Our product is simply 100% coconut husk (the hairy bit!). The rest of the coconut is used in the food and cosmetics industries, as well as to make products such as ropes and brushes, meaning nothing goes to waste. Coconuts are a renewable resource, and are harvested on average every 45 days. Unlike peat, which takes centuries to develop.
100% of the packaging protecting our product is recyclable. So please make sure you recycle it! Our mails and document holders are also degradable.
Our supplier is based in Sri Lanka. They are ISO9001 and ISO14001 certified, they recycle water used during manufacturing, often use biodegradable packaging, support LEAF and are members of Sedex. All of these policies and certifications ensure a strict, high standard of manufacturing which protects the environment.
As for social sustainability, they have a strict no child labour policy, set working house with regular rest periods, and supervisors continuously ensuring health and safety measures are always met. They provide a wage that is above the industry average, a healthcare scheme, meals at work and transport. They also support their local temple through maintenance and community events, and have sponsored a local orphanage since 2005, providing food, educational materials, maintenance, as well as the opportunity for work experience when orphans reach 18 years old.
offsetting our carbon footprint
As the coir blocks are so small and light, their carbon footprint is small, one of the many benefits of the form of our product. However, for every sale we make, we pay to offset the carbon dioxide emissions caused by postal transportation through 'Offset'. This helps fund the Jarí Para REDD+ Avoided Unplanned Deforestation project. This is a 'Verified Carbon Standard' certified project that will be verified by Pachama using their monitoring technology. The money go towards protecting the existing forest, improving the biomass through better forest management practices, and verifying the progress of the project.
We also make an annual donation to Forest Carbon. Forest Carbon specialise in woodland creation and peatland restoration for carbon capture and ecosystem services. Head over to www.forestcarbon.co.uk to find out more about their amazing work!