OUR NET ZERO JOURNEY SO FAR

OUR PLEDGES

sharing Hannah Turner's journey to net zero, 10 tonnes of carbon have now been sequestered by tree planting with ecologi
Tree planting

The start of the journey

Apparently setting 2030 as a goal is “bulls**t” so I am now aiming for 6 months, but this currently feels impossible. I have no idea how I/we will get there, but you have to aim high!

It was the COP26 summit in November 2021 when I listened to 2 live events and one recorded one on what small businesses can do to reduce their carbon footprint. The last one was the best and it left me feeling inspired rather than overwhelmed, and I now have a nice long list of things to write about and then action. Mostly it is business related but some crosses over into personal targets, nothing is spared!!

Scope calculations

owls being made

Energy

Jug making

Transport

 

Done

  • We work in the village where we live, so we try to walk to work as much as we can.
  • Car (we have a hybrid but are looking into switching to an EV)
  • Van, we have a leased vehicle with low emissions, but it’s diesel not electric. We will look into an electric van when the lease expires.

To Do

  • Switch to Electric Vehicle
  • Fit charging point for EV at work
  • Look into Government funded Cycle purchase scheme for staff transport (choose most green option, cycle/bus)
  • Fit solar panels to our building to generate electric for heaters, kiln etc. I am looking into possible funding for this. We don’t own the building and our lease doesn’t offer us right to renew, so I am reluctant to fit a solar array under these circumstances.
  • Transport in terms of freight and distribution (pick EV based transport for deliveries, assess all distribution and ask for change, offset what we can’t change)

 

Buildings

gardening
Jug making

Procurement

Done

  • Contacted our fulfilment warehouse to get information on all delivery companies used, and other energy use. They are doing what they can to pick the greenest options, but this is very hard to track
  • Contacted our main manufacturer in Sri Lanka about energy use, purchasing, distribution, shipping etc. We now have detailed data on their energy use and sustainability. This is a work in progress, new kilns are being purchased, but their government doesn’t have climate change at the top of their agenda. Solar would be perfect here due to their climate, but most of their kilns are gas. Biogas is an option, but needs to be on an industrial scales assisted by the government, so not happening at present.

Here is what they have done so far...

We have reduced our monthly LP Gas usage from 22,000 Kgs to 15,000 Kgs over the past 10 years using the following methods...

  • Replacing old, less efficient kilns with new ones.
  • Controlling the reject percentages in production. We have bought the average monthly % down from 25% to 15%. This reduces the amount of rework and extra pcs we need to produce.
  • Converting our product lines from high volume, low priced ceramics to low volume more difficult to make, high end ceramics.

Ceramics is an energy intensive industry and the manufacturing of our products is problematic for this reason.

Our textiles supplier is UK based and prints on organic cotton using eco friendly inks, so we feel this is the best option for the textiles at present. We don’t use any plastic packaging.

I have been gradually researching and gathering information on other products we could add to what we create and sell that could be part of a circular economy and have low carbon production methods. So far printmaking, using wooden production of alternate products and potentially jewellery are top of my list. These all take time to develop new products, but sketches are being done!

To Do

  • Contact the textiles company about how they ship their goods
  • Research an alternative shipping company from Sri Lanka that is doing what it can to reduce its carbon
  • Find a delivery company that delivers from the port to our warehouse using the best methods.

Waste

gardening
Jug making

To Summarise...

Hannah hasn't visited Sri Lanka for 3 years now, and the business has signed-up to Ecologi tree planting to offset some of the carbon emissions generated, in addition to researching other sustainable products to add to the range on offer, and continuing to check and assess all areas in the supply chain. This is critical to the direction the business will go in in the next few years, as we care deeply about our planet.

We hope that you appreciate that everything we produce is intended to be a collectable and cherished purchase, and we are not buying into throw-away consumerism, but trying to create designs of quality on a small scale. The attention to detail that goes into every aspect of what we create is part of why we are not the cheapest on the market, we don’t want to be cheap bulk buys, but offer British design created to last and pass on through the generations.

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