To keep global heating below 1.5 degrees, we can't just reduce emissions, we also need to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. And we need to do it today.
LILLY GILBERT, FOUNDER OF TALLIS
So far, Tallis has removed 60 kg of CO2 directly from the air which is 8% of the way to our annual target for our 2020-21 financial year.
The carbon was captured in the Climeworks plant in Iceland and is now stored safely and permanently underground in a basaltic rock formation.
what the carbon we capture makes up for
We currently capture enough carbon to offset completely:
- Energy use at our offices in Geneva and Singapore
- Business travel (which is a very minimal 0.4 flights per year per employee, and is currently zero due to the coronavirus pandemic).
- The emissions from running our store in Geneva
What we don't currently offset:
- The energy used in producing and transporting our products
- Our plan is to calculate their footprints and capture the equivalent amount of CO2 to offset them
ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere
There are a few different approaches to remove carbon from the air. The direct air capture method we use will mean it is slow for us to get started as it is a lot more expensive than planting trees, however we chose to go this way as it removes CO2 from atmosphere right now, today.
The main approaches are:
Planting trees to suck up CO2 from the air. We are proud that the marine conservation project we support in Indonesia has an element of reforestation and mangrove tree replacement.
Using engineered chemical reactions to remove CO2 from ambient air.
This is what we are doing with Climeworks.
The use of bioenergy in combination with carbon capture and storage.
We're all part of the story
9 Ways to REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
- Boil only the water you need. Use a saucepan lid when cooking.
- Buy food fresh when it's in season, frozen if it's not.
- Clean up your wardrobe, don't order online and send back.
- Reduce your heating or air conditioning.
- Make your home energy efficient.
- Eat less meat - and choose locally, non-intensively reared.
- Do less laundry - at cooler temperatures. Line dry clothes.
- Choose public transport over cars and trains over planes.
- Think smart with air travel, fewer but longer trips, fly direct.
extend the life of your clothes
If you extend the life of a garment by one year, you can reduce its carbon footprint by 25%.
Our Eco Wardrobe guide is designed to show you how to do just that.
choose to reuseShow me recycled hats
When you choose a used material or garment over something new, you will reduce your carbon footprint by 60-70% according to ThredUp. This is because you are eliminating the harmful carbon emitted when producing a new garment.
Our collection of hand-made hats are made from recycled vintage cashmere and merino wool (both of which, when new, have a fairly high carbon footprint).
Each one of us is a cause of global warming, but each one of us can make choices to change that with the things we buy, the electricity we use, the cars we drive; we can make choices to bring our individual carbon emissions to zero. The solutions are in our hands, we just have to have the determination to make it happen.
AL GORE, An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
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