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Sustainability / Environment

IKEA Expands Plant-Based Range to Cut Emissions, Aims to “Remove or Replace Dairy”

IKEA has published its annual sustainability report, revealing that offering more plant-based foods is an important part of the company’s strategy to cut emissions. The Swedish retailer said it had seen an increase in the popularity of plant-based options, with the veggie ball and plant ball now accounting for 17% of frozen meatball sales — up from 14% in 2021. In the chain’s in-store Swedish Food Markets, the meatballs have increased from 24% to 26% of sales. Meanwhile, IKEA Germany has been experimenting with a new scientifically-backed communication approach for promoting plant-based foods. Following the trial, sales of vegan hot dogs have almost doubled compared to 2019 figures. However, this has been partially attributed to a decrease in price. The changes are part of IKEA’s …


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Investments & Acquisitions

Arkeon Biotechnologies Secures Over €‎10M to Convert CO2 Into Food

Vienna’s Arkeon Biotechnologies, a startup converting CO2 into functional, carbon-negative ingredients for food; raised seed funding of €‎6.5 million last March and now announces it has secured another four million euros. Arkeon’s technology uses gas fermentation to transform CO2 into proteins and the process, according to the company, generates all 20 essential amino acids using a microorganism that produces them in just one fermentation process. The resulting proteins require 99% less land and only 0.01% of the amount of water used by conventional agriculture. New investors include ICL, aws Gründerfonds, FoodHack and Tet Ventures, with the fresh funds going towards the expansion of its proprietary technology as well as the planning of a new R&D centre. “We are very pleased to have the support of …


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Studies & Numbers

Consumers Urged to Cut 40% of Emissions by Eating One Plant-Based Meal Per Day

This World Vegan Day, plant-based brand Wicked Kitchen is urging consumers to help the planet by eating a plant-based meal every day. According to the company, this could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint by over 40%, which is more than any other action such as recycling or buying local. It could also save four animals per person per year from slaughter, meaning 1.2 billion would be saved annually in the US alone if everyone made the change. “With every bite, consumers have the power to radically transform the world to become a more compassionate, healthier place,” said Pete Speranza, CEO of Wicked Kitchen. “What we choose to eat every day can truly help ameliorate human and animal suffering, environmental crises, and infectious and chronic diseases. …


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Rising Trend Towards Vegan Friendly Cars

“There is not a completely vegan car on the market,” the Vegan Society says in its Vegan Vehicles: The Future of Cars Report 2022. However, car manufacturers have been offering non-leather interiors for a while, with many pledging to use alternative materials in their new and existing models in coming years.  Animal leather has traditionally been the standard option for premium car seats and interiors, but current luxury trends do not involve the slaughter of animals. Demand for alternative materials is making the automobile industry incorporate more vegan options for its models, adding to the rise in the global synthetic leather market which is on track to reach $67.2 billion by 2030, according to Straits Research. Growing trend towards animal-free interiors In 2020, PETA published its …


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Products & Launches

Scrambled OGGS Launches in Over 500 Sainsbury’s Stores Across the UK

UK egg alternative brand OGGS  is launching its plant-based Scrambled OGGS over 500 Sainsbury’s stores across the UK this September 14th.  According to Oggs, Sainsbury’s has decided to increase distribution from 126 to almost every store following the news that Scrambled OGGS is the UK’s best-performing egg alternative. CEO and Founder of OGGS, Hannah Carter, commented: “The launch of Scrambled OGGS® nationwide marks the next stage in our mission to remove unnecessary egg products from the food chain. If you could switch eggs for a plant-based option that tastes great and produces 60% less CO2e – why wouldn’t you?” No more breakfasts without eggs Sales of plant-based egg alternatives in the UK have grown by 99% in the last year, with vegans and carbon-reducers looking …


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Fashion, Design & Beauty

Vegan Skincare Products Created With Icelandic Brown Algae by ascocell

Vegan skincare and dietary supplement brand ascocellTM creates products derived from wild brown algae, with a mission to improving skin, body, and well-being. The algae, grown near the Westfjords Islands, is said to maintain healthy skin and support the therapeutic treatment of neurodermatitis and psoriasis.


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Studies & Numbers

Study Shows that Plant-Based Diets are Important for Controlling Climate Change

According to a new study published in the journal Nature, plant-based diets, improved agricultural practices and less food waste are needed to reduce the food system’s negative environmental impact. The study’s lead author told Deutsche Welle that there is “little chance of staying within environmental boundaries” if no action is taken.


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Studies & Numbers

Study: Beyond Meat Burger is Significantly More Environmentally Friendly than Beef

Beyond Meat has recently published a Life Cycle Assessment report comparing the environmental impact of the vegan Beyond Burger with its beef counterpart. A team of researchers from the Center for Sustainable Resources at the University of Michigan found that the Beyond Burger has a significantly lower environmental impact than a traditional beef burger.