LETTER FROM OUR TEAM
As we’ve watched our world work together in unprecedented ways to #flattenthecurve, we’ve been incredibly inspired. COVID-19 has reminded us that we are not invincible. And, that we are not alone. This Earth Day, we hope we will soon begin to battle climate change with the same sense of urgency and togetherness.
The clothes we put on our bodies have enabled the fashion industry to become one of the top 5 most polluting industries, responsible for 10% of the world’s carbon footprint. We can all do better.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we’re thrilled to announce that Nisolo is going carbon neutral. Today, we’re committing to measuring and offsetting the full scope of our environmental impact through the pursuit of Climate Neutral Certification.
We’re partnering with Climate Neutral, an independent non-profit organization working to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world by helping brands measure, reduce, and offset their carbon emissions, to do this work. Everything we make has an impact on the planet, and, to reverse climate change, we believe it’s essential to measure those impacts and offset them in an effective manner.
Since early 2018, we have offset the carbon emissions of everything we have produced by investing in forest conservation in the Cordillera Azul of the Peruvian Amazon. Your purchases have enabled Nisolo to protect 138,180 trees covering an area of 23,656,922 square feet (that’s 184 soccer fields) from deforestation in the Amazon Basin and offset 1,221 metrics tons of CO2. This is the equivalent of taking 264 cars off the road for a year or 137,392 gallons of gas consumed. Our conservation project currently supports 716 jobs, 30% of which are held by women.
While we’re extremely proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together, these numbers only represent what we’ve been able to offset at the factory level. Through the support of Climate Neutral, we’ll now be able to triple the impact you’ve helped us create in combating climate change. From measuring the carbon emissions of raw material providers to measuring emissions within our factories to measuring the emissions of our daily commutes and even the trucks that deliver Nisolo products to your doorstep, we are committing to reducing our footprint and offsetting carbon emissions in their entirety.
Our desire is to give back more to the planet than we take away, and this commitment is a big step in that direction.
COVID-19 is bringing the fashion industry and much of the world to a breaking point. We’ve been focusing on the short-term. Let’s leverage this as an opportunity to reset. Making the long-term commitment to go carbon neutral brought our team a tremendous amount of hope, and we encourage everyone to follow suit.
Whether by reducing your own consumption, encouraging your workplace toward Climate Neutral Certification, purchasing from carbon neutral brands, or taking 5 minutes to soak in what you just read, we hope you’ll take action this Earth Day so that, together, we can rebuild something far greater than what was here before.
Nisolo means not alone. Un abrazo fuerte de todos nosotros.