With food waste comprising an estimated 8% of total greenhouse gas emissions, Lomi aims to reduce emissions from home kitchens by optimizing the food waste composting process. This ultimately reduces the gases released into the atmosphere and also traps carbon in the dirt produced by Lomi’s composting process. When properly used, Lomi is estimated to reduce carbon emissions compared to direct-to-landfill food scrap disposal.
How much CO2 is associated with Lomi’s manufacture and distribution?
Lomi’s ultimate goal is to help consumers reduce their home greenhouse gas emissions and produce a “net negative” gas emission effect. To reach this target, we work with GreenStep Solutions to determine our total carbon footprint. GreenStep Solutions evaluates the total annual environmental impact of all Pela products, including Lomi.
The manufacturing and distribution of 1 Lomi unit produces an estimated 70 kg of carbon emissions. To minimize our carbon emission levels, Pela implements a Reduction Action Plan to cut operation and supply chain emissions wherever possible. Where reduction isn’t possible, we purchase verified carbon credits to offset our carbon footprint. In this way, Lomi arrives at customers’ doorsteps completely Climate Neutral Certified.
How much CO2 does Lomi prevent?
Lomi has 3 key goals:
1. To prevent food waste from rotting in landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
2. To create compost and healthy soil to sequester carbon from the atmosphere.
3. To provide an easier way to redirect compostable, disposable products to compost instead of landfill.
Compared to sending food waste directly to a landfill, composting 1 kg of food waste per day with Lomi can prevent up to 230 kg of carbon emissions annually.
In a “Best Case Reduction Scenario,” Lomi is operated using renewable energy, and all dirt produced is redistributed to backyard soil instead of being sent to a landfill. Assuming that Lomi composts 365 kg of food waste per year, this can reduce approximately 127% of carbon emissions that would be produced by the same food scraps in a landfill.
In a “Moderate Case” scenario where Lomi uses non-renewable energy (but the dirt produced is still used for backyard soil), Lomi can prevent an estimated 200 kg carbon emissions—a 76-83% annual reduction.
Lomi can help consumers reduce their kitchen’s greenhouse gas emissions from food waste while also producing a “net negative” emission effect if paired with renewable energy sources. Pela’s targeted Reduction Action Plan and efforts to reduce and offset manufacture-related emissions ensure that Lomi arrives at customers’ homes Climate Neutral Certified and ready to reduce home greenhouse gas emissions.
When Lomi’s dirt compost product is used for soil compost, Lomi can reduce over 70% of CO2 emissions produced by the same food scraps in a landfill. Pela is working to discover new ways to maximize greenhouse gas reductions and minimize the overall carbon footprint.