We’re all about proof. That’s why we commissioned a study to calculate the carbon footprint of our products down to the gram of CO2.
A carbon footprint measures the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere when making and shipping a product or providing a service. In the case of plant-based products, the calculation also factors in the amount of CO2 absorbed.
When companies quantify their “earth-friendly” claims, customers can make informed decisions about the goods or services they buy. That’s why we commissioned Blue Tree Strategies to calculate a carbon footprint for our products, starting with our flagship line of bagasse tableware.
Because sugar cane matures rapidly, it absorbs large amounts of CO2. Sugar refineries mill the harvested sugarcane, and the discarded stalks go to nearby factories, which convert the stalks into bagasse. The bagasse is then molded and shaped into products using heat and steam, cased, and transported to a final destination. Every step in this process creates carbon emissions.
Our most popular product, a 10-inch dinner plate, has a carbon footprint of approximately 164 grams. To put that in perspective, here’s a comparison: a two-wheel drive V6 Ford Explorer average 14 mpg city has a USEIA emissions factor of 8.87 kgCO2 /gallon, and a Ford Focus averages 24 mpg city has a USEIA emissions factor of 8.87 kgCO2 /gallon.