Bye, Bye Carbon: Icyblue's Journey to Climate Neutrality
Aug 04, 2023
At Icyblue, we believe that a sustainable future begins with responsible actions today. As a bottled water company, we are acutely aware of the threats posed by carbon emissions to the health of our oceans and the planet. That's why we are proud to announce that we are going carbon neutral for our entire supply chain. Our commitment to becoming the world's first certified Climate Neutral bottled water company is a testament to our dedication to the environment and the well-being of future generations.
**Carbon Emissions and Ocean Health**
Excess carbon emissions are wreaking havoc on the delicate balance of our planet. Historically, the atmosphere's carbon dioxide was absorbed by plants during photosynthesis, maintaining equilibrium. However, human activities have disrupted this balance, leading to a surplus of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. As a result, the excess carbon dissolves into bodies of water, causing ocean acidification.
Ocean acidification is a major concern as it negatively impacts marine life, particularly plankton, crustaceans, mollusks, and coral reefs. This chain reaction affects all life in the oceans, eventually impacting us as well. By taking action against carbon emissions, we are not just safeguarding the oceans but also protecting the interconnected ecosystems that support life on Earth.
**Our Path to Climate Neutrality**
Becoming a Climate Neutral certified company is not an easy task, but we are committed to doing our part to protect the environment. We have partnered with the independent non-profit organization, Climate Neutral, to guide us through this process. Their expertise ensures that we measure, reduce, and offset our carbon footprint responsibly.
**Step 1: Measure**
To understand our impact, we meticulously measure our emissions throughout the entire supply chain. This involves assessing emissions from manufacturing and production to product delivery. Our comprehensive approach allows us to identify areas where we can make the most significant reductions.
**Step 2: Reduce**
Reducing our carbon footprint is a priority for us. We are committed to implementing sustainable changes in our operations. From optimizing transportation and energy usage to sourcing eco-friendly materials, every aspect of our business undergoes scrutiny to minimize our environmental impact.
**Step 3: Offset**
While our aim is to reduce emissions as much as possible, we recognize that complete elimination is not always feasible. To compensate for the emissions we cannot eliminate, we invest in carbon offset projects. These projects not only remove carbon from the atmosphere but also contribute to other positive environmental outcomes, such as protecting wildlife habitats and water bodies.
**Step 4: Repeat**
Becoming Climate Neutral is an ongoing process. We continually assess and improve our operations to ensure that we remain carbon neutral year after year. Our commitment is not just a one-time gesture; it's a continuous journey towards a greener and more sustainable future.
**Supporting Impactful Carbon Offset Projects**
At Icyblue, we take pride in supporting internationally-recognized carbon offset projects that make a real difference. These projects align with our values and contribute to global sustainability efforts.
**Preserving the Amazon Rainforest**
By supporting the preservation of nearly 500,000 acres of Amazonian rainforest, we help protect the world's largest rainforest and the diverse wildlife it harbors. Our contribution aids in safeguarding this vital ecosystem often referred to as the "lungs of the planet."
**Converting Landfill Methane into Clean Energy**
We invest in projects that capture landfill-generated methane in Florida, a greenhouse gas 30 times more potent than CO2. These projects transform methane emissions into electricity, powering local homes and reducing the overall carbon footprint.
As we embark on this journey towards becoming the world's first certified Climate Neutral bottled water company, we invite our customers to join us in making a positive impact on our planet. Choosing Icyblue means choosing a product that not only offers the best end-of-life prospects with infinitely recyclable all-aluminum bottles and cans but also contributes to a healthier, carbon-neutral future for us all. Together, we can make a significant difference in preserving the oceans and the world we call home. Bye, Bye Carbon – Hello, Sustainable Future!