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Garthenor Organic is going Carbon Neutral in 2019

Our planet is in trouble.

More specifically, the impact we’ve made as a population will never, ever be reversed. That’s a pretty depressing thought, but it’s certainly no reason to give up. In fact, it’s the best possible reason to continue making commitments to our collective future, and the future of the world around us. That’s why, for 2019 we’ve made a commitment to go Carbon Neutral.

Yes, it’s a bit of a buzzword (buzzphrase?), but it’s a step towards not just minimising our negative impact as a company, but to actually make a positive impact.

We’ve made a few other commitments, that we think are pretty good too:

  • No single use plastic produced or used by us as a company
  • No man made fibres
  • 100% organic production, independetly certified to Global Organic Textile Standards

That first one, no single use plastic, is a bit of an ambiguous one, but we’ve narrowed down our plastic use to just two areas:

  • Reusable polypropylene wool fleece sacks, that last around 10 years and are recycled after they’re worn out
  • Reusable LDPE grip seal bags that we use to store our yarn – also recyclable

How?

We’re already quite a way to being carbon neutral, but this commitment means we’ll calculate our usage, and ensure our offset meets or exceeds this number, month by month.

The main way we’ve already committed to carbon offsetting is by planting trees and hedgerows here on the farm. We’ll also be investing directly into carbon neutral projects in the UK and around the world. All these investments will be into independently certified ventures, and we’ll be totally transparent about exactly what we’re doing.

Calculating our usage is, and will always be a very tricky figure to get to. As a company that makes things, we have a complicated supply chain involving many farms, businesses and processes. Ultimately, we’re having to make a “best guess” about our actual impact, using data from dozens of sources, so to account for this we’ll add at least a 25% margin of error on the final figure.

What’s the goal?

Ultimately, to not have an impact at all. That’s a lofty goal, no doubt.

It’s also a long term commitment, that’ll mean creating and investing in solutions like producing our own electricity, reducing the wool mileage and working with our mills and supplier farms to neutralize their footprint too.

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