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WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT BRORA IS CARBON NEUTRAL FOR 2020!

WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT BRORA IS CARBON NEUTRAL FOR 2020!

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We are committed to making the best possible quality clothes and delivering them to our customers worldwide, however, we do NOT want to have a negative impact on our planet. Brora has always been focused on ethical design and production, but we are learning from climate science to ensure we are taking full accountability for our entire supply chain, energy output and packaging, indeed all areas of the business that affect our carbon footprint. Thus, we can make sure we’re reducing our emissions everywhere possible and becoming carbon neutral by investing in key initiatives to support efforts against climate change.

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To achieve carbon neutrality, we first had to calculate Brora’s entire carbon footprint associated with our operations and products, from the farmers and shepherds at the beginning of our supply chains through to the use and end-of-life phases when our garments have been worn and loved by our customers for a lifetime. We have worked with BeZero Carbon to calculate our emissions for Scope 1, 2 and Scope 3. Most companies, when they talk about their ‘carbon footprint’ don’t factor in their production line (Scope 3), mainly because they neglect what’s going on there, or because it will significantly increase their overall total emissions. At Brora, we know that transparency is key to accountability and that is why, with the help of BeZero Carbon and the GHG Protocol Standards, we have conducted a full assessment of our CO2e emissions, including all the indirect emissions from all our suppliers worldwide.

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Because we work mainly with Scottish cashmere, organic cotton, wool, and linen, Brora already has strong sustainability credentials as these are ethically produced natural fibres. In 2020 we decided we wanted to go further with our carbon solutions and paired up with BeZero Carbon, who helped us identify and quantify the negative impact we have on the environment and reduce it to zero through smart decarbonisation.

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Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources, e.g company cars & heating

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Indirect emissions, e.g. electricity

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All other indirect emissions that occur in a company's value chain

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To run a modern fashion brand, there are always going to be aspects and activities that emit carbon emissions. Firstly, we source our raw materials and fabrics from across the globe and secondly, although much of our clothing is made locally some of our specialists are further afield. We employ a head office team and shop staff which includes operational emissions from employees commuting, water and electricity use and heating of our premises. Then there are of course the emissions caused by the customer-use phase.

Top sources of emissions:

(1) Materials & pre-processing

(2) Product use phase

(3) Brora company emissions

(4) Production

(5) Distribution and storage

(6) End-of-life

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A Life Cycle Assessment addresses the environmental aspects and impacts throughout the consecutive and interlinked stages of a product’s life from raw material acquisition through to final disposal. We carried out a GHG Emissions Life Cycle Assessment following the GHG Protocol’s Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard and used a cradle-to-grave approach for our four key materials.

Find out more about our materials and how we intend to maintain sustainable supply chains.

Scottish Cashmere
Cotton
Linen
Wool

So how do we do better?

With the help of the BeZero Carbon team we re-evaluated our business to examine Brora’s wider climate impact, through our supply chain, operations and what happens to our clothes after you buy them. We have also measured the climate impact of every item of our clothing so we can identify areas for improvement. So, now that we understand our carbon emissions, we must first reduce them where possible and offset the rest so that our global impact is Net Zero and we are carbon neutral.

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How are we carbon neutral?

We have reduced our carbon emissions where we can; optimising our shipping, examining our energy consumption, and redesigning all our packaging to reduce plastic waste. We have made changes to the fabrics we use where necessary, for example switching from regular cotton to organic cotton to make our lovely white embroidered shirts, pyjamas, and cotton clothing. We will conduct a new assessment with BeZero Carbon every year to measure our emission reductions and see where we can improve further and systematically reduce our impact.

How do we offset our emissions?

We are now investing in a variety of climate-positive projects which we wholeheartedly believe are environmentally beneficial and which neutralise our carbon emissions through carbon sequestration. We chose to invest in projects that align most closely with our activities, for example in dealing with soil carbon and textile waste. We believe in putting back where we are taking out, so after much consideration, we have chosen four projects, based in the UK, India, the USA and Mongolia. For example, our cashmere is all woven, spun, dyed, and knitted in Scotland but the raw fibre comes from goats in Mongolia; one of the projects we are financially supporting is a Grassland Conservation project in Mongolia. However, we have also invested in a reforestation project in Scotland, even though it will take between fifteen and thirty years for us to benefit from these newly planted trees and offset any of our carbon emissions through this scheme. We wanted to invest in projects worldwide as Brora is obviously a global company and Climate Change is obviously a global issue. Emissions have a global impact, greenhouse gasses are produced and absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere which is all-encompassing.

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Every year we pledge to remain an environmentally sustainable brand by working with BeZero Carbon to reduce and offset our carbon emissions, ensuring Brora is fully carbon neutral.

