Is N!CK'S vegan ice cream sustainably sourced?

N!CK'S x Perfect Day’s approach allows you to enjoy the dairy foods you love without compromising our climate future. When you enjoy a silky, delicious product made with Perfect Day, you're taking one step towards a kinder, greener tomorrow. In other words, our technology uses production methods that are both efficient and scalable, meaning we do more with less.

Our study found that Perfect Day’s animal-free whey protein is 85–97% lower in greenhouse gas emissions than conventional whey protein.

 

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This graph shows emissions from Perfect Day whey protein compared to WPI90 (whey protein isolate with 90% protein) and total lactated proteins. 

The Life Cycle Assessment method was used to aid Perfect Day in identifying GHG emissions impact hot spots in its whey protein production. This analysis evaluated the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of Perfect Day’s animal-free whey protein as compared to the emissions from the following bovine dairy proteins and the total amount of protein found in cow’s milk, referred to as “total lactated protein”:

  • Bovine dairy protein WPI90 with 90% protein concentration (WPC90/WPI)
  • Two examples of total lactated proteins with 3.3% protein content and two lactated proteins with 3.4% protein content from four different studies. Four proteins from four studies were chosen to show the range of potential results based on these different studies

The GWP category was evaluated to provide the most value to Perfect Day in its commitment to measuring, communicating, and improving its environmental impact. Perfect Day creates protein; therefore, the functional unit of the product is a measure of this nutritional aspect: one kilogram (kg) of protein.

The environmental impact from different proteins depends on material inputs, production method, location, and transportation of the inputs. Perfect Day wanted to fully understand its impact; therefore, the analysis was conducted from cradle-to-gate to include the upstream production of the materials and materials used for the Perfect Day process, production of all other inputs to the process (e.g., natural gas and electricity), and transportation of materials to the Perfect Day production facility. Perfect Day whey protein production also yields a solid biomass co-product that can be sold as an ingredient in high-value domesticated animal pet food; therefore, mass allocation was applied to apportion GHG emissions between the primary and co-product.

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