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Impact Highlights
Creating a

FAIR ECONOMY

$ 12,326

are invested in supporting the small farmers of EoL in carbon sequestration and avoidance practices.

Creating a

FAIR SOCIETY

100%

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

Life Long Learning &

WELLBEING

10%

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

Protecting the

ENVIRONMENT

100%

of the people who worked to produce this product throughout the supply chain receive ecological awareness trainings.

Farming

This sesame originated in Egypt, in multiple locations along the Nile delta like Fayoum, Minia, Aswan, and more. It grows on Demeter and organic certified farms, following the holistic principles of Economy of Love and the highest form of organic agriculture known as biodynamic, providing the highest quality products and enriches biodiversity.

The farms are treated as a whole organism in which each element of the farm contribute to its well-being. Plant waste and animal manure are treated into compost that boosts the regenerative ability of the soil and humus formation.

The sesame is cultivated in alignment with the cosmic calendar, which puts it in total harmony with the soil and the cosmic forces.

Economy of Love helps the farmers generate more income with the monetization of carbon sequestration and avoidance, through the EoL Carbon Credits.

Meet The Farmers

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Mahmoud

Farmer in Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

Mahmoud Rabea has two Demeter-certified farms: Mahmoud Rabie and El-Manashee Farms. He’s been growing biodynamic sesame along with other crops since 2003. Mahmoud believes that an Economy of Love is what builds trust between him and the customer with transparency.

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Saber

Farmer in Aswan, Egypt

Saber Mahrous has his biodynamic farmland called Basateen Aswan, in Wadi El-Nokra, close to the city of Aswan in Upper Egypt. 

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Abdeldaem

Farmer in Aswan, Egypt

Abd-El Dayem is the owner of El-Mostafa Farm, his family’s farmland. He is considered as a pioneer in his village and is active in convincing and supporting his neighbours and friends to adopt sustainable agriculture on their lands.

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Tarek

Farmer in Giza, Egypt

Tarek Waheed is one of the pioneers in converting to biodynamic agriculture. He started back in 1997 by certifying his farmland, called El-Gezerah, Demeter and is staying ahead of the game by certifying his farm EoL. 

Processing

After the harvest, the sesame arrives at the Lotus factory on pre-prepared trucks. The sesame goes through the physical inspection and sample testing to ensure the organic quality. It is then sieved, cleaned and color sourced. After that it is roasted to the required degree and it’s ready to be packed in 25kg paper bags and sent to iSiS factory for further processing.

Lotus strives to create fair long-term relationships with the supplying farmers, thus round-table meetings are conducted annually where many farmers gather with the companies to discuss prices, challenges, and draft solutions.

Lotus has improved the efficiency of the machinery equipment at their factories, as they reduced their energy consumption by 8.6%.

Leftovers from the sesame in Lotus that will appear after the sieving process are used as compost, applying the circular economy model by repurposing 90% of its waste into compost.

Packing

The sesame arrives at iSiS organic food company where they get a sample tested to ensure that the quality is according to the standards of both Demeter and organic. It is then cold-pressed, filtered and the roasted sesame oil is poured into tinted glass bottles and it is ready to go.

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

Since its foundation, the iSiS factory has implemented the Core Program which enables all factory employees to engage in courses of art, acting, music, geography, and many more to promote happiness at work.

In addition to the Core Program, iSiS started implementing the EoL EDU program, across the company to give employees the feeling they are part of a community striving towards creating safer work environments, a sustainability mindset and space for nurturing their wellbeing.

Packaging Material

The sesame oil is packaged in glass bottles, sealed with a metal top, a plastic cover and a Sekem label sticker. The sesame could be responsibly grown and processed, but its packaging material and the companies from which they are sourced do also have a huge impact on the products’ lifetime, and cannot be neglected.

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 that iSiS do not account for.

The sticker label on the bottles is made of FSC certified materials.

The tops that seal the bottles are made from metal and the cover on top is made from plastic, which is not accounted for by the iSiS factory when offsetting their emissions.

Distribution

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

Distribution process is under the supervision of iSiS to ensure the selection of the shipping cars to be cleaned and qualified for the process.

The emissions produced during the distribution process are calculated and offset by Sekem holding. 

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.

Meet The Employees

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Marwa

Quality Manager in iSiS

Marwa has been working in the 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.

 

Ahmed

Factory Engineer in iSiS

Ahmed Saeed lives in Galvina near the iSiS factory. He’s been working with SEKEM for 6 years now, as part of the production team.

 

 

Abd El Magid

Distributor in SEKEM

Abd El Magid has been an employee in SEKEM for over 15 years. He is responsible for distributing the finished products to stores all over Cairo.

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 the sustainable agricultural practices of cultivating this sesame is sequestering Co2e it is actually saving up future damage cost that you’ll eventually pay for. 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 you and future generations eventually pay for.

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

Check out the locations of all the farms, companies who were involved in making this product!
discover the origin of your product

El-Zahwien

Abdalah Saad 1

El-Gezerah

Eraky

Mahmoud Rabie

El-Feky

El-Gazera

Abou Hamad 4

El-Asaal

El-Manashee

Somosta

Abdel Azeem 2

Ewees

Hasan

El-Rouby

Sekem Minia

Bahgat

Abdalah

Fathy

Salah

Shoulkam

Ashny

Abd El-Ghaffar

Bani Oday

Manfalout

El-Baraka

El-Fangary

Abd El-Maksod

Basateen Aswan

El-Mostafa

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