Our Carbon Footprint,
From Seed to Table

We have followed the seed to table journey of our foods to measure our carbon footprint at every step so we can look for planet positive ways to lower our impact on climate change. That includes all the greenhouse gas emissions that are made from how our foods are grown, made, packaged, shipped, and stored. Using first-hand data when we have it and best available estimates when we don’t. We even estimated the emissions from the electricity it takes for you to toast our waffles and emissions from packaging and crumbs that are thrown away! Click through the seed to table journey below to learn more.

 
 
 
 
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We estimate that 48% of our emissions come from growing, shipping, and milling our ingredients.

Organic wheat, California raisins, Fair Trade chocolate, you name it we counted it!


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We are looking for ways to lower the emissions from our ingredients.

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Certified transitional foods.

Kashi’s certified transitional foods have already helped convert over 10,000 acres of US farmland into organic, and we are continue to look for ways to lower the impact of this step in our seed to table journey.

 
 
 
 
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Make

We estimate that 27% of our emissions come from how we cook or bake our foods.

The energy to mix, steam, shred, bake, cool, or freeze our foods is measured at all of facilities where our food is made. But that’s not all, we also considered all the people who make it happen, their commute, and the energy that powers their offices.

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We are increasing our use of renewable wind energy to power our plants and we invest in carbon offset programs.

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Kashi and renewable energy and carbon offset programs

We are increasing our use of renewable wind energy to power our plants and we invest in carbon offset programs that pull methane from landfills and use it to help power 1,600 homes and a nearby hospital.

 
 
 
 
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Package

We estimate that 19% of our emissions come from how we package and ship our foods to grocery stores.

While 100% of our boxes are curbside recyclable and 100% of our cereal and waffle liners are in-store recyclable, it still takes some energy to make all those boxes, pallets, and cases to keep your food safe and fresh.

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We are constantly working to lower the amount of plastic used in our liners.

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Lower the amount of plastic used

We are constantly working to lower the amount of plastic used in our liners.

 
 
 
 
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Enjoy

We estimate that 5% of our emissions come from how you prepare and enjoy our foods.

The ball’s in your court now! The way you enjoy our foods can have a significant impact on your carbon footprint. Meat foods, dairy, and eggs generally have significantly higher carbon footprint than foods that are mostly made of plants. Food waste that makes it to a landfill breaks down and releases greenhouse gasses.

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Here are some delicious ways to keep your emissions low when enjoying our foods.

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Eat Less Meat

• Looking for a way to eat less meat but still get enough protein to power through your day? Try our plant-based protein cereals.

• Enjoy our foods with other plant-based foods: Try dairy alternatives with our cereals, or creamy nut butters on our waffles.


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Avoid Food Waste

• Have a little cereal left at the bottom of the bag? Crush it up to use in other recipes.

• Try your hand at making compost with leftover foods from any of your meals. If you don’t have your own garden, donate your kitchen scraps to a community garden or composting program.


 
 
 
 
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