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FIVE is now carbon neutral. Huuuraaa!

Sustainability is important to us and hardly any issue is more urgent than saving CO 2 emissions. FIVE has been trying for years to keep emissions low by using vegan ingredients and avoiding unnecessary packaging. Now the remaining CO 2 emissions are also compensated. We supported certified projects in Ghana and Rwanda, which also benefits the people, especially women, in both countries.

Five Skincare is climate neutral! | Five Skincare

FIVE for Future

Every person, whether consumer, politician or entrepreneur, has an ecological responsibility for our future. Yes, you have responsibilities too, but that's not what today is about (phew!). So you can safely continue reading. We at FIVE try to do our part by...

  • If possible, use organic raw materials that have been proven to produce around 30 percent fewer CO 2 emissions,
  • Avoid additional folding boxes - the things that usually end up in the waste paper after just 2 minutes,
  • Only use vegan ingredients , as livestock farming causes 15 percent of all greenhouse gases. Buuuhhh!

🌍 And from now on we will also be able to compensate for the remaining greenhouse gas CO 2 generated by our company and production. This means: We are 100 percent climate neutral!

Since you are interested in natural cosmetics, sustainability is certainly very important to you. You are probably also aware that CO 2 and other greenhouse gases pose a major problem for the climate on our planet.

As a global population, we currently produce around 40 gigatons of CO 2 per year . But what does that mean?

Let's assume you have a new smartphone and you diligently take photos and videos every day and therefore need 40 gigatons of storage space per year. Then you should now ask yourself: How much storage space does my smartphone have?

For comparison, the total CO 2 budget that Mother Earth still has to avoid getting into uncontrolled climate change with such great things as the melting of the polar ice caps and an unstoppable rise in temperature from year to year is around 400 to 600 gigatons .

This is our “storage space” – but unfortunately we can’t order a new smartphone this time (crap!). In other words, the Earth has a maximum of 10 to 15 years left at current CO 2 emissions if things continue as they are . But it doesn't have to be! And that's why we now have to massively reduce all greenhouse gases. We have to do something NOW!

OK, but what does climate neutral actually mean?

Of course, operating FIVE and manufacturing our products releases CO2 , even though natural cosmetics are less harmful to the climate than conventional cosmetics.

We cannot currently prevent certain CO 2 emissions because this would require a complete energy transition. The energy would have to come from 100 percent renewable sources, such as wind and sun, for all areas. In addition, more efficient energy storage would be needed and all orders would have to be delivered by bike or electric car.

It actually sounds pretty good. And although we are 100 percent in favor of such a development, unfortunately we cannot implement it alone. That's why we're doing what we can currently do as a small company - even if it costs us money: offset CO 2 ! And we would like to see many larger companies follow the trend soon.

But how does CO 2 compensation work, or is it just “greenwashing”?

Nope! For the global climate, it is not important where CO 2 is released. It therefore makes sense to save CO 2 where it is easiest: you financially support projects that demonstrably save CO 2 emissions.

Our CO 2 emissions are calculated by a neutral body (ClimatePartner) and we pay an amount that saves the same amount of CO 2 somewhere else in the world . The bottom line is that no additional CO 2 is released into our overloaded atmosphere. Hence the term “climate neutral”.

Of course, we continue to try to keep waste and CO 2 emissions as low as possible . And precisely because we are now voluntarily paying for every gram of CO 2 that we emit, we of course also have an economic interest in keeping our CO 2 footprint as low as possible. It's as if you now have to put a few cents in a cash box for every photo you take with your cell phone.

What do stoves have to do with climate change?

We first decided on a certified climate project that helps the local people in Ghana, where some of our shea butter for the FIVE Shea Cream comes from. Unfortunately, many families in Ghana still cook on open fires. That might sound romantic to us, but it's very unhealthy in closed rooms.

In addition, open fireplaces and inefficient old stoves – so-called coal pots – are very poor in terms of energy consumption and therefore have a poor CO 2 emissions balance .

The solution: Better cooking stoves that are manufactured locally and can store significantly more heat thanks to ceramic cladding. The project demonstrably reduces CO 2 , creates jobs and protects the health of families, especially women, in Ghana.

Climate protection project in Ghana | Five Skincare

The ceramic inserts are made locally by hand

Compensation for CO2 emissions through the “Clean Cooking Stoves” project in Ghana | Five Skincare

Finished ceramic inserts before they are installed in the cooking ovens

Update May 2021:
The project in Ghana has now been successfully completed . From May 2021, we will therefore be supporting the clean cooking stoves project in Nyungwe, Rwanda.

Clean cooking stoves for Rwanda

The Nyungwe Forest National Park in southwest Rwanda is one of the largest mountain rainforests in Africa and offers a wide variety of animal and plant species. However, the area around the park is densely populated. The population is growing, more and more firewood is needed and the unique ecosystem is threatened.

Populated area near Nyungwe Forest National Park in southwest Rwanda | Five Skincare

Populated area near Nyungwe Forest National Park in southwest Rwanda

The climate protection project enables families to reduce wood consumption . Traditionally, cooking is done over an open fire. The enormous smoke pollution is not only harmful to health, but inefficient and requires a lot of firewood from the forest. The cooking stoves made from local sand and clay introduced by the climate protection project are manufactured in a local cooperative and use two- thirds less fuel .

Rwanda: Making the cooking stoves from clay and sand | Five Skincare

The Canarumwe model is made by a local cooperative

Climate protection The ovens are offered at a low cost, making them affordable even for low-income households

When you shop with us, you indirectly support this project in Rwanda and help reduce CO 2 emissions. So in the end it's about you. 😉

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