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Protecting the climate and saving resources

Climate protection is the most pressing common task of our time. Our milk formulas are already climate neutral and we continue to work on avoiding and reducing CO2 emissions to become climate positive, thus taking an important step towards securing a future worth living for our grandchildren. We use resources carefully – the biodynamic method of farming is particularly effective for ensuring their sparing use – and optimise our water and energy consumption.

Climate positive – how we protect the climate

As a manufacturer of baby food, we are deeply aware of our responsibility towards our little ones and their future. Climate protection is one of our most urgent challenges. Through our products and the way in which we work, we want to contribute to this.

 

We make the world greener together

We pursue our sustainable path in the knowledge that we need to do even more to achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C. We dedicate constant efforts to minimising our Co2e footprint and making more products climate positive.

What does climate positive mean?

In the relevant areas, we offset significantly more greenhouse gases than we generate in the entire raw ingredient, production and supply chains all the way to the store shelf, thus making a positive contribution to the climate.

‘Becoming climate positive is the next logical step on our journey towards creating a positive future for all of our grandchildren.’
Udo Fischer, Managing Director and joint owner of Holle baby food AG

Our sustainable path

Our milk formulas were already rewarded CO2e neutral certification in 2013, with our grain porridges following in 2014 and our goat’s milk formulas in 2016. These products were joined by our junior mueslis and most recently, the Holle pouches in early 2021. But we are not stopping there – our cow’s milk and goat’s milk formulas are now also climate positive.

2013

Follow-on Milk

2014

Porridges

2016

Goat Milk and Mueslis

2021

Pouches

2021

Cow' and goat's milk Follow-on Milk

Climate protection through biodynamic farming

One of the main pillars of our sustainability strategy is biodynamic farming. Holle is a Demeter pioneer in the manufacture of baby food. The majority of our products feature the Demeter label. Demeter agriculture stands for biodynamic farming in a closed loop in which each step makes a meaningful contribution to the next.

For the soil, this guarantees that it stays healthy – through biodynamic farming, more biomass penetrates it, encouraging the formation of humus and the improved retention of water and nutrients. In turn, healthy soil is capable of binding greenhouse gases in the long term, which is why biodynamic agriculture is so important for the climate.

Our diverse projects

Despite our efforts to reduce and avoid greenhouse gases, they are inevitably produced in agriculture and the subsequent manufacture of our products. We offset these in emission reduction projects both in Germany and abroad. These figures are calculated by the climate experts at Soil & More Impacts.

Soil improvement

At the Gut Döllnitz farm in Halle and the Frankenhof farm in Heilsbronn (both in Germany), we are reducing greenhouse gases and supporting the
formation of valuable humus.

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Kariba forest protection project

Each year, the Kariba project protects around 785,000 hectares of forest along with the endangered species that live there and much more. The project also offsets more than 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 by preventing deforestation and land degradation in the region.

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Sustainable logistics

We work together with our logistics partner to assume responsibility.

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Our packaging

We are dedicated to constant improvement and are always on the lookout for even better solutions concerning waste prevention and resource conservation. We work closely with our suppliers in this area.

 

High recyclability and FSC certification

We make most of our Holle packaging from solid cardboard with a high proportion of 85 to 95% recycled paper which, in turn, is completely recyclable. The majority of our folding boxes are FSC certified.

What does ‘FSC certified’ mean?

FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council®, an international certification system for more sustainable forestry. Raw materials for wood and paper products that carry this seal come from forests that are managed responsibly and sustainably.

Aluminium-free pouches

Our pouches are free from aluminium foil. The fruit purées are contained in three-layer packaging made of paper, PET and PE. These layers have a crucial function, serving as a barrier that protects our high-quality organic product from contamination and pollution.

Product safety and quality are our foremost priority, which is why we are not yet able to replace this type of packaging. The environmental compatibility of single-use packaging is the subject of regular debate in scientific circles. According to a study carried out by the independent Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU), pouches have a similar life cycle assessment to glass. This also includes transport considerations – with the lightweight film pouches, more content is transported than packaging.

 

 

Our yoghurt pouches are one example of a more environmentally packaging solution through the conversion to a recyclable polypropylene material. It is easy to sort in terms of waste separation and can therefore be fully returned to the recycling loop.