No Evil Foods, makers of small-batch plant-based meat, is announcing their partnership with rePurpose Global, a movement of conscious consumers and businesses, to offset their plastic footprint. The brand has committed to going plastic negative by funding the recovery and recycling of two pounds of plastic waste for every one pound they generate. In doing so, they will become the first plant-based meat company to take a plastic-negative stance.
Every year, eight million metric tons of plastic is added to the estimated 150 metric tons of plastic waste circulating in our oceans. It's not a plastic problem, it's a plastic waste problem.
"Becoming a Plastic Negative company through rePurpose Global enables us to be directly actionable in our mission to fuel and inspire positive impacts on people, planet, and animals. As a food manufacturer, plastic is a necessity to create safe products, but we can't ignore our participation in a pressing global plastic-waste problem," said Sadrah Schadel, co-founder of No Evil Foods. "For No Evil Foods, that means committing to plastic neutrality and choosing to do business responsibly and sustainably by removing twice as much plastic waste generated from our packaging. Until viable alternatives exist, we will continue to seek ways to manage the impact of the creation of our products."
No Evil Foods' mission is to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment and their partnership with rePurpose Global not only drives positive environmental impacts, but positive social impacts as well.
Through rePurpose Global, CarPe, a civic engagement enterprise, will directly support No Evil Foods' commitment by serving as their impact partner. CarPe is focused on waste management and has significant expertise in building new value chains for plastic waste recovery and recycling across central and northern India. CarPe will act as the on-the-ground support to recover twice the amount of low value plastic than the company's plastic footprint. In the first year of the partnership, it is estimated that CarPe will remove ~8,000 lbs of plastic from the ecosystem – 2x the amount of plastic used to produce No Evil Foods' products.
"Our partnership with rePurpose has a positive environmental as well as a social impact. By offsetting our plastic waste through CarPe, we are also supporting a project that is dedicated to doing no harm to marginalized communities while striving to improve their conditions," said Schadel.
Even though plastics are necessary in food packaging to extend the shelf life, sustainability has long been a priority for No Evil Foods. Each of their Plant Meat varieties are wrapped in an unbleached kraft carton for a packaging material that is fully home compostable. Made from 100% compostable and recyclable materials, their packaging utilizes plant-based ink and water-soluble adhesives.
"Sustainable packaging is a huge part of the No Evil Foods brand and in the future, we hope to eliminate our need for plastics in our packaging altogether. Until then, we feel that making a Plastic Neutral or Plastic Negative commitment through organizations like rePurpose Global is the next best step a company can take," said Schadel.
This partnership with rePurpose Global is the latest way No Evil Foods is armoring their consumers with knowledge of the impact their food choices can have on the environment and spreading positivity. Driven by the mindset of doing good for the planet and the people on the planet, so far in 2020 the brand has donated over 12,500 pounds of their Plant Meat to people in need and has indefinitely extended their $2.25/hour "Our Team Is Freaking Awesome! Pay" for their essential workers since the start of the pandemic.
"Now, more than ever, we need brands like No Evil Foods to take the lead on environmental action," said Svanika Balasubramanian, CEO of rePurpose Global. "Their decision to go Plastic Negative will undoubtedly resound across their industry, and we're excited to help them achieve their sustainability goals moving forward."
About No Evil Foods
No Evil Foods is a mission-driven business near Asheville, NC focused on impacting environmental sustainability, public health, and animal welfare through better food choices. Every bite of No Evil Foods you take supports our cause: to use food as a force for good, because real change starts at the center of your plate. No Evil Foods product line includes Comrade Cluck 'No Chicken', The Stallion 'Italian Sausage', El Zapatista 'Chorizo', and Pit Boss 'Pulled 'Pork' BBQ,' all are low in fat, high in protein, and free from cholesterol, nitrates, and antibiotics. No Evil Foods started in 2014 and is now available nationwide in retailers like Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, Kroger, Publix, as well as coops and independents.