Yo-Chi is on a mission to create positive energy for the planet.

We want to make sustainable, earth-friendly retail the new norm. By making changes in our own business, we hope to inspire conscious consumers and businesses to do the same.

The first step requires radical honesty, without rose-coloured glasses or flattering filters. It’s about acknowledging the reality of disposable packaging that ends up in landfill. It’s weighing up the business opportunity of selling bottled water against the devastating impact of single-use plastics on the environment.

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OUR COMMITMENT

Maximising Reusables

The best option for the environment will always be reusables over any single-use packaging. Our Yo-Chi reusable range is priced for the planet, not profit.

  • We’re removing all plastic from our disposable bowls, spoons and other packaging.
  • Our Co-Chi bowls are made from upcycled coconut shells and spoons from reclaimed ebony wood, with a 10% discount every time they’re used.
  • Our aluminium water bottles encourage refill over landfill, with unlimited free refills in venues.

A commitment to compostables

Disposable packaging remains a necessity of our business, but by developing packaging that’s fully compostable we can reduce the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfill, and avoid the release of toxic emissions as it breaks down.

  • Our eco-friendly spoons are made from wood or cornstarch.
  • Our packaging for home-delivered Yo-Chis is made from cornstarch and is home-compostable.
  • Our new disposable bowls will be made with plant-based linings, and fully compostable – LAUNCHING NOV 2022.
  • Our new composting program will include regular collection of used cups and fruit off-cuts for commercial composting – PILOT DEC 2022.

No single-use plastics

Single use plastics are one of the biggest contributors to landfill, taking decades to break down and releasing toxic emissions into the environment in the process. From 2023, Yo-Chi will no longer be manufacturing or selling any single-use plastics.

  • We’re removing plastic water bottles from all venues.
  • We’re installing water stations to provide customers with free still or sparkling water in their own refillable bottles.
  • We’ll continue to eliminate single-use plastics in our daily operations such as cling wrap and other disposable packaging items.

Consciousness in the every day

With a mindset of sustainability, we can ensure we’re making decisions that are not only the best for our stores and our customers, but also better for the environment.

  • Our bin liners are made from recycled plastics.
  • Our paper napkins are made from recycled paper.
  • We’re trialling the removal of clingwrap, instead using reusable silicone lids.
  • We’re researching alternatives for biodegradble cleaning suppplies.

OUR FUTURE

Our goal is to be a retail leader in sustainable packaging by the end of 2023.

‘22

2022
Maximising compostable packaging and reusables, and minimising the use of plastic:

  • No plastic single-use water bottles
  • New compostable yogurt cups with plant-based linings
  • New FSC certified wooden spoons
  • New lids made of plant-based materials
  • Continuous supply of reusables at an accessible pricepoint
‘23

2023
Composting program rollout and the elimination of single-use plastics:

  • Composting program for all fruit offcuts, yoghurt wastage, spoons and napkins
  • Commercial collection of in-venue yogurt cups for composting
  • Free water stations installed in every possible venue
We're committed to 'controlling the controllables', and that means every element of the packaging that Yo-Chi customers use in their experience with us. Unfortunately we're not able to control the packaging our suppliers deliver ingredients in.