As part of our Sustainability Pledge, we’ve made a commitment to produce our supplements responsibly. This includes managing our carbon footprint. In 2020, we achieved CarbonNeutral® delivery certification – the first significant milestone in reducing our carbon emissions. But what exactly does this mean and what are our future carbon plans? Read on to find out.
Why Are Carbon Emissions And Why Do They Matter?
Carbon emissions, measured in CO2e, refer to the amount of carbon dioxide produced in human activity. High levels of CO2e are most commonly caused by burning organic materials and gas released from landfills, production or agriculture.
Increased carbon emissions are the main cause of climate change. This has several impacts on the planet, including:
- Extreme weather conditions – The warming of the global temperature brings weather events such as tropical storms, heat waves and droughts.
- Changes to animal habitats – More carbon in the air can restrict plant growth, affecting both animal habitats and human food sources.
- Impacts to human health – Carbon emissions can increase smog and air pollution. This can result in the onset of respiratory problems in humans.
What Is CarbonNeutral®?
The next phase of our sustainability journey is to reduce our carbon emissions even further. We’re aiming to support the UK government in achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This follows the 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Reducing Your Own Carbon Footprint
So, now you know about our commitments to reducing emissions and energy, what can you do to manage your own carbon footprint?
Switching to a vegetarian diet decreases your carbon footprint by 1.5 tonnes per year. But you don’t need to give up meat completely to make an impact on emissions. Even switching from beef to poultry saves approximately 1555lbs of carbon dioxide annually. 3
Supplements can be a great way to support your daily intake of the vitamins and minerals you might usually source from animal products: