The Ellen MacArthur Foundation put global textile industry emissions at 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent per-year. Therefore, we aim to reduce our CO2 emissions by only working with manufactures that process their hemp and textile production in one country.
As hemp can absorb four times as much carbon dioxide than the average plant, we are continuously offsetting a proportion of the energy and carbon emissions we produce for the production and shipping of our goods. The more we develop a demand for hemp textiles, the more carbon dioxide we can offset!
The Cultiva Corporation is always striving to work with the local community. As a member of the Oxford Low Carbon organisation, we are continuously sharing information on how hemp and other natural resources can be used to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
The Greenr ProjectCultiva Kingdom has partnered up with Greenr. Greenr is a social enterprise that uses technology to connect consumers and carbon offsetting programmes in a transparent way.
To offset your purchase, selected to donate to Greenr into your shopping cart
Greenr’s aim is to give you the choice to offset in a way that motivates you – whether that’s funding rural solar in Africa or replanting trees in Argyll. As you donate, you will continue to see the results of your giving as we share the stories and impact you have created along the way. Simply select the Greenr icon at the checkout of your next online purchase and start engaging with how you off-set.
Our expert team have selected the best run carbon offsetting projects around the world to work with. All of our projects have the highest classification of carbon credits, under the Verified Carbon Standard, Gold Standard, the UK Woodland Carbon Code and CCB Standards.
To begin with Greenr will automatically allocate the money that you have chosen to off-set your carbon with to these projects. These are the projects below that we are donating to:
Forest Carbon was founded in 2006 and is the UK’s leading developer of woodland creation projects for business carbon footprints. Together with partners they have planted 8.5 million trees in 172 new woodlands around the UK, all certified under the government’s ISO14065 accredited Woodland Carbon Code.
Forest Carbon’s project at Talla & Gameshope, in the Scottish Borders, is special because it offers a rare opportunity to restore a large area of hills and upland valleys to their natural state – providing habitats extensive enough to be sustainable.
For centuries a sheep farm, the impact of this land management style on fragile upland habitats is plain to be seen. Native woodlands once would have thrived along the valley bottoms and the higher slopes would have been rich in montane scrub, with heathlands of heather and blaeberry. Talla is the third project Forest Carbon and the Borders Forest Trust have collaborated on, resulting in over 750 acres of new native woodland to date. We are confident that over time these valleys and hillsides will once again support vibrant, self-reliant habitats, habitats that would not have been possible without the support of Forest Carbon.
Carbon Tanzania occupies a unique position in the conservation world in East Africa. A social enterprise at heart, they seek to reframe the way people view and utilise natural landscapes. Their pioneering business approach ensures that value is realised through a network of stakeholders, from the forest communities themselves through to the companies and individuals providing the finance.
Their targeted projects generate verified forest carbon offsets which are sold on the voluntary market. Revenue is paid directly to the communities for development and livelihood needs. These communities have autonomy over how the revenue is spent.
This new project in Tanzania is protecting 216,000 hectares of rich miombo woodlands and gallery forest. The area is part of a wildlife corridor that connects Mahale Mountains and Katavi National Parks, providing landscape connectivity across a huge and remote part of Western Tanzania. This ancient forest sequesters over 5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, which is roughly equivalent to a third of the annual carbon footprint of British Airways
The project is not only crucial to protect the trees which are taking Carbon Dioxide out of the atmosphere, but it also will serve the farmers of this richly wooded landscape whose lifestyles depend on healthy forests for water catchment and other products and services. The communities have developed land-use plans that allow them to protect these forests while farming designated areas – but illegal immigrant farmers undermine these plans and threaten the forest resources. The revenues from the carbon project strengthen their ability to enforce these plans and prevent illegal land clearance.
CO2balance develop and implement projects that deliver the combined benefit of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and improving socio-economic conditions for target communities, making quantifiable contributions to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Greenr is partnering with CO2balance for their Borehole and Fuel-efficient stove projects in Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Malawi, Rwanda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
The consumption and use of unsafe water have significant health impacts, with water borne and diarrheal diseases being the third highest cause of death and disability in the country. The high climatic variability in the region, resulting in frequent flooding and droughts, further compounds the stress on local communities.
The vast majority of rural populations rely on wood as their primary energy source, and for those that have no choice but to boil water for purification, this contributes to a major source hazardous household air pollution as well as carbon emissions.
