Six Impact Areas
The Up Scorecard looks at six separate impact areas when assessing the human and environmental impacts of foodware and food packaging products. Learn more about each of these six areas below.
The presence of toxic chemicals in food packaging associated with harm to humans and the environment is well documented. Hundreds of different harmful substances can be present in the various types of materials used in food packaging and can leach out in different amounts and at different rates depending on many factors. The scorecard helps to guide users in avoiding the most concerning substances in food packaging and moving towards healthier materials.
Indicator: Scale from 1 – 100 based on chemicals of concern and material inertness
Indicator: g CO2 equivalents (CO2e)
Nearly one in five major cities around the world face a high to very high risk of drought. While many of us are increasingly focused on water conservation, it’s not obvious to all that washing reusable containers usually saves water compared to using single use container options. The scorecard will show you which container system uses the least amount of water, even compared with washing reusables.
Indicator: Liters of consumed water
Indicator: g of plastic leakage to the environment
Waste is no longer a luxury we can afford on an ever-crowded, natural resource-constrained planet. We must retool our food system to reduce reliance on disposable and hard-to-recycle products and encourage packaging solutions with circularity in mind: Packaging that can be reused or truly recycled or composted to provide sustainable feedstock for future products or degrade safely into the natural environment. The scorecard provides a recoverability ranking to demonstrate the circularity potential of each foodware product.
Indicator: scale from 1 to 5
About the SUM Decelerator
The SUM Decelerator is produced by The Lexicon, with support from the Food Team at Google. The Lexicon’s activator program brings together food companies, NGOs, scientists, entrepreneurs, and food producers from across the globe to tackle some of the most complex challenges facing our food systems, from regenerative agriculture to food is medicine. Instead of an activator for startups or new products, participants design, rapidly prototype, and release tools for change every six months.