2020: Katjes production is carbon-neutral!

In 2020, we were one of the first companies in this industry to achieve carbon neutrality at all three of our production sites in Germany. It took both big and small steps to achieve this goal.

The biggest step we have taken to reduce our carbon footprint was transitioning to green electricity, which we have now used exclusively since 2015. We also continually strive to optimize our energy consumption – year over year, we manage to use less energy per ton of finished goods. We aim to halve our carbon footprint by 2030. Even the little things help: taking the train instead of flying to business meetings, for example.

Not all carbon emissions can be reduced overnight. This is why we support important, certified climate protection projects around the world. In Peru, for example, where we’re helping to preserve the rainforests and plant more cocoa trees. We’re also a member of Germany’s Climate and Development Alliance, and keep pace with the latest developments so that we can continually optimize our energy usage.

The packaging of the future.

Let’s start with the good news. We use 100% recycled materials for our boxes. All our packaging can be recycled. We regularly review the situation to see how we can optimize it. But our packaging does have to meet very exacting standards in order to keep our products fresh, hygienic and full of flavor. Presently, we can’t see any alternative to plastic. Unfortunately. We’re not interested in greenwashing, so we scrutinize alternatives to plastic very carefully.

Unfortunately, bioplastics are anything but resource-friendly. They don’t decompose naturally, and they can’t always be recycled. Manufacturing paper packaging would require enormous amounts of energy and water. Even then, we’d still need to coat paper bags with plastic to keep our products fresh which, in our humble opinion, defeats the point. Instead, we’ve decided that we want to be real packaging pioneers. We want to develop a genuine alternative to plastic. And we’re working on it!

You have a great idea for how we could package our products better? Please submit it to info@katjes.de.

Being mindful of resources means using fewer of them.

We constantly review our production processes and modernize our machines to ensure we use as few raw materials as possible. For example, we’ve installed state-of-the-art cooling units, our own cogeneration plant and thermal insulation, and we’ve optimized our compressed air processes and other processes to cut down on our carbon emissions and make sure that, day by day, we use less electricity and water.

Handling resources mindfully means generating as little waste as possible. 80% of our raw materials are delivered in reusable containers. This means we have virtually no packaging waste in our factories. And we don’t waste any food. Because if any of our products don’t quite meet our exacting quality standards, we simply sell them as factory seconds.

‘All veggie’ benefits the environment, too.

Intensive livestock farming is accelerating climate change. The carbon footprint for one kilo of vegetables is twenty times lower than for one kilo of pork. And vegetables need considerably less water, too. We’ve noticed a real difference since transitioning our entire production to vegetarian. For example, when we produce our Grün-Ohr-Bärchen (green-eared bears), our harmful emissions (e.g. CO2 and methane) are around 20% lower than for gummy bears that contain gelatin. And we use 42% less water. So changing our production was a win win situation all around – for animals and for all of us.