- reduces the use of antibiotics
- measures the climate impact of the company and its products, take part in Carbon Disclosure Project reporting and compensates for its carbon dioxide emissions (read about agroforestry projects below)
- strives for eco-friendly packaging (seen over the entire life cycle)
- encourages its suppliers and distributors to take environmental aspects into account in their decisions
Striving for ecology and biology in balance
The microorganisms used by the company are completely natural and normally occurring in human beings. The modes of action of these microorganisms are based on biological principles. To stay healthy, the human body must maintain equilibrium between its various systems. An imbalance quickly results in diminished ability of the immune defence to prevent and fight disease. This ecological-biological approach is at the very core of BioGaia’s operations.
BioGaia contributes to a better environment by
- selecting packages that have the smallest possible environmental impact during their life cycles
- ensuring that the packages are not unnecessarily large and bulky
- choosing modes of transport, for goods and employees, with the smallest possible environmental impact
- urging suppliers to always take environmental aspects into account in their decisions
- weighing in environmental aspects every time a significant decision is made
Life cycle and analysis of the packages
In 2013 BioGaia carried out a second, in-depth analysis of the packages’ climate impact. The measurement, which was performed in collaboration with the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), showed for example that the tablet bottles with volumes of less than 60 tablets have the greatest impact per dose. BioGaia therefore recommends that the distributors choose blister packaging for smaller packages. Parallel to this, BioGaia is working to develop the existing packaging towards recyclable materials.
Supporting agroforestry projects in Malawi and Kenya
BioGaia have calculated their carbon footprint and offset their emissions through agroforestry projects in Malawi and Kenya. ZeroMission supplies the Plan Vivo certified offsets, meaning that important social co-benefits, such as poverty reduction, gender equality and health also are achieved together with the environmental benefits.
Trees of Hope and Mikoko Pamoja
”Trees of Hope” is run in Malawi, where over 1000 smallholder farmers are actively taking part with their own land to raise awareness and education within tree planting and keeping. The efforts of the farmers lead to an increased biodiversity, soil quality and ultimately to a better and more stable yield for the farmers.
In Kenya two small villages south of Mombasa have started the ”Mikoko Pamoja” project, aiming at preserving and expanding the mangrove forests along the coast. The mangrove is a complex ecosystem, fundamental for the livelihood of the small fishing villages, both as a breeding spot for fish and as shelter against the stormy ocean.
BioGaia’s use of palm oil
Due to the special properties of palm oil BioGaia is using this kind of oil in BioGaia ProTectis drops, BioGaia ProTectis tablets and BioGaia ProDentis lozenges. BioGaia is only purchasing the products from suppliers that are members of RSPO, Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil. RSPO is working in cooperation with the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF).
BioGaia uses around 13 tonnes of palm oil per year. This corresponds to cultivation of 2.5 hectares. The total production of palm oil in the world is 48 million tonnes per year. EU imports 12% of the total production. Sweden is importing about 64,000 tonnes per year, which is 1% of the EU import. BioGaia is using 0.0002% (0.2‰) of the Swedish import.
BioGaia supports the production of sustainable palm oil/palm kernel oil through the GreenPalm programme.