Necton has considered the adoption of management practices aimed at improving the environmental performance of the company and its products as a very important strategic factor. In line with this philosophy, in 2008 the project “ECOSALT – Ecological Labeling of Traditional Sea Salt and Fleur de Sal” was approved under the incentive scheme for the qualification and internationalization of SMEs in the National Strategic Framework (Contract No. 2008/2038).
Through environmental accounting, Necton aimed to identify, intervene, improve or minimize the positive/negative environmental impacts resulting from its production activity. The results of the ECOSALT project are summarized here. For more information, visit the official website – ECOSALT.
The ECOSALT project developed ecolabels for the food products “traditional sea salt” (SMT) and “flor de sal” (FS), using two different methods to determine the environmental impact, life cycle assessment (LCA) and ecological footprint (EF). Several conclusions were drawn as a result of using the two methods:
Communicating the environmental impacts of an “eco-friendly” product is an essential factor in the decision to purchase. If the consumer is informed that the price includes a contribution to the preservation of ecologically sustainable practices, many will be available for purchase.
Environmental communication was a key point throughout the ECOSALT project, as it allowed, and will allow, to increase the company’s notoriety and the credibility of the products, constituting an internal driving force for improving the energy efficiency of the activity.