What does carbon neutral mean?
According to The CarbonNeutral Protocol, when a business is certified carbon neutral, it means that the greenhouse gas emissions associated with that company have been reduced to zero for a given time period and that it no longer has a carbon footprint.
What is a carbon footprint?
Carbon footprint is a phrase that describes the amount of greenhouse gases that are introduced into the atmosphere by an individual, organisation or community. Every aspect of running a company, from electricity and deliveries, to travel and staff commutes, carries a carbon footprint.
How has Tropic become carbon neutral?
We are working with Natural Capital Partners, experts in the delivery of solutions for positive impact on carbon and renewable energy, to measure and reduce emissions generated directly or indirectly by Tropic.
This includes, but is not limited to, the electricity and gas used at HQ, every shipment of ingredients to our Surrey Beauty Kitchen, every customer’s Tropic order delivery, the events we host – including our bi-annual Glambassadors shows, and your Glambassadors Abroad trips – and even staff commuting to and from work.
What is the CarbonNeutral® Project?
We offset our carbon emissions through carbon finance contributions that support the Acre Amazonian Rainforest Conservation project in South America.
90% of Brazil’s Acre state is forested, but current rates of destruction mean by 2030 this could decline to 65%. The project aims to protect biodiverse habitats by preventing deforestation across 105,000 hectares of pristine rainforest.
The project works with communities and local groups to help protect ecosystem services, while providing alternative models of economic development which avoid destruction of the forest. This includes agriculture training to increase crop yields and farming techniques that work with the forest rather than encouraging the clearing of it for agriculture.
The Acre Amazonian Rainforest Conservation project also delivers a number of other benefits that contribute to 15 out of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as Goal 2: Zero Hunger. Families are trained and have access to courses on how to grow bananas, chickpeas, cassava and corn. By increasing yields, these agricultural activities are now more profitable.
These actions all help to sustainably manage the forest, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.