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Founder & Creative Director Victoria with Tommy Ricketts, CEO of BeZero Carbon
www.bezerocarbon.com

 

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We are committed to making the best possible quality clothes and delivering them to our customers worldwide, however, we do NOT want to have a negative impact on our planet. Brora has always been focused on ethical design and production, but we are learning from climate science to ensure we are taking full accountability for our entire supply chain, energy output and packaging, indeed all areas of the business that affect our carbon footprint. Thus, we can make sure we’re reducing our emissions everywhere possible and becoming carbon neutral by investing in key initiatives to support efforts against climate change.

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“We use the GHG Protocol methodology and believe companies should be responsible for all direct & indirect emissions”

Elena Aguirre Martin, BeZero Carbon

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To achieve carbon neutrality, we first had to calculate Brora’s entire carbon footprint associated with our operations and products, from the farmers and shepherds at the beginning of our supply chains through to the use and end-of-life phases when our garments have been worn and loved by our customers for a lifetime. We have worked with BeZero Carbon to calculate our emissions for Scope 1, 2 and Scope 3. Most companies, when they talk about their ‘carbon footprint’ don’t factor in their production line (Scope 3), mainly because they neglect what’s going on there, or because it will significantly increase their overall total emissions. At Brora, we know that transparency is key to accountability and that is why, with the help of BeZero and the GHG Protocol Standards, we have conducted a full assessment of our CO2e emissions, including all the indirect emissions from all our suppliers worldwide.

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Because we work mainly with Scottish cashmere, organic cotton, wool, and linen, Brora already has strong sustainability credentials as these are ethically produced natural fibres. In 2020 we decided we wanted to go further with our carbon solutions and paired up with BeZero Carbon, who helped us identify and quantify the negative impact we have on the environment and reduce it to zero through smart decarbonisation.

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Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources, e.g. company cars & heating

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Indirect emissions, e.g. electricity

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All other indirect emissions that occur in a company's value chain.

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“A carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gas emissions caused by an individual, event, organisation, service, place or product, expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent.”
Bezero Carbon

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To run a modern fashion brand, there are always going to be aspects and activities that emit carbon emissions. Firstly, we source our raw materials and fabrics from across the globe and secondly, although much of our clothing is made locally some of our specialists are further afield. We employ a head office team and shop staff which includes operational emissions from employees commuting, water and electricity use and heating of our premises. Then there are of course the emissions caused by the customer-use phase.

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Top sources of emissions:

(1) Materials & pre-processing

(2) Product use phase

(3) Brora company emissions

(4) Production

(5) Distribution and storage

(6) End-of-life

A Life Cycle Assessment addresses the environmental aspects and impacts throughout the consecutive and interlinked stages of a product’s life from raw material acquisition through to final disposal. We carried out a GHG Emissions Life Cycle Assessment following the GHG Protocol’s Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard and used a cradle-to-grave approach for our four key materials.

Find out more about our materials and how we intend to maintain sustainable supply chains.

Scottish Cashmere
Cotton
Linen
Wool

So how do we do better?

 

With the help of the BeZero Carbon team we re-evaluated our business to examine Brora’s wider climate impact, through our supply chain, operations and what happens to our clothes after you buy them. We have also measured the climate impact of every item of our clothing so we can identify areas for improvement. So, now that we understand our carbon emissions, we must first reduce them where possible and offset the rest so that our global impact is Net Zero and we are carbon neutral.

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How are we carbon neutral?

 

We have reduced our carbon emissions where we can; optimising our shipping, examining our energy consumption, and redesigning all our packaging to reduce plastic waste. We have made changes to the fabrics we use where necessary, for example switching from regular cotton to organic cotton to make our lovely white embroidered shirts, pyjamas, and cotton clothing. We will conduct a new assessment with BeZero Carbon every year to measure our emission reductions and see where we can improve further and systematically reduce our impact.

How do we offset our emissions?

We are now investing in a variety of climate-positive projects which we wholeheartedly believe are environmentally beneficial and which neutralise our carbon emissions through carbon sequestration. We chose to invest in projects that align most closely with our activities, for example in dealing with soil carbon and textile waste. We believe in putting back where we are taking out, so after much consideration, we have chosen four projects, based in the UK, India, the USA and Mongolia. For example, our cashmere is all woven, spun, dyed, and knitted in Scotland but the raw fibre comes from goats in Mongolia; one of the projects we are financially supporting is a Grassland Conservation project in Mongolia. However, we have also invested in a reforestation project in Scotland, even though it will take between fifteen and thirty years for us to benefit from these newly planted trees and offset any of our carbon emissions through this scheme. We wanted to invest in projects worldwide as Brora is obviously a global company and Climate Change is obviously a global issue. Emissions have a global impact, greenhouse gasses are produced and absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere which is all-encompassing.

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Every year we pledge to remain an environmentally sustainable brand by working with BeZero Carbon to reduce and offset our carbon emissions, ensuring Brora is fully carbon neutral.

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Victoria Stapleton, Founder & Creative Director with Tommy Ricketts, CEO of BeZero Carbon

www.bezerocarbon.com