Environment

Since its foundation, Yukiguni Maitake has delivered safe, reliable products to consumers through our mushroom business, one of the blessings of nature. As we go further into the future, we will contribute to society by providing earth-friendly products that promote the health of consumers and harmony with nature.

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Our Initiatives

Initiatives to Produce Environmentally-Friendly Products

(1) Free of Pesticides and Chemical Fertilizers
All mushroom products cultivated by Yukiguni Maitake are grown in facilities without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers, which may have negative impact on the environment. In addition, cultivating mushrooms in a facility allows us to produce safer products, as it lowers the risk of pesticide drift from other farms in the area.

(2) Use of Recycled Trays
Recycle trays are used for 98.5%* of our mushroom products. In addition to the recycled raw materials that are generally collected, these recycled trays use recycled raw materials, including the reuse of scraps generated at the tray manufacturing plant.
*Performance in fiscal year 2019 (weight conversion ratio)

Initiatives to Conserve Resources and Energy during the Entire Process, from Production to Sales

(1) Use of Biomass Energy
At Yukiguni Maitake, we use sawdust that has been used in cultivation as fuel for our biomass boilers. By effectively using sawdust as a renewable energy source, we have significantly reduced our use of fossil fuels.

(2) Conservation of Energy through Use of LED Lighting and Groundwater
Our mushroom cultivation uses low-energy LED lighting and groundwater to control the temperature and humidity within the cultivation room.

(3) Modal Shift to Railway Transport
Since 2017, we have been transporting our products via railway using chilled containers. This not only helps to maintain freshness during transport, but also helps reduce CO2 emissions by 80% compared to transport using trucks.

(4) Switch to LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas)
From November 2020, some of the boiler fuel at the Gosen Biocenter began to be converted from heavy fuel oil to LNG, and in January 2021, all units were converted to LNG.
By using LNG, CO2 emissions can be reduced, leading to a reduction in environmental load.

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