The road to CO2 neutrality
In 2018, the worldwide carbon emissions rose yet again. Scientists are warning that a reduction of greenhouse gases is urgently needed to reach the climate targets and keep global warming and its devastating effects as low as possible.
The journey towards a more sustainable world is made of two roads: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting natural habitats. We are committed to reduce plastic waste, but we won’t forget about reducing emissions. Therefore, our supply chain and transport are now carbon neutral, certified by the Carbon Trust label.
Greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming. The pollutants form a blanket in the atmosphere. This reflects sunlight, which is radiated by the earth back to its surface. The process warms our planet, leading to a variety of unwanted events, such as extreme weather (e.g. floods, heat waves, etc.) or the endangerment of wildlife.
If we all start to act now, we will still create a sustainable world, which we can proudly leave for our children!
How are we reducing our carbon footprint?
We reduce our own waste production and greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible. But for us, this is not enough yet. We are determined to be completely carbon neutral.
To achieve this, we calculated the total environmental impact of our supply chain and transport. Together with the Carbon Trust, we assessed our impact to be below 200 tons of CO2 equivalents per year. To put this into context: This is less environmental impact that only one transatlantic flight from London to New York has. With this result, we decided to offset our impact on the climate.
Greenhouse gases emissions are global, thus an increase or decrease in one country effects the rest of the world. This is can be done by a carbon offset: A voluntary action to help reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in another part of the world. The projects are generally most efficient in developing countries, due to the greater efficiency of appliances in developed countries.
We chose to compensate our impact by supporting an environmental project in Malawi.
What does the project do?
Malawi is a developing country in southeast Africa. The state is one of the poorest in the world.
The vast majority of the population uses biomass for their cooking (i.e. wood, charcoal, animal dung or crop residue). Unfortunately, most of these resources have a noticeable impact on the environment and release greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The country’s landscape is dominated by vast stretches of tropical rainforest. However, this valuable natural habitat is in danger due to deforestation. Partly for the demand for biomass used to heat stoves.
To solve this problem, we support the cookstove climate project in the African country. The project introduces highly efficient ceramic cookstoves to the people. The stoves help the population to reduce the consumption of biomass to less than half of the current usage.
Additionally, to the significant environmental benefits of the project, it also helps the people of Malawi. Reducing the need for costly wood and charcoal helps the population to save much needed money to increase their livelihoods.
“If you want to change the world, be that change.”