Each water point that is rehabilitated and maintained as part of the project provides communities with a safe and reliable clean water source, thereby reducing the risk of water borne diseases and removing the need to boil water for purification. The project also supports a programme of WASH training to improve the wider hygiene and sanitation practices within communities.
For those that bear the primary responsibility of resource collection, mainly women and children, the provision of a convenient safe water source means that the burden of time spent on collecting water and the wood for boiling water is reduced. This means they have more time to spend on other important activities such as attending school, supporting family-wellbeing, or participating in the economy. The project also engages with local schools to educate pupils on the benefits of safe water and hygiene practices.
Improved Cookstove Projects
In rural areas in Africa wood is the most important energy source for household cooking, where alternative fuel sources are either unavailable or unaffordable. Using a more efficient cooking method has been shown to save a significant amount of wood for households, reducing the impact on the environment and the drudgery for the women and children who primarily collect the wood. CO2balance are partnering with Vita to certify their Ethiopia projects under the Gold Standard.
The stoves are designed to maximise uptake within communities and are built within the project area – providing employment during the production phase. Each stove saves up to 50% of wood for the household, which helps to alleviate the pressure of wood demand on the local forests. In turn, the stoves’ wood saving reduces the amount of time that is required to collect wood fuel, allowing women and children more time to participate in other activities.
The increased thermal efficiency of the stoves means that the combustion process is more complete, therefore risks related to exposure to hazardous household air pollution are minimised, and carbon emissions are also reduced, greatly improving the well-being and lives of thousands of families.
Ecosphere+ is a mission-driven business that helps companies create and implement nature-based solutions that enable them to succeed in a world aligned with global climate and development goals. As a project partner with Greenr, our customers will have access to two of their leading offsetting projects in Peru: Cordillera Azul and Nii Kaniti.
Cordillera Azul, Peru
The Cordillera Azul National Park project is in Peru’s high forest between the Andes and the Amazon Basin. Its stunning mountains, sparkling blue lagoons, rich biodiversity, and multicultural population have rightly earned this area the name the ‘jewel of the Peruvian Amazon’.
This project is working in a huge landscape of 3.7 million hectares (nearly the size of the Netherlands) to protect 1.6 million hectares of threatened forest. The Cordillera Azul project focuses on establishing sustainable livelihoods through technical assistance and support for transitioning land use to agroforestry systems for sustainable cocoa and coffee production. In addition, a wide community-driven programme is helping tens of thousands of local people gain access to basic services such as sanitation, health care and education.
Conservation and protection activities inside the forest include biological monitoring and scientific research, as well as surveillance and control of illegal human behaviours.
This project is implemented on the ground by the Peruvian NGO, CIMA
Nii Kaniti, Peru
The Nii Kaniti project in Peru focuses on protecting rainforest and avoiding deforestation on community land through scaling up sustainable community forest management. It integrates conservation activities that put a value on indigenous-led development with FSC certified timber extraction and cacao agroforestry
The project is located in Ucayali, a region in the central part of Eastern Peru, on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest. By protecting 127,000 hectares of critical rainforest ecosystem, the project will reduce global emissions by 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 by 2021. The project area is comprised of community land from seven indigenous communities located around the Ucayali River. Native communities are the second largest managers of forest land in Peru, therefore are key actors and critical to successful forest, biodiversity, culture and climate.
When it comes to Cultiva design work, it is important for us to be organic! We ensure all of the cotton material that we work with is organically certified by Global Textile Organic Standard. We are continuously working with our hemp fibre farmers, to ensure the best practices are used to improve the soil and to develop the strongest fibrous stalk. Secondly, our products are coloured with natural dyes, some of which are also certified by GOTS.
We consider the full cycle of every product from seed to shelf, to waste when it's finished its life. This is how we make fabric decisions on the design process, especially when it comes to working with non-natural fibres. We aim to have a 100% biodegradable hemp range. A small percentage of our product uses spandex for elastic properties to enable products to have a comfortable fit. Through some clever development, we will strive towards one day being 100%.
To prove the longevity of our garments, we want to ensure each item is recycled after use and put back into our circular system of materials. When finished with your garment, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a free return label. You will then receive a 25% discount off your next purchase. These garments are often remade into new products or sold through our second hand thrift shop.
We use recycled and recyclable materials in all of our packaging. Our hangtags are 100% recyclable and biodegradable hemp card. The parcel bags used to protect garments during transit are made from cornstarch or kraft paper.