At Stylecraft we endeavour to work only with manufacturers who meet Australian and European environmental standards with a commitment to ecological sustainability.
Please view our GECA Certified Product section for more information on our sustainable products.
We calculate our carbon footprint annually in accordance with the World Resources Institute’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol and ISO 14064-1, which are internationally recognised standards for greenhouse gas accounting and reporting. Additionally, we are committed to neutralising our calculated carbon emissions and taking action on climate change by purchasing high-quality carbon credits through Climate Friendly™.
Our purchase of these credits support native forest protection projects in Tasmania, which is essentially bringing our calculated carbon footprint down to zero.
What does it all mean?
The carbon credits Climate Friendly™ purchase on our behalf are sourced exclusively from high quality emission reduction projects accredited under the most robust and widely recognised international standards: the Gold Standard and the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).
These standards ensure that the projects are real, are ‘additional’ to business-as-usual (would not have happened in the absence of carbon finance) and have not created negative social or environmental impacts. They also ensure that the emissions reductions have been accurately quantified, are permanent and have been associated with unique traceable credits.
What are our credits being spent on?
Carbon credits are typically earned by projects which use renewable energy sources – such as wind, solar, hydro or renewable biomass – instead of fossil fuels, to generate electricity and/or heat. Other common types of project include using energy-efficient technologies to reduce fuel consumption, capturing methane from household or agricultural waste and using it for energy, and preventing deforestation.
So by purchasing carbon credits, Stylecraft is effectively supporting the development of technologies that provide long term solutions to climate change, and helping to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future.
By supporting the Tasmanian Native Forest Protection Project, Stylecraft has directly impacted the protection of large tracts of privately owned land in the Tasmanian Central Highlands. This land is degraded native forest which has been logged in the past and – in the absence of carbon revenue – would continue to be either logged or cleared for agriculture in the future. In addition to their climate change benefits, the projects help to protect and restore Tasmania’s valuable native forests, which provide a habitat for a number of endangered species including the wedge-tailed eagle, spotted quoll and the iconic Tasmanian devil. They have also created new employment opportunities in the forestry sector, and ecotourism opportunities through the enhancement of the landscape. Furthermore, the projects have provided income diversification and stabilisation for local landowners, thereby enabling them to set the land aside for conservation purposes only, and manage it in a way that encourages natural regeneration of the forest. In addition, landholders are keen to raise awareness of their efforts to protect this unique forest landscape by facilitating visits to the area to see first-hand the benefits these projects bring.
How can you help stop climate change?
We probably can't stop climate change, but one way to slow it is to reduce our carbon emissions - turning off appliances, cycling or walking more, using less power. But if we go one step further, and offset our emissions by purchasing carbon credits from robust emission reduction projects, we can help balance out the higher cost of renewable energy production and sustainable resource use, making these projects cost-effective.
This is the embodiment of the Climate Friendly™ philosophy: Reduce, Renew and Neutralise.