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Planet Mark CLARITY

CLARITY-The Soap Co, the social enterprise that creates employment for blind and disabled people, has been awarded The Planet Mark for demonstrating its commitment to carbon emissions reduction.

The Planet Mark is an internationally-recognised and trusted sustainability certification programme recognising commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability. It partners with the Eden Project in Cornwall to put climate change and the environment at the top of the business agenda.

Certification was awarded based on CLARITY’s commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 5% over the next 12 months. The social enterprise demonstrated that plans are in place to reduce emissions across the organisation.

The carbon footprint of the company was 96.6 tCO2e last year based on the energy, water and waste associated with our business operations across four sites in the UK.

Employees have created a Green Team to find ways to make savings and hit sustainability targets. The manufacturing process will be streamlined to encourage efficiency and reduced wastage whilst efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle cardboard and other outer packaging will increase.

 

Packaging

For new product ranges, recycled and recyclable materials will be used for the packaging to minimise the amount of carbon emissions created.

CLARITY is also investigating the installation of solar panels on the roof of the factory to allow for the incorporation of renewable energy into the organisation’s energy supply, reducing emissions and promoting sustainability.

 

What is the product?

The news follows the recent launch of the CLARITYeco range and eco-foaming hand wash that is made with 100% eco certified ingredients and is biodegradable. The foaming technology makes the hand wash up to five times as efficient as liquid alternatives and requires approximately 10% less water, according to studies.

Camilla Marcus-Dew, Head of Commercial and a Green Team member said: “We have bold ambitions to not only support our blind and disabled staff but in a way that also promotes the protection of the environment."

Steve Malkin, Founder of The Planet Mark said: “This is an outstanding commitment and is setting the example for others to follow.  We know that sustainability is good for business, but it needs organisations like CLARITY-The Soap Co. to show that we can create a safer, cleaner, better world for us, our fellow inhabitants on earth and our future generations.”

Picture: Some of the CLARITY team and Steve Malkin (bottom left)

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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