Sustainability is important to us and hardly any issue is more pressing than saving CO2 emissions. FIVE has been striving for years to keep emissions low by using vegan ingredients and avoiding unnecessary packaging. Now we are also offsetting the remaining CO2 emissions. We support certified projects in Ghana and Rwanda, which also benefits the people, especially the women, in both countries.

Five Skincare ist klimaneutral! | Five Skincare

FIVE for Future

Every human being, no matter if consumer, politician or entrepreneur has an ecological responsibility for our future. Yes, you have a responsibility too, but that's not what we're talking about today (phew!). So you can safely read on. We at FIVE try to make our contribution by ...

  • using organic raw materials whenever possible, which have been proven to produce around 30 percent less CO2 emissions ,
  • avoiding additional folding boxes – the things that usually end up in the waste paper after only 2 minutes,
  • use only vegan ingredients, since livestock cause 15 percent of all greenhouse gases. Boo-hoo!

🌍 And from now on also compensate the remaining climate gas CO2 produced by our company and production. Means: We are 100 percent carbon neutral!

Since you're into natural cosmetics, I'm sure sustainability is very close to your heart. You are probably also aware that CO2 and other greenhouse gases are a major problem for the climate on our planet.

Currently, we as the global population produce about 40 gigatons of CO2 per year. But what does that mean?

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

For comparison, the total CO2 budget left for Mother Earth to avoid getting into an uncontrolled climate change with such great things as the melting of the polar ice caps and an unstoppable temperature increase from year to year is about 400 to 600 gigatons.

That's our "storage space" – except, unfortunately, we can't order a new smartphone this time (bummer!). In other words, the Earth has a maximum of 10 to 15 years left at current CO2 emissions if things continue as they are. But it doesn't have to! And that's why we need to massively reduce all climate gases now. We have to do something NOW!

OK, but what does carbon neutral even mean?

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

We cannot prevent certain CO2 emissions at the moment, as this would require a complete energy turnaround. The energy would have to come 100 percent from renewable sources, such as wind and sun for all areas. It would also require more efficient energy storage and all orders would have to be delivered by bicycle or electric car.

Sounds pretty good, actually. And although we are 100% in favour of such a development, unfortunately we cannot implement it on our own. Therefore we do what we can do at the moment as a small company - even if it costs us money: Offset CO2 ! And we would like to see many larger companies follow this trend soon.

But how does CO2 offsetting work, or is it just "greenwashing"?

Nope! For the global climate, it doesn't matter where CO2 is released. Therefore, it makes sense to save CO2 where it is easiest: You support projects financially that demonstrably reduce CO2 emissions.

Our CO2 emissions are calculated by a neutral party (ClimatePartner) and we pay an amount that saves the same amount of CO2 somewhere else in the world. The bottom line is that no additional CO2 enters our overburdened atmosphere. Hence the term "climate neutral".
Of course, we continue to try to keep waste and CO2 emissions as low as possible. And just because from now on we voluntarily pay for every gram of CO2 we emit, we of course also have an economic interest in keeping our CO2 balance as low as possible. It's as if you had to pay a few centimes into a piggy bank for every photo you take with your mobile phone.

What do cooking stoves have to do with climate change?

The first thing we decided on was a certified climate project that helps the local people in Ghana, where some of our shea butter for FIVE Shea Cream comes from. In Ghana, unfortunately, many families still cook on an open fire. This may sound romantic to us, but it is very unhealthy to do so indoors.

In addition, open fires and inefficient old stoves - so-called coal pots - are very poor in terms of energy consumption and therefore have a lousy CO2 emissions balance.

The solution: better cooking stoves that are manufactured locally and can store much more heat thanks to ceramic cladding. The project is proven to reduce CO2, create jobs and protect the health of families, especially women, in Ghana.

Klimaschutzprojekt in Ghana | Five Skincare

The ceramic inserts are handmade locally

Kompensation der CO2-Emissionen durch das Projekt «Saubere Kochöfen» in Ghana | Five Skincare

Finished ceramic inserts before they are installed in the cooking stoves

Update May 2021:
In the meantime, the project in Ghana could be successfully completed. From May 2021 we will therefore support the project for clean cooking stoves in Nyungwe, Rwanda.

Clean cooking stoves for Rwanda

Nyungwe Forest National Park in southwestern Rwanda is one of the largest mountain rainforests in Africa and offers a great diversity 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 thus the unique ecosystem is threatened.
 

Besiedeltes Gebiet beim Nyungwe Forest Nationalpark im Südwesten Ruandas | Five Skincare

Settled area near Nyungwe Forest National Park in the southwest of Rwanda

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

Ruanda: Herstellung der Kochöfen aus Lehm und Sand | Five Skincare

The Canarumwe model is produced by a local cooperative

Klimaschutz

The stoves are offered at a low cost, making them affordable to low-income households

When you buy from us, you are indirectly supporting this project in Rwanda and helping to reduce CO2 emissions. So in the end it's all about you. 😉