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What are product miles?

Product miles are the total distance produce is transported from its place of growth or production to the place of consumption. The concept of product miles is widely used in food production where there is a push by consumers for locally produced products.

Why are product miles important?

Many people wonder why we ship apples 10,000 miles from the US when we have superb tasting varieties grown on our own doorstep. A Friends of the Earth study highlighted that even at the height of the of the UK apple growing season the majority of supermarkets were selling apples imported from overseas.

We think a similar case to food miles, could be made for manufactured products, in that why manufacture goods thousands of miles away if we can produce better quality products at comparable prices in the UK, and have a positive impact on CO2 emissions and global warming. We’re losing manufacturing job by the score but, with a little creativity and ingenuity, can still be competitive locally in the UK. We are not anti-foreign production. We just think it makes sense to produce locally where it’s possible and practical.

Some examples of product miles from a typical shopping basket

According to a survey by Robyn Lewis, Felicity Lawrence and Andy Jones of the Guardian, below are the product miles from part of a typical shopping basket of fresh food:

Apples from America - 10,000 miles

Potatoes from Israel - 2,187 miles

Tomatoes from Saudi Arabia - 3,086 miles

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/food/focus/story/0,13296,951962,00.html

What are the product miles for our bowl and cutlery?

Early on in the planning of our supply chain we decided to manufacture in the UK. This obviously gave us tighter control on product quality, but we also wanted to keep our product miles as low as possible.

We used the same methodology for calculating product miles as we did for our carbon footprint. Here are the product miles for our bowl and cutlery.

One Salmon Luke bowl 1,972 miles

One spoon and fork set 2,164 miles

Here’s how our product miles stack up:

However, there is a difficult issue to overcome when talking about the product miles for Salmon Luke products. The raw ingredient for plastic is obviously oil, but it’s nigh on impossible to find out where ‘our’ oil was extracted. So, for the purposes of our study, we calculated the product miles from the petrochemical company which produced the finished polymer. Again, as more information becomes available and as we strive to make improvements we will update these figures.