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Impact Highlights
Creating a

FAIR ECONOMY

13%

of the product price is directly going to the farmers to cover the farm cost and a fair compensation for farmers.

Creating a

FAIR SOCIETY

100%

of full-time employees who worked to produce this product receive health insurance and safe working conditions.

Life Long Learning &

WELLBEING

10%

of the working time is dedicated to art and self-development activities; to promote wellbeing and happines at work.

Protecting the

ENVIRONMENT

3.3kg CO2e

were sequestered/absorbed by the soil, per package, reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change.

Farming

 The cotton was produced on the SEKEM Wahat, Behera, Fayoum, and more. These Demeter certified farms that grow under the principle of organic and biodynamic methods which provide the highest quality products and enhance biodiversity.

EoL supports small-scale farmers on their path to green energy by providing them with funds and the necessary tools to facilitate their transit.

EoL provides guidance and support for small-scale farmers through engineers offering their consultancies every step of the way.

Animal welfare is ensured by the biodynamic principles that views the farm system as an organism where every part: animals, soil, plant and people need one another to flourish.

Meet The Farmers

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Samy

Farmer in Bene Suef, Egypt

Samy Mohamed Khames is a biodynamic farmer from Bene Suef, South of Cairo. Samy is an old partner and supplier of high-quality agricultural products for SEKEM company. For more than 18 years he has been cultivating multiple products for SEKEM every season.

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Mostafa

Farmer in Wahat Oasis, Egypt

Mostafa Saber is originally from Minia in upper Egypt. He joined SEKEM Wahat farming team in 2019. Mostafa came to SEKEM Wahat because he wanted to learn more about organic and biodynamic farming.

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Abdallah Ali Moursy

Farmer in Minia, Egypt

Abdallah is 71 years old and still very much involved in the agricultural process of his family farm. Since 23 years he uses biodynamic methods. He likes reaching out to other farmers to raise awareness for healthy food and production.

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Abdel Ghaffer

Farmer in Assiut, Egypt

Abdel Ghaffer is a farmer in the Assiut Governorate, south of Minia, Egypt. He has been working with SEKEM for many years and therefore he is deeply connected to the vision and principles of biodynamic agriculture.

Processing

After the harvest, the cotton seeds arrive at iSiS organic food company where they get sample tested to make sure that is the quality is according to the standards of both Demeter and organic. The seeds are cleaned from any impurities and are ready to be cold-pressed and filtered to produce the oil.

Using cold pressing techniques allows for less energy usage as it doesn’t require heat or the use of chemical solvents.

Barely any waste is left after the oil extraction process. The seed residue is used to make animal feed and compost production, which are used on the Sekem Adlya farm, close to the iSiS factory.

The factory workers receive medical care that is readily available to them from the medical center located next to the factory

Packaging

Now after the cotton seed oil is filtered, it arrives at the packaging department to be poured into glass bottles, after which it gets sealed with a metal top, a plastic cover, and a Sekem label sticker and it is ready to go.

The factory ensures the optimal usage of the oil during the packaging process with minimal waste produced, where the wasted oil is collected and used.

As part of Sekem holding , the world bank and UN women has granted isis the “One Business Community, Equal Opportunity Seal” for their efforts in supporting women and ensuring equality

isis employees are part of the core program Sekem offers, which includes art, music and environmental awareness sessions.

Packaging Material

Olive oil could be responsibly grown and processed, but its packaging material has a huge impact on the product’s lifetime, and cannot be neglected. iSiS is offsetting its emissions according to scope 1, which does not consider the emissions caused by packaging material production or transportation.

The oil bottles are made from glass, which is energy-intensive, where the process of shaping the glass uses a lot of combustion energy resulting in Co2 emissions, which isis do not account for.

the sticker label on the bottles is made of materials that are FSC certified, and the ink is…….

the metal tops and plastic covers are made from nonrecyclable materials, causing … and are imported

Distribution

The bottles of cotton seed oil are now ready to be distributed directly to your home, local shops, or overseas.

iSiS always opts for sea freight and only makes the decision to use air freight on the rare occasion that a client orders a small amount that can not be transported by sea.

Drivers have a limit on the number of hours they can drive per day, to ensure their safety

Drivers receive health consultancies from SEKEM medical center located near the factory to make sure that they monitor their health.

Meet The Employees

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Marwa

Quality Manager in iSiS

Marwa has been working in the tea department of iSiS factory for more than 8 years. Together with her husband and two children, she lives on the SEKEM farm.

Nour

Factory Engineer at iSiS

Nour Hassan lives with her family in Kafr Ayoub located near Belbies. She is responsible for packaging the oils and different products.

Noura

 Factory Engineer at iSiS

Noura lives in Galvina, and though she’s only been working for a few months, she’s already impressed with the values and programs SEKEM offers, as she didn’t find such things in her pervious jobs.

Hossam

Factory Engineer in iSiS 

Hossam lives in Galvina with his family, and has been working with SEKEM for 15 years. He’s in charge of oil extraction in the oil production department.

What is the True Price?

Are there hidden costs that the price doesn't reflect?

True Price Comparision

Sustainably & ethically produced products add value to society. However, when comparing prices, we don’t take into account the long-term impact of the product. For example, since this Anise is sequestering Co2e it is actually saving up to 0.35USD per kilo! This means that it is cheaper than products that emit Co2e, but so often the price tag doesn’t reflect that.

We encourage you to compare products based on their true price; the price that reflects the hidden costs that we and future generations eventually pay for.

This Anise saves up to 0.35 USD/Kilo, by sequestering carbon from the atmosphere

 

Indirect Costs include:

WATER

REPROCESSING COST

Society is paying taxes to clean water sources from agriculture’s chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, as well as the irresponsible disposal of wastewater from factories, in order to make it usable/drinkable water.

HEALTH COSTS

The use of pesticides in agriculture eventually affects the human body and therefore increases medical treatment costs.

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL

DAMAGE

Society has to bear the long-term cost caused by disruptive agriculture e.g. soil erosion, desertification, and loss of biodiversity.

 

 

Locations

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Saft

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Skem El-Wahat

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Abdalah

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Abd El-Ghaffar

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