We are proud to announce that we are officially Climate Neutral Certified!
Science says we have just nine years to make the changes needed to tackle climate change. While it’s an overwhelming thought, solutions to climate change do exist, they just require immediate action and dedication to see them through.
If we’re going to help find real solutions to climate change, we have to make big commitments and even bigger changes, which is why we became an officially Climate Neutral Certified brand at the start of 2021!
We worked closely with our friends at Climate Neutral to measure Saie’s 2020 carbon footprint. We calculated all of the emissions that it takes to make and ship our products to your doorstep, and then we offset all 1,181 tonnes of carbon by investing in these carbon drawdown projects:
Cookstoves in Uganda
Many homes in Uganda use wood-burning stoves which contribute to local deforestation and cause poor indoor air quality for households.The Improved Cookstoves for Social Impact in Ugandan Communities project strives to replace inefficient wood-burning stoves with more efficient Uga stoves. These stoves can reduce wood and charcoal burning by 50% and improve indoor air quality by reducing emissions. Additionally, switching to a more efficient stove can save families approximately 20% of annual income that otherwise would have been spent on fuel.
According to the EPA, landfills are currently the third-largest contributor to anthropogenic methane emissions across the country. As methane emissions are roughly 30 times stronger than carbon dioxide emissions, this project is crucial as it collects methane gas from landfills and converts it into power that can fuel up to 1000 homes.
Many rural developing communities in Sichuan, China have inadequate waste management systems that create health problems and methane emissions for local communities. The Biogas Development program converts organic waste into clean fuel and compost via biogas digesters. These digesters create healthy sanitation systems for local communities, and generate a good source of local nutrients for crops.
A majority of greenhouse gas emissions are generated by the transportation and energy sectors, and the goal of this project is to install electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure to support the national transition to widespread use of EVs in the United States. Funds to this project will be directed to both light-duty infrastructure (ideal for personal EVs) and heavy-duty charging stations for buses.
Wind Energy in the US
Renewable energy generation is a reliable solution to climate change because it helps displace our reliance on energy from fossil fuels. A portion of our carbon credits have gone to fund renewable energy efforts across the United States. This specific project supports wind energy production near Minot, North Dakota, to reduce our dependence on traditional electricity sources.
Supporting various climate change projects is really just the beginning! We’ve created an ongoing reduction plan to help us achieve our goal of reaching “net zero” carbon emissions as we continue to grow. Throughout this year and beyond, we’ll be making the following changes to reduce our future emissions even more:
We’re minimizing the use of unnecessary materials like dividers and pads in the shipping boxes that head to our fulfillment centers and retailers.
Going forward, we’ll be using custom-made shipping boxes that won’t require any padding, partitions, or dividers (but your package will still make it to your doorstep safely!).
We’re creating a more sustainable supply chain that reduces our air freight use by 50%. This significantly lowers our carbon footprint when it comes to transporting our products and our goal is to eliminate air freight entirely by 2023.
To keep our Climate Neutral certification, we must meet these reduction goals and continue to implement new ways of lowering our carbon footprint as a brand. Watch this space and head to our Climate Neutral profile to stay up to date on our progress!