Let's start by saying carbon offsets are not THE answer. Sauce Shop is damaging the planet.
We recognise that by investing in carbon offsets, we can help our planet recover from the damage we, other businesses and people are causing. That's all while we reduce our impact as much as possible.
We are a manufacturer, making products from scratch. We realise that this means we will, by nature, emit more than a small office team for example.
What are offsets?
Carbon offsets are schemes which allow for the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. They're commonly verified schemes which reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. There's been lots of criticism for carbon offsetting schemes which are solely reliant on planting trees, but many of them have moved away from just tree planting; instead focusing on clean energy projects and similar.
How do we do it?
We work with our offset partner, Ecologi, on a number of verified carbon reduction projects. Each month, they support a range of carbon reduction projects verified by the Gold Standard and equivalent. Ecologi's projects range from implementing renewable energy, to carbon capture and community projects.
We calculate our business emissions across scope 1, 2 and 3 and then feed that figure into Ecologi each quarter. Ecologi then work to offset our emissions through their chosen projects.