The Eco-score. Eco-friendly choices made easier.

Consumers are increasingly conscious about the ecological footprint of their food consumption. This is where the Eco-score comes in. It allows customers to make environmental choices much more easily. Find out on the explanatory page what exactly the Eco-score is or how we calculate it. More information on the history and what we've accomplished so far is available below.

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Updated on 15/11/2023

Why an Eco-Score?

Food has a major impact on the environment. In just one symbol, the Eco-score summarises which products are advisable and which you should limit to keep your ecological impact as low as possible. This score allows customers to make conscious choices more easily, and to significantly reduce the pressure on the environment. Along with our other environmental sustainability initiatives, the Eco-score contributes to a cleaner environment.

Met de Eco-score wordt milieubewust kiezen makkelijker.

Eco-score pioneer since 2021

The Eco-score methodology is science-based and was developed in 2021 in France by a collective of independent players. Not much later that year, Colruyt Group was the first in Belgium to launch the Eco-score. We've been mapping the environmental impact of our entire product portfolio ever since and our aim is to get both producers and customers on board. Find out below how we're doing that.

Danone joins the Eco-score movement

Danone is the first brand manufacturer to enter into an Eco-score partnership with Colruyt Group to inform customers about the environmental impact of their food choices. The Eco-scores of 260 Danone and Alpro products are now available on the Danone and Colruyt Group websites as well as in the Xtra app and will be shown on the electronic price labels and posters at Colruyt stores.

Saving points with the Eco-score

Customers are able to save points by choosing products with Eco-score A or B. They have redeemed those points en masse to support charities. Belgian charities with a positive, tangible impact on the environment. This has proved more than successful! Check out the interactive map to discover which projects have reached their goal and where they're making a difference.

Eco-score wins award

In 2021, the Eco-score was awarded the Mercurius prize for innovation in retail. According to the jury, the Eco-score is a clear benchmark for the ecological footprint of a product, a game changer in the social debate and transcends the own company's interests.

Stefan Goethaert, who led the project in 2021, accepted the award. "We hope to inspire customers, partners and the entire sector."

Finding the Eco-score is also easier now thanks to Colruyt Group!

The Eco-score of many food products of our private labels Boni, Boni Bio, Spar, Graindor and Colruyt Lowest Prices is available on the price label at Colruyt, Okay and Bio-Planet. In our other stores you can use the Xtra app. Scan the bar code of your product using the 'Productinfo' option.

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What does Colruyt Group use the Eco-score for?

The Eco-score helps customers adopt more sustainable consumption patterns. And the calculation helps us, as a company. Mapping the environmental impact of our private label products enables us to identify and address areas for improvement. Here are some examples.

How you can reduce your ecological footprint?

Your day-to-day food choices can make a big difference to the environment. From choosing seasonal fruit and vegetables to creative cooking with food leftovers. The following practical tips will help you reduce your ecological footprint in no time.

How do we calculate the Eco-score?

First we analyse the environmental impact of a product throughout its life cycle. This results in a score out of 100, to which we assign plus and/or minus points using the bonus-malus system, based on extra indicators such as origin and packaging. Finally, we translate this final score into an Eco-score from A to E.

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