Neighbourhood Botanicals is the UK's first and only 'carbon negative' beauty brand, offsetting more than double our emissions through a hydropower and social project in rural China.
Climate change is the biggest issue affecting our planet right now, and will be for some time. Companies cannot stand by any longer and take profits without contributing back.
A global change towards conscious capitalism is well overdue.
By becoming carbon negative / climate positive, we are going beyond 'climate-neutral'.
We are a very small company, and we keep environmental and sustainability considerations in mind at every stage of our business practices, so we already started with a very low footprint.
In order to calculate and double offset our emissions, we brought in a third-party consulting group who did a full company carbon assessment.
We have made all the checks and balances and we are comfortably offsetting 2x the amount of carbon we emit to get your products made and shipped to you.
How did we work this out?
Most companies consider their carbon box ticked by offsetting emissions just their own business facilities and manufacturing produces.
The nature of agriculture means our ingredients come from all over the world, so it felt insincere for us to stop there.
Raw ingredients are shipped in bulk from the farmers and producers direct to our UK-based suppliers. Our suppliers then ship them to us.
Usually brands would only count the carbon emissions for that last leg of the journey, from the UK-based supplier to their own manufacturing facility.
But, we have calculated and added the emissions from the initial producers to our suppliers as well. There are some unknowables in these calculations, but by doubling our offset amount to 2+ times this allows us to be comfortably carbon negative.
We have also included the embodied carbon* from the manufacture of our bottles and packaging, and our water, waste and business travel.
Our assessor's calculation method is based on the GHG protocol which is the highest standard of carbon footprint reporting.
*Embodied carbon is the footprint of producing a material from 'cradle to grave'.
How is the carbon actually offset?
Our assessors Carbon Jacked work only with United Nations Gold Standard projects, which not only to offset carbon, but contribute to a wide range of UN Sustainable Development Goals also.
We chose to buy carbon credits in a clean energy project in rural China close to where our glass and recycled plastic bottles are made.
The Huoshui HydroPower Project involves multiple small-scale hydropower plants that generate renewable energy for rural Southwest and South Central China.
By supplying clean hydroelectric power to the local grid, the project displaces greenhouse gas emissions, helping mitigate climate change and improving the lives of local people.
The project also provides:
• Local employment opportunities in power plant construction and operation, alleviating regional poverty.
• Funds for social initiatives in cooperation with local organisations, including disaster relief funds.
• Educational programmes aimed at improving the lives of China’s left-behind children, whose parents have migrated to the cities for work in factories leaving their children behind.
• Sustainable agricultural workshops to create increased income opportunities for local farmers.
• A safe and reliable electricity feed to give remote communities better access to electrical appliances to improve their daily life.
This project would not be possible without the revenue generated by carbon credits.
In other good news for 2021, we continue to support micro-finance loans for business owners in developing nations through Lend With Care, and our refill scheme is getting closer to launch!