Superlist Environment 2021

Which supermarkets make sustainable the easiest choice?

For the next six months, Superlist will focus on the theme of environment. For Superlist Environment we again investigate the eight largest Dutch supermarkets. This time we look (among other things) to the extent to which supermarkets set goals for reducing the sale of animal proteins, making vegetable products the easiest choice, choosing products from nature-friendly agriculture, encouraging the sale of seasonal vegetables and fruits and be transparent into the packaging used.

Research method

At the moment, the research method is in development. The topics the research is likely to focus on are:

  • Protein transition: The average Dutch diet contains a relatively large amount of animal protein. This takes a large amount on the environmental space. The national Climate Agreement states that by 2030, a maximum of 40% of the proteins we eat in the Netherlands can come from animal sources. Supermarkets have explicitly been given their own role in this Climate Agreement.
  • Circular agriculture: current farming methods are a threat to valuable nature, the climate and the environment worldwide. The use of fertilizer, pesticide and deforestation – especially for the production of palm oil and soya in animal feed – is a huge challenge for our natural habitat.
  • Sustainable packaging: food packaging contributes greatly to pollution and climate change. Over the past 50 years, the use of plastics has increased twentyfold worldwide. This has major implications for our environment and the climate.
  • Sustainable fishing: irresponsible fishing leads to bycatch, pollution and population exhaustion.


For Superlist Environment & Nature we work together with Natuur & Milieu. More information on their website.

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