LEEF offers a sustainable alternative to the increasing consumption of disposable plastic products with disposable tableware and packaging made from palm leaf.
Protecting the environment is very important to LEEF and an integral part of its business. The company has partnered with Planetly on its path to become carbon neutral. The first step was to analyse and compensate for its own carbon footprint from 2019. LEEF was not only a carbon neutral company for the period analysed, but the production of LEEF plates was also carbon neutral.
Since 2013, LEEF has made it its mission to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic products by offering sustainable palm leaf alternatives. LEEF now offers the broadest palm leaf product portfolio in Europe.
Unlike other plastic alternatives, the production of palm leaf products does not require large amounts of energy and resources. The material is taken from nature, transformed into the actual products and is compostable after use - in line with the cradle-to-cradle principle. The electricity for shaping the leaves comes from hydropower.
The LEEF team is united by their common motivation to make society more sustainable and to make the world a better place for future generations. For LEEF, it was therefore a logical step to create transparency for its own carbon footprint and to reduce it in the long term.
LEEF delivers its sustainable palm leaf plates to retail customers, business customers and wholesalers. These and other business activities naturally generate emissions, which we looked at more closely for the calculation of the footprint.
The carbon footprint includes direct and energy-related emissions (Scope 1 and 2) as well as indirect emissions (Scope 3) caused by service providers and purchased products and services. The production of LEEF's plates also falls under Scope 3, as they are produced in India by another partner company.
Adding up all emissions from transport, production, packaging, own buildings, external services and IT, as well as employee commuting and business travel, results in a carbon footprint of 206 t CO2e for 2019.
For calculating LEEF’s carbon footprint, we not only looked at the emissions of the business activities in the office in Germany, but also at the production of LEEF’s plates in India.
Together with the LEEF team, we created an overview of every step of the production: The preparation of the palm leaf, the intermediate transport to the first production site, the first processing, the second intermediate transport and the final processing at the second production site.
For all mechanical steps, the energy consumption from the production sites was calculated. Some process steps of the production at LEEF already cause no emissions, for example the drying of the palm leaf by the sun.
LEEF's carbon footprint for 2019 is 206 t CO2e. By far the largest share of the footprint is caused by the transport between the individual production steps, the transport of goods to the warehouse and the packaging of the transported goods. The production of products made up the second largest share of LEEF's emissions in 2019. These emissions are predominantly caused by the energy consumption of the production facilities in India. Additional emissions at LEEF come from a small number of business trips and employee commuting.
LEEF is already actively working to avoid or reduce CO2 emissions where possible.
LEEF wants to use as little plastic as possible for the packaging of its products which is why the company already uses PLA and cardboard almost exclusively.
All LEEF employees receive a ticket for public transport to make commuting to work as climate-friendly as possible. For business trips, the company tries to travel by train wherever possible and avoid flights.
LEEF is also already actively involved in protecting the rainforest: every palm leaf plate sold protects 1m² of endangered rainforest. The company wants to contribute to preserving the forest that is vital for us - and thus also the basis for the natural supply of palm leaf.
To further reduce its carbon footprint, LEEF switched to green electricity for its offices and servers.
To offset its carbon footprint, LEEF has chosen to support certified climate action projects in India, Indonesia and the Netherlands.
In Indonesia, LEEF supports a REDD+ project that saves 64,500 hectares of carbon-rich peat swamp forests with high biodiversity in lowland Borneo from conversion into palm oil plantations. The project also provides training in sustainable agriculture to local communities. In the Netherlands, LEEF supports a biogas project. This creates sustainable new economic opportunities in agriculture by expanding the scope of farmers' work from cultivation and farming to energy production. The third project, a solar project in India, promotes the injection of additional renewable energy into electricity grids across India. The project is critical to reducing energy-related emissions and air pollution from fossil fuel power plants.
All projects are certified to the highest standards, including the Gold Standard and the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).