Eat Real Sea Salt Lentil Chips

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2

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Izabela Lachut
2/21/2022
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A favourite snack of mine that can often be found in my cupboard, I thought I would review the Eat Real Lentil Chips which is a staple in health food stores. I was pleasantly surprised by the transparency seen with active pledges to improve their impact on the planet. Truthfully, I was expecting to be conducting extensive research to find information but the website is very clear about the products they use and the environmental implications of both ingredients they chose to use and chose to avoid. According to Eat Real, they prioritise taste, nutrition and real ingredients , creating a healthier alternative to snacks you find in supermarkets. Saying this, they are widely available in UK supermarkets at a reasonable price point, making them a healthy yet accessible choice in my opinion. What most impressed me was their commitment to their business strategy and putting sustainability at the forefront. Despite this, there is always room for improvement in the future with lacking information about who is involved in the manufacturing process.

What it's made of:

2.2

All of Eat Real’s products are vegan,  with the company stating that plant based ingredients have a considerably lower carbon footprint compared to animal based ingredients on their website. It is great to see a company educating consumers about the impact of purchasing with them as this is rarely seen and consequently consumers know they can trust the company. This particular product contains just a few ingredients - Lentil Flour (40%), Potato Starch, Corn Starch, Rapeseed Oil, Sea Salt. Eat Real’s lentil chips contain 30% less fat than regular chips, making them a great healthier alternative to crisps without compromising on taste. The website offers in depth information about all their ingredients. For example, they explain how the lentils they use are nitrogen fixing  meaning they put nitrogen back into the soil during the growth process, reducing the need for nitrogen fertilisers. Additionally, they are clear about how they do not use palm oil due to the deforestation effects it has on rainforests all over the world. What would be great to see on the Eat Real website is where they source their ingredients from and if they do so locally. The company does state that by 2025 they want their key ingredients to be responsibly sourced (making me question their current sourcing) which I hope includes within the UK where possible and being open about this on their site.  Eat Real also put great emphasis on packaging and ensuring that it has the lowest carbon footprint that it can, despite not disclosing the material they currently use. To do this they are aiming on reducing the amount of packaging they use and adding recycled or renewable content where possible. In the future, they will be investigating options for recyclability as well as new methods of packaging their products altogether.

How it's made:

1.8

I could not source much information on the production process, beyond what is stated above about avoiding certain ingredients and striving to be sourcing responsibly in the future. I could gather that Eat Real snacks are manufactured in the UK but the exact whereabouts is unknown. On the company website, I can see their commitment to lower carbon emissions , with the aim being to be net zero by 2030 through offsetting whatever they can’t reduce, an ambitious goal yet one I hope they achieve. They call this the “carbon challenge” which they hope to achieve in several ways. First through training employees to be carbon literate and educated through the “Carbon Literacy Project”, a campaign dedicated to informing the public about the role of carbon emissions and how to reduce them in our day to day lives. Eat Real will also set incremental targets of carbon emissions to ensure this figure is declining. Lastly,they’ll be “footprinting” , meaning that the company will include emissions from across the distribution chain. This is great transparency and it is stated that they’ll publicly be sharing these figures. Furthermore, I was happy to see their commitments to reducing food waste through partnering with The Felix Project, a charity dedicated to reducing food waste and food poverty. Since December 2020 they claim to have donated more than 300,000 meals worth of stock.

Who makes it:

1.2

The only information I could find is that production is based in the UK where the product is stocked nationwide. However, given that the company is relatively small, it would be beneficial to know more about production as well as the employees themselves. Great emphasis is put on their commitments to the welfare of the planet , yet it is vital to extend this to their employees in the same manner - the carbon literacy project is a great start. This could be one area that is holding them back from their pending B Corp certification . A bit of background information on this certification - it is a lengthy and difficult process which requires a significant amount of effort on the firm’s part. A firm must demonstrate a legal commitment to positive change in line with the B Impact requirements and most importantly, exhibit transparency to stakeholders about their performance.

 

Although Eat Real is not perfect, I can see that they are making steps to improve. It is evident that they have commitments for the future that they are striving to meet and working towards becoming a B Corp in the near future which I hope they achieve . However, I feel there is room for improvement in terms of transparency with the sourcing of their ingredients as well as the inclusion of not only their commitment to the environment,  but also their production process and the people involved in it. Many initiatives are still in the early stages so i’ll be eagerly awaiting their progress as a company! 

Sources:

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https://www.eatreal.co.uk/about-us/