Our way to CO² neutral sourcing

Sustainability and sourcing products from the other side of the world might seem controversial. This article gives you a clear overview of where our products come from, how they are being transported and how much CO² the transportation processes are emitting. And finally, what are we from ecocobowls doing to reduce our carbon footprint.

Our philosophy

Our goal at ecocobowls is to have a positive impact on the environment as well as to all partners involved along the supply chain. We believe that together we can raise awareness about environmental challenges and provide solutions on how to tackle those challenges. Everyone can have a huge impact, no matter how small the actions may seem. 

We want to be CO neutral as best as possible. However, emitting no emissions is not possible since our products are shipped from Indonesia. But we want to do our best to offset our emissions by supporting environmentally friendly projects from certified organisations. As stated in our philosophy, we want to be transparent as possible and therefore we will list all transportation activities and their CO² footprint. To do that, we used the carbon calculator from DHL. The emissions are calculated based on guidelines outlined in the GHG Protocol, the corporate accounting and reporting standard, as well as the corporate value chain accounting and reporting standard. Moreover,these data are also prepared in accordance with the requirements of the European Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) and standards EN 16258 and ISO 14064.

The analysis

Our shipment included a volume of 2 cbm and a weight of 136 kg. Based on these data we can calculate the emissions which each vehicle emitted. Below you see a world map which illustrates the journey that our products took. We include our whole supply chain in this view, from the coconut oil producers in Sumatra to the port of Hamburg. Since we procure the coconut shells from several suppliers in Sumatra, we worked with an estimated distance using the city of Palembang as a starting point.

The small table below, describes the transport steps in a more detailed way. Our journey started in Sumatra. By truck the coconut shells were delivered to our manufacturer in Yogyakarta. After finishing the production process, the coconut bowls were transported by truck to the port of Semarang. A ship transported the goods to Singapore where our goods were loaded to a new ship which then eventually arrived in Hamburg. The total CO²e TtW (Tank to Wheel) emissions were 123,351 kg.  Ships and trucks not only emit CO² gases but also other pollutants like NOx, SOx,CO, HC and PM. These pollutants are all included in the CO²e calculations.

Offsetting our CO² emissions

In order to reduce the impact on the environment caused by the transportation of our coconut bowls we decided to offset our CO² emissions.Offsetting CO² is a controversial discussion, however we believe that it is a good way to have a positive impact on the environment. Sustainability is very important to our business and therefore we strive towards as little emissions as possible. Atmosfair is one of the leading CO² offsetting companies with a well known reputation for quality of compensation, transparency and controlling. This is why we have decided to use atmosfair to compensate for our emissions. 

We from ecocobowls go even a step further. We did not only offset our emissions (~124 kg) but as a sign of good will and to support environmental projects, we offset 430kg! The certificate from atmosfair proves exactly that 😉

Moreover, we send all of our parcels to our end customers with DHL go-green, which means CO² neutral transportation to your home.

What are your thoughts on our journey to CO² neutrality? Simply comment on our post. We are happy to answer all of your questions.

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