Avocado Green Mattress is Climate Neutral® Certified, effectively making our business “carbon neutral.” In essence, we have eliminated or mitigated all of our carbon emissions. How do we do it? We reduce what we can, then offset all of our scopes 1, 2, and 3 emissions—the full carbon footprint that our business activity generates, from resource extraction to finished product delivery—by purchasing offset projects to counter climate change. For 2018, we funded three verified projects via Carbonfund to offset 31,000 metric tons CO2e.
WHY GO NEUTRAL
We know that the Global Threat of Climate Change is real, caused in part by making and delivering stuff. Businesses have to be part of the solution. We can lead the transition to a low-carbon economy by working to reduce our carbon pollution and paying to offset what we cannot to achieve a net-zero business operation. The Climate Neutral label empowers consumers to choose brands that are taking action.
WHO IS CLIMATE NEUTRAL
Climate Neutral is an independent non-profit organization working to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world by putting a price on carbon emissions. They’re leading the fight against climate change by helping brands measure, reduce, and offset entire carbon footprints. Avocado Green Mattress is currently the only mattress brand in the world to be Climate Neutral certified.
There is no future without action. Climate Neutral helps brands declare that eliminating their carbon is a fundamental act of doing business. If everybody does it, together we can: (1) Cut carbon immediately to help halt our warming trend. (2) Drive additional funding to low carbon technologies. (3) Send proof to policymakers: businesses are ready to act. Climate Neutral provides a simple and straightforward way to become part of the global climate solution. Explore other Climate Neutral brands.
HOW IT WORKS
Climate Neutral is a platform to help companies measure their full carbon footprint and publicly commit to reducing and offsetting all of it, to achieve a net-zero business operation. Climate Neutral is building a calculator for companies to estimate their greenhouse gas emissions. This easy-to-use tool will be based on traditional life-cycle analysis methods. For our certification, they calculate scopes 1 (Direct Emissions: Sources that are owned or controlled by Avocado Green Mattress) 2 (Indirect Emissions: Purchased electricity, steam, heating & cooling for own use) and 3 (Indirect Emissions: Indirect emissions occurring in the value chain associated with the production of a specific product.)
Internal reductions are important. They also usually take time — years or decades — to implement completely. That is why they should be paired with 100% offsetting in the near term or else we’re falling short of what’s possible.
Carbon offsets are vehicles for paying someone to remove carbon from the atmosphere or prevent greenhouse gases from getting there in the first place. There are dozens of ways to reduce emissions around the world. Each carbon credit represents the reduction or removal of 1 ton of CO2e. Credits can be generated through a variety of projects, ranging from reforestation initiatives that directly sequester CO2, to projects that indirectly address climate change by addressing its root causes. Our carbon offset partner is Carbonfund.
We proudly display the Climate Neutral certified logo on our website, on our product tags and on our packaging.
OUR FUNDED PROJECTS
Verified carbon credits are purchased equal-to or more-than our total emissions calculated. These can be distributed across a portfolio of project types: renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste, transportation, chemical processes/industrial manufacturing, avoided deforestation, tree planing, cookstoves, agriculture, water filtration, small hydro (<20MW), and landfill methane. Our projects funded in 2019 to offset our total emissions are below.
AQUA CLARA SAFE DRINKING WATER
SUSTAINABLE CLEAN WATER ACCESS
The Aqua Clara Project is on a mission to improve access to safe drinking water, by distributing simple, affordable and effective technologies in Africa. Their work is building local water capacity, providing effective solutions and implementing sustainable approaches while reducing the need in Africa to burn unsustainable biomass in order to boil water, thereby reducing harmful emissions and deforestation.
PROTECTING ~750,000 ACRES
The environmental benefits of funding Deforestation Projects in the Brazilian Amazon include a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, helping mitigate climate change, conserving the habitat for endemic bird species and threatened tree species, improving local water quality and retaining topsoil and control erosion. This Verified Carbon Standard project also establishes alternative sources of income and employment for the local community.
BURN STOVES PROJECT
SAFE & EFFICIENT COOKSTOVES
The project aims to eliminate the preventable deaths and environmental damage in developing countries that are caused by cooking with a three stone open fire. According to recent statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency, the average open fire produces nearly as much carbon dioxide as the average motor vehicle. The Cookstove Project trains and supervises families in the process of building and maintaining their own clean cookstoves. This increases safety, while reducing emissions and deforestation.