We are proud to announce that we are officially Climate Neutral Certified, Leaping Bunny Certified, members of 1% for the Planet and Certified Plastic Negative.
Our goal at Saie is to go completely plastic-free across all of our departments. It’s a big goal, but even if it takes some time, it’s one we are determined to achieve. We knew we wanted to become a plastic neutral brand that removes just as much plastic waste from nature as we use to create our products, but we decided to take a step even further and become plastic negative through rePurpose Global!
Our certification will support Project Saaf Samudra, a nonprofit focused on cleaning the coastlines of Goa, India’s beaches. Our contributions enable the project to finance the recovery of ocean-bound plastic which is then ethically disposed of without creating any harmful environmental emissions. After the plastic is collected, it is co-processed in kilns where plastic replaces fossil fuels like coal and natural mineral resources as an energy source in the production of fresh cement. Not only does this initiative dispose of unrecyclable plastic waste without sending it to landfills, but it also reduces the usage of coal in the cement manufacturing process, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Until we can go completely plastic-free, we’ll offset our plastic footprint by contributing a percentage of our sales to vetted impact programs through rePurpose, and we’ll continue to implement new ways of minimizing the use of plastic in our products.
According to Cruelty Free International, half a million animals are used to test cosmetics each year. Makeup isn’t made for animals, so why would we test our ingredients and formulas on them? As a brand devoted to making clean products that are safe for you and the planet, it only makes sense we’d extend this same mindset to animals through our Leaping Bunny Certification. When you see this logo on our products, you can be sure that we don't conduct or commission animal testing on any of our products... period! It also means we don't purchase any ingredients, formulations, or products from any third party companies that conduct or commission animal testing of any kind. While we’ve upheld this standard since our launch in 2019, we are so proud to have received our certification in 2021!
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!