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We have successfully achieved carbon neutrality for 2020! We have done this by calculating our production and operational carbon emission footprint through assessing the climate impact of all our products including our cashmere, cotton, linen, & wool supply chains.

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

Scottish Cashmere
Cotton
Linen
Wool

So, what are we doing about our carbon footprint?

We are investing in Net Zero strategies to reduce our overall carbon emissions (both absolute and intensity) going forward, as well as offsetting all our residual emissions for 2020 onwards. We chose to buy ‘carbon credits’ and use them to invest in a variety of projects that align most closely with the geography of our production line and our activities within that supply chain. For example, our cashmere is all woven, spun, dyed, and knitted in Scotland but the raw wool comes from goats in Mongolia so two of the projects we are financially supporting are a reforestation project in Scotland and a Grassland Conservation project in Mongolia. We wanted to invest in projects worldwide as Climate Change is obviously a global issue and Brora is obviously a global company, with customers and supply chains all around the world. Emissions have a global impact, Greenhouse gasses are produced and absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere which is all-encompassing.

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As we are a UK founded business with our key mills in Scotland and Northern England, we have chosen to invest in reforestation projects in Scotland. These carbon credits cannot be bought for carbon neutrality as although tree planting is a brilliant initiative, long term it is not a viable way to offset carbon emissions immediately. Trees only reach their peak time to absorb CO2 when they’re between 15 and 30 years of age and naturally we don’t want to have to wait that long to offset our emissions. Therefore, they are not able to be validated and converted to Woodland Carbon Units (WCUs) at present. However, we have purchased these credits in advance to show our support for UK climate positive projects as an added bonus to the other projects which contribute to our carbon neutrality now.

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Project type:
Afforestation/reforestation

Country: UK

All UK forestry carbon credits are managed through the Woodland Carbon Code. The code offers consistency and a world-class standard for UK forestry as a nature-based solution to climate change. This high standard in turn gives clarity and confidence to customers when purchasing woodland carbon credits.

Project description:
A reforestation project based in rural Scotland. There are two key UN Sustainable Development Goals associated with this project. The first is social as it increases employment opportunities and protection of areas of community education and recreation, the second is environmental - biodiversity conservation, water quality protection & reduced soil erosion.

There is a stable property rights regime, strong regulatory environment and ongoing monitoring reduces risk associated with forestry offsets.

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Since we have a store in New York and a significant number of our customers come from North America, we wanted to explore which suitable projects were based there. Due to the vast expanses of land in the States, which are being converted for intensive agricultural practices, we have invested in an incredibly effective project that avoids grassland conversion.

Project type:
Avoided Grassland Conversion

Country: USA

Project description:
This project protects over 14,000 acres of native grasslands across the Great Plains. Millions of tonnes of CO2 are stored in plants and in the soil. By protecting this land from conversion to cropping, a rich ecological habitat is maintained.

The UN Sustainable Development Co-Benefits associated with this project come in two forms; the first is economic, with more sustainable and generally improved farming practices being implemented. The second is environmental, with reduced erosion and top soil quality ensured as well as protection of downstream watersheds.

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Our beautiful cashmere originates from the goats that roam the Mongolian grasslands. It is vital for the livelihood and longevity of the Mongolian herders that the grassland is not overused and undernourished. We want to show our commitment to the regeneration of the Mongolian grasslands by investing in this highly regarded offset project.

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Project type:
Grassland Conservation

Country: Mongolia

Project description:

This project develops and implements new approaches to restore degraded grasslands in rural Mongolia.

The UN Sustainable Development Co-Benefits for this project are social and environmental. Socially the project builds the capacity for nomadic headers in the vicinity and they will be benefited with reduced poverty; environmentally the project helps climate action and improves water quality.

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We have one or two key suppliers in India who for example make some of our intricate, hand embroidered designs, however, one of the largest outputs of the textile industry is solid waste. It is our responsibility to invest in projects that reduce methane emissions associated with the fashion industry.

Project type:
Solid waste to energy

Country: India

Project description:
This project processes solid waste to generate clean, renewable energy while reducing methane emissions and increasing the recovery of metals and other recyclable materials.

The UN Sustainable Development Co-Benefits associated with this project are social, environmental and economic. Socially the project improves sanitation through hygienic waste management and boosts employment opportunities from recyclable materials; economically the project is beneficial as it provides uninterrupted electricity generation and the environment is benefitted through the avoidance of methane emissions.

