Our Carbon Footprint
April 20, 2018
One of Motherlove’s founding principles, or pillars, as we call them, is “Sustaining and Giving”. We’ve talked on this blog before about how we are committed to being a good steward of the environment and how we like to give back to our community. We have solar panels above our facility, we divert 98% of our waste from the landfill, and we give a portion of all of our sales to non-profit organizations.
Every year, we try to do to even more for our environment and community than the year before. A key contributor to our continued success in this realm is our Sustainability Coordinator, Javi. For the past few years, our entire staff has kept track of the number of miles we’ve flown, whether that is to attend a show on behalf of Motherlove, or vacation. At the end of the year, our Sustainability Coordinator totals the miles and makes a contribution to a local non-profit, Trees, Water, & People, to offset our carbon footprint as a result of flying.
This past year, we did even more to offset our carbon footprint. From May of 2016 to July of 2017, we measured exactly how much carbon dioxide (CO2) our body care line (such as Nipple Cream and Diaper Balm) produced. In total, over the course of about 15 months, our body care line polluted 75 Metric Tons of CO2. To put this in perspective, that is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 183,824 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle or CO2 emissions from 8,439 gallons of gasoline consumed.
After we found out exactly how much our body care line was emitting, we wanted to do something about it. Just like we offset our carbon footprint from our air travel, we decided to offset our carbon footprint from our body care line. To do so, we purchased certified carbon credits from Carbon Credit Capital – each carbon credit equals 1 metric ton of carbon dioxide. These 75 credits were direct to 2 worthy organizations:
- EKI Services Wind Energy Project in Maharashtra, India
- UPM’s Xuyong Household Biogas Project in China, which supports approximately 2,000 households in the construction of biogas digesters.
Every year, we try to become an even more sustainable business and are always looking for ways to improve. If you have any great ideas, we’d love to hear them!