We all know by now that carbon emissions are rising. The recent COP26 summit in Glasgow highlighted key carbon emission figures that need to come down significantly if there is any chance of curbing climate change. The shipping of liquid soaps in Switzerland alone produces the equivalent of 3 Eiffel Towers (30’000 tons) of CO2, every year. There is a lot we can do as individuals to reduce our own carbon footprint, and supporting small organic and natural businesses is one way to do just that. But how do these small businesses offset their own carbon emissions? Read on to find out!
1. Carbon Offsetting
Many think that carbon emissions are exclusive to the production and manufacture of products, but that is not the case. Carbon emissions are associated with all parts of the supply chain, from the very beginning including sourcing material for products to the very end involving delivery of products. Small organic and natural businesses indulge in carbon offsetting by relying on renewable sources of energy to power their production facilities, using less water, and investing in sustainable projects elsewhere. By purchasing products from these businesses, we can fund their effort to carbon neutrality.
2. Recycled Packaging for Carbon Neutrality
In a world where everything we purchase pretty much comes in plastic, small organic and natural businesses are making strides in alternative plastic solutions. Using recycled plastic such as PET, cardboard, paper, aluminium, and glass contributes to reducing carbon emissions, but does not require producing new packaging. This greatly reduces the carbon footprint associated with packaging production.
3. 3R’s for Small Organic Businesses
The 3R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle don’t just apply to us. These small businesses keep up to date with the well-known concept. Offering large bulk refills for products and reusing old bottles and containers are just two ways small brands ensure items are reused as much as possible before being recycled. Reusing before recycling is key to reducing carbon emissions. Several zero-waste shops have the same concept of selling products in old containers, either that you bring yourself or are sold in their shops.
4. Natural Organic Ingredients
The great thing about small organic and natural businesses is that they live up to their category by using organic and natural ingredients in their products. Not only are the ingredients sourced in sustainable ways, but they are good for the environment by ensuring reducing carbon emissions and making sure there is no toxic spillover. Plus, organic and natural ingredients are just as good for the environment as they are for us!
There are a lot of ways small organic and natural businesses are paving the way towards carbon neutrality. By creating a product that is 90% lighter than traditional liquid soaps, our NOW Care powder-to-liquid soaps can radically decrease the carbon footprint from the soaps we use to shower. By supporting these businesses, we can lower our individual carbon footprint.