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We have successfully achieved carbon neutrality for 2020! We have done this by calculating our production and operational carbon emission footprint through assessing the climate impact of all our products including our cashmere, cotton, linen, & wool supply chains.

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

Scottish Cashmere
Cotton
Linen
Wool

So, what are we doing about our carbon footprint?

We are investing in Net Zero strategies to reduce our overall carbon emissions (both absolute and intensity) going forward, as well as offsetting all our residual emissions for 2020 onwards. We chose to buy ‘carbon credits’ and use them to invest in a variety of projects that align most closely with the geography of our production line and our activities within that supply chain. For example, our cashmere is all woven, spun, dyed, and knitted in Scotland but the raw wool comes from goats in Mongolia, so two of the projects we are financially supporting are a reforestation project in Scotland and a Grassland Conservation project in Mongolia. We wanted to invest in projects worldwide as Climate Change is obviously a global issue and Brora is obviously a global company, with customers and supply chains all around the world. Emissions have a global impact, Greenhouse gasses are produced and absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere which is all-encompassing.

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As we are a UK founded business with our key mills in Scotland and Northern England, we have chosen to invest in reforestation projects in Scotland. These carbon credits cannot be bought for carbon neutrality as although tree planting is a brilliant initiative, long term it is not a viable way to offset carbon emissions immediately. Trees only reach their peak time to absorb CO2 when they’re between 15 and 30 years of age and naturally we don’t want to have to wait that long to offset our emissions. Therefore, they are not able to be validated and converted to Woodland Carbon Units (WCUs) at present. However, we have purchased these credits in advance to show our support for UK climate positive projects as an added bonus to the other projects which contribute to our carbon neutrality now.

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Project type:
Afforestation/reforestation

Country: UK

All UK forestry carbon credits are managed through the Woodland Carbon Code. The code offers consistency and a world-class standard for UK forestry as a nature-based solution to climate change. This high standard in turn gives clarity and confidence to customers when purchasing woodland carbon credits.

Project description:
A reforestation project based in rural Scotland. There are two key UN Sustainable Development Goals associated with this project. The first is social as it increases employment opportunities and protection of areas of community education and recreation, the second is environmental - biodiversity conservation, water quality protection & reduced soil erosion.
There is a stable property rights regime, strong regulatory environment and ongoing monitoring reduces risk associated with forestry offsets.

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Since we have a store in New York and a significant number of our customers come from North America, we wanted to explore which suitable projects were based there. Due to the vast expanses of land in the States, which are being converted for intensive agricultural practices, we have invested in an incredibly effective project that avoids grassland conversion.

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Project type:
Avoided Grassland Converion

Country: USA

Project description:
This project protects over 14,000 acres of native grasslands across the Great Plains. Millions of tonnes of CO2 are stored in plants and in the soil. By protecting this land from conversion to cropping, a rich ecological habitat is maintained.

The UN Sustainable Development Co-Benefits associated with this project come in two forms; the first is economic, with more sustainable and generally improved farming practices being implemented. The second is environmental, with reduced erosion and top soil quality ensured as well as protection of downstream watersheds.

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Our beautiful cashmere originates from the goats that roam the Mongolian grasslands. It is vital for the livelihood and longevity of the Mongolian herders that the grassland is not overused and undernourished. We want to show our commitment to the regeneration of the Mongolian grasslands by investing in this highly regarded offset project.

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Project type:
Grassland Conservation

Country: Mongolia

Project description:
This project develops and implements new approaches to restore degraded grasslands in rural Mongolia.

The UN Sustainable Development Co-Benefits for this project are social and environmental. Socially the project builds the capacity for nomadic headers in the vicinity and they will be benefited with reduced poverty; environmentally the project helps climate action and improves water quality.

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We have one or two key suppliers in India who for example make some of our intricate, hand embroidered designs, however, one of the largest outputs of the textile industry is solid waste. It is our responsibility to invest in projects that reduce methane emissions associated with the fashion industry.

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Project type:
Solid waste to energy

Country: India

Project description:
This project processes solid waste to generate clean, renewable energy while reducing methane emissions and increasing the recovery of metals and other recyclable materials.

The UN Sustainable Development Co-Benefits associated with this project are social, environmental and economic. Socially the project improves sanitation through hygienic waste management and boosts employment opportunities from recyclable materials; economically the project is beneficial as it provides uninterrupted electricity generation and the environment is benefitted through the avoidance of methane emissions.