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14 news and releases

May 2024

A third life for plastic: new cleaning products made from K-stores’ waste cut-flower buckets

K Group is one of the biggest sellers of flowers in Finland, and as many as 600,000 buckets that are used for cut-flowers accumulate in stores every year. In a collaboration recently launched between K Group, Lassila & Tikanoja and Sinituote, the discarded buckets will now be processed into a raw material that is used to make new cleaning products. The new range of SINI cleaning products is now available at K-Citymarket and K-Rauta stores.

Responsibility, Media

06.05.2024 08:05

March 2024

Pensioners most active in bringing their own bag to the grocery store

According to K Group’s survey, most customers bring their own bag to the grocery store, but plastic bags are bought during unplanned visits. Finland seeks to reduce the consumption of plastic bags through the plastic bag agreement to which K Group is also committed. Families with children buy the most shopping bags, whereas pensioners are the most active users of their own bags. The respondents considered eco-friendliness the most significant reason for using their own bags.

Responsibility, Customer, Company, Media

21.03.2024 07:35

January 2024

Kesko ranks sector best on the ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ listing

Kesko has been ranked as the best company in its sector on the 2024 ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ listing. Overall, Kesko ranked 29th on the list, making a significant leap upward. Kesko is the only company in the world to have made the list every year since its inception in 2005.

Responsibility, Investor, Media

17.01.2024 09:30

November 2023

Kesko commits to even more ambitious climate targets

Kesko commits to setting new long-term emission reduction targets, according to which it aims to reduce emissions in its whole value chain to net zero by the year 2050. Achieving net-zero targets will require zero emissions in all parts of the value chain, which in turn requires even tighter collaboration with suppliers to reduce emissions during manufacturing, and further efforts to increase sustainable consumption among customers.

Responsibility, Investor, Media

09.11.2023 13:30

Hyvis soup is the winner of the Food and Beverage category in the Most Sustainable Product in Finland competition

Hyvis sweet pepper and lentil soup was selected the winner of the Food and Beverage category in the Most Sustainable Product in Finland competition. The vegan convenience food made using sweet peppers that would otherwise go to waste was developed in cooperation between K Group and Juustoportti’s Kasvisgalleria. Developing food waste products is part of K Group’s activities to halve the amount of food waste.

Responsibility, Customer, Company, Media

03.11.2023 07:15

October 2023

“Most significant improvement in recycling of waste since start of cardboard waste collection”

The separate collection of plastic packaging from businesses under the new Waste Act is the biggest single change in the way K-stores sort waste since the collection of cardboard waste was started in the 1990s. During January–August, the amount of plastic waste collected by K Group had already increased by 200 tonnes on the same period last year.

Responsibility, Media

27.10.2023 08:40

From clothing to raw material – K Group’s discarded workwear is given a new life as fibre

Discarded workwear is now recycled at K Group and converted into a new raw material for textiles. In a circular economy cooperation project with Touchpoint and Rester, discarded workwear will be recycled into fibre. Potential uses for the fibre are currently being sought in K Group’s own operations. In the future, an outfit worn by a salesperson at a K-store may end up as raw material for an interior decoration product or a new piece of clothing. The stores included in the cooperation have more than 20,000 employees, so a considerable amount of workwear is consumed.

Responsibility, Customer, Company, Media

18.10.2023 00:00

September 2023

Five methods that grocery stores use to prevent food waste – the popularity of red-flagged products is still growing

Grocery stores combat food waste and invest in its prevention in many ways. Customers of K-food stores can now contribute to reducing food waste by purchasing products made with food that would otherwise have been wasted, such as fruit and vegetable boxes and bread bags. At the same time, the popularity of red-flagged products continues to grow, and a variety of products made with potential waste food can now be found on store shelves. Biogas from inedible waste food is used in processes such as the production of Pirkka Amppari ice cream.

Responsibility, Customer, Company, Media

08.09.2023 08:30

August 2023

Over 264,000 euros raised to help Ukrainian families

Sales of Ukraine ribbons raised over 264,000 euros to help Ukrainian families that have come to Finland. The funds raised are being used to organise communal activities and events to bring Ukrainian and Finnish families together. The funds are also being used to provide food gift cards to Ukrainian families in need.

Responsibility, Customer, Company, Media

15.08.2023 07:00

July 2023

Caps increasingly remain attached to beverage containers – changes due to regulations are visible in packaging and sorting

Customers buying beverage products may be surprised to find that the cap no longer comes completely off the carton or bottle. The reason for this are the new requirements that are now visible in the everyday life of consumers in Finland. At the same time, amendments to the Waste Act make the more varied sorting of waste possible for an increasing number of people. The first changes to beverage containers have already been initiated at K Group. At the same time, written sorting instructions found on the packaging make sorting easier at homes.

Responsibility, Customer, Company, Media

04.07.2023 07:15

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