CLARITY-The Soap Co. awarded The Planet Mark
27 July 2017
CLARITY-The Soap Co., the social enterprise that creates employment for blind and disabled people, has been awarded The Planet Mark for demonstrating its commitment to carbon emissions reduction.
The Planet Mark is an internationally-recognised and trusted sustainability certification programme recognising commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability. It partners with the iconic Eden Project in Cornwall to put climate change and the environment at the top of the business agenda.
Certification was awarded based on CLARITY-The Soap Co.’s commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 5% over the next 12 months. The social enterprise demonstrated that plans are in place to reduce emissions across the organisation.
The carbon footprint of CLARITY-The Soap Co. was 96.6 tCO2e last year based on the energy, water and waste associated with its business operations across four sites in the UK. Its employees have created a 'green team' to find ways to make savings and hit sustainability targets.
The manufacturing process will be streamlined to encourage efficiency and reduced wastage whilst efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle cardboard and other outer packaging will increase.
For new product ranges, recycled and recyclable materials will be used for the packaging to minimise the amount of carbon emissions created. CLARITY-The Soap Co. is also investigating the installation of solar panels on the roof of the factory to allow for the incorporation of renewable energy into the organisation’s energy supply, reducing emissions and promoting sustainability.
The news follows the recent launch of the CLARITYeco range and eco-foaming hand wash that is made with 100% eco certified ingredients and is biodegradable. The foaming technology makes the hand wash up to five times as efficient as liquid alternatives and requires approximately 10% less water, according to studies.
Camilla Marcus-Dew, head of commercial and green team member at CLARITY-The Soap Co., said: “We have bold ambitions to not only support our blind and disabled staff but in a way that also promotes the protection of the environment. Our determination to be sustainable is highlighted by our organisation being rewarded The Planet Mark. Now we have been accredited, the hard work begins."
Yemi Onabolu, sales administrator and green team member at CLARITY-The Soap Co., added: “Sustainability is key to everything we do here at CLARITY and so I was delighted to be given the chance to work on our nomination for The Planet Mark. We are already planning a number of ways to improve our environmental credentials and I am learning more and more every day."
Steve Malkin, founder of The Planet Mark, said: “This is an outstanding commitment and CLARITY-The Soap Co. is setting the example for others to follow. We know that sustainability is good for business, but it needs organisations like CLARITY-The Soap Co. to show that we can create a safer, cleaner, better world for us, our fellow inhabitants on earth and our future generations.”