement in our sustainable mission. As part of our promise to be transparent with our community, we wanted to be sure to acknowledge that our use of plastic is a weak point in our sustainable mission.
Because we understand just how much businesses impact our planet, we joined 1% For The Planet and have committed 1% of our sales to environmental nonprofits.
We are actively seeking alternatives that better align with our values and mission - stay tuned as things develop!
In terms of food sustainability, let's dive a bit deeper:
Current go-to protein sources have a massive environmental impact and are extremely unsustainable. The top meat and dairy corporations produce more greenhouse gases (GHGs) than Exxon, Shell, or BP.
Only 2.5% of water on Earth is freshwater, and only 10.6% of the Earth’s total land area is arable (capable of growing crops). Yet today’s agricultural industry uses 70% of both freshwater and arable land, diminishing these valuable resources.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations says that insects have a huge opportunity to meet the rising demand for meat products. This demand for meat products is expected to more than double by 2050, but the environmental costs of meeting these demands with our current solutions – traditional meat products - are not sustainable long-term.
Crickets use a fraction of the resources used by meat products. They use less water, less feed, less land, and they produce more edible weight. They also produce virtually no GHGs, ammonia, or methane, and can reproduce much faster than large mammals.
See below for a quick review on Crickets vs. Beef.