In line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, we've worked to develop standards and tools that help us to measure, manage, report and reduce carbon emissions. The evaluation was carried out by 'The Green House' and showed our emissions along the entire supply chain for Scope 1, 2 and 3.

 

We now have a carbon footprint management system that tracks our footprint according to sales. After establishing the average emission of each bag we produce, which came to 0.07 kgCO2e, we added over 93% in emissions to each bag to be sure that we are overcompensating for its emission. This means we are confident our offsetting efforts are more than achieving their objectives.

 

The term 'carbon neutrality' is used to describe the goal of reducing human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to zero. Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane trap heat in the atmosphere, causing Earth's temperature to rise. This process is known as the greenhouse effect, and it is responsible for the global climate change we are currently experiencing.

 

Achieving carbon neutrality would mean that we are no longer contributing to the greenhouse effect and therefore not causing any further damage to the Earth's climate. To achieve carbon neutrality, GHG emissions from human activity must be brought to a minimum.

 

Carbon offsetting is a way to negate the production emissions that cannot be avoided by investing in climate projects that are reducing emissions elsewhere.

 

Since the beginning, we have done our best to make low carbon emitting products. However, there are still emissions attached to the materials we use, getting them to our production sites, and delivering the final product. Therefore, when it comes to emissions, we reduce our footprint where possible and offset the rest with carbon credits.

 

In 2021, we purchased 642 000 kgCO2e worth of credits. These credits are issued by various projects that audit the carbon they sink. The projects we bought credits from are the Hout Bay Recycling Co-Op, Recarbon Hermanus and Kuyasa Housing. Together, these projects address waste, housing, soil degradation and local unemployment.