Dole grows all type of fruit including bananas, but not all of them end up as food. The company announced that over the next five years it plans to eliminate the waste.
To reach its goal, Dole plans to eliminate fossil-based plastic packaging by 2025, reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 and move to zero fruit loss by 2025.
In addition, Dole is looking for additional innovative ways to end waste such as turning pineapple skins and banana leaves into packaging, changing the perception of “ugly fruit” with consumers and “upcycle” fruit that can’t be sold whole into snacks and other products like cosmetics.
Dole president Pier Luigi Sigismondi said, “The ultimate goal is to see these changes becoming an industry standard.”