You are probably familiar with Yuka, the application that scans food and cosmetics for detailed information on the health effects of these products. The French company was particularly popular, claiming 15 million downloads and 5.5 million monthly users in January 2020. So popular that the President of the Republic seems to be using this application himself.
In December 2020, during a debate with the 150 members of the Civic Convention, Emmanuel Macron not only proposed the idea of a referendum to find out the opinion of the French about the inclusion of environmental protection in the constitution, but also proposed the establishment of a law before system à la yuka to know the carbon impact of the products we consume. The President of the Republic didn’t hesitate to quote Yuka in one of his tweets.
A “carbon score” for evaluating the environmental impact of products? I am in favor. Together we can create the @YukaApp out of carbon!
– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) December 14, 2020
The solution suggested by Yuka
Just four months after this tweet was published, Yuka is responding to Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion today by providing a new feature based on this concept of the “carbon score”. To accurately calculate the carbon impact of the products we consume, Yuka uses data collected from Agribalyse, Open Food Facts, Alkemics and Ethic Ocean. When calculating this “eco-score”, the startup takes into account many criteria such as the amount of carbon emitted, the quality of the packaging, respect for the oceans, the effects on deforestation and thus receives a possible eco-label.
To date, Yuka claims to offer this rating for more than one million products in circulation. You can now take advantage of this new functionality by scanning your products as you normally would. Now you can click on the Environment tab next to Health. This tab tells you about the impact of production, respect for biodiversity and the origin of the product. Above all, however, an “eco-score” in the form of letters from “A” to “E” is mentioned.
This “eco-score” reminds us that an organic product is not necessarily ecologically responsible. Certain grains and other proteins found in many products often come from South America or Asia.
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