Photo Credit: World Wildlife Fund
This past week, Pulp Pantry was given the amazing opportunity to partner with SnackNation. Our team delivered an enormous order of 6,750 packs of granola to SnackNation which will now be distributed to homes and offices around the country! As great at this opportunity is for Pulp Pantry as a business, the best part is - we diverted a huge amount of carrot pulp from landfills, eliminating greenhouse gases which are typically produced when food decomposes in landfills, and preventing wasted water and resources used to grow the food!
So, how exactly did our partnership accomplish this? Every one ounce bag of Pulp Pantry “granola” is packed with half an ounce of upcycled carrot pulp. This pulp is a nutritionally dense byproduct of juiceries which would typically go to waste. Instead, Pulp Pantry transforms that carrot pulp into delicious, nutrient and fiber rich grain-free granola.
Let’s take a look at how much food waste this SnackNation order prevented. Pulp Pantry’s team produced 6,750 one ounce bags of granola. Each of those one ounce bags is packed with half an ounce of upcycled carrot pulp. That means that to produce 6,750 ounces of granola, we used about 3,375 ounces of carrot pulp. That's equivalent to 211 pounds of carrots saved from the landfill!
Photo Credit: Food & Agriculture Organization of the United States
CO2 Impact: According to the Foodwate Greenhouse Gas Calculator by Watch My Waste, the food waste from the carrot pulp we used would have produced 181.85 kg of CO2 had it gone to landfills. That sounds pretty great, but what exactly does that mean? The EPA has a fantastic Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculator that helps you gage exactly how huge Pulp Pantries impact is. The amount of CO2 we saved by upcycling this juice pulp is equivalent to 446 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle, 199 pounds of charcoal burned, or 4.7 tree seedlings grown for ten years.
Water Saved: In addition to preventing this food waste from turning to potent greenhouse gases like CO2 and methane, upcycling carrot pulp saves a ton of water. According to Water Footprint Network, about 322 liters of water are used in the production of 1 kg of vegetables.
If we convert 211 pounds of carrot pulp to kg, we get 95.708 kg. Then, 95.708 x 322 = 30,817.976 liters or 8,141 gallons of water saved.
If you’re not impressed by those numbers, consider the fact that the amount of water we saved is equivalent to 473 showers! (This is based on averages from Home Water Works.)
Photo Credit: Pulp Pantry
Let’s recap. Pulp Pantry produced 6,750 ounces of granola for SnackNation. This one order saved 211 lbs of carrot from entering landfills which prevented the production of an amount of CO2 equivalent to driving 446 miles and saved enough water for 473 showers. As happy as this makes us, it isn’t the end of our story. Pulp Pantry is constantly working to partner with more and more juicieries around LA in order to take their juice pulp and upcycle it into delicious Pulp Pantry "granola". Last year, Pulp Pantry saved 3000 lbs of pulp from being thrown away. This prevents 2585 kg of CO2 equivalent from exacerbating climate change and saves 115,800 gallons of water from being wasted. That’s something worth celebrating each time you grab a bag of Pulp Pantry.