Spilt Milk is Carbon Neutral! 🌏
Unfortunately, this message is complicated. It does not lend itself to jokes or clickbait. It also requires people to think and learn. There are no shortcuts or simple rating tools that can explain the nuance of these projects and how they are used by corporations and individuals to lead the fight to save our planet. Indeed, if it were easy, we would not be in the mess we are in.
The good news? The thinking and learning required is worth it. We still have a chance to get ourselves out of this mess."
- Tradewater COO and Co-Founder Gabe Plotkin
- Cooking and baking with local ingredients sourced from small, independent farms
- Expanding our recycling capacity - we have doubled our recycling capacity since 2019!
- Researching & implementing compostable or biodegradable single-use products when we can, such as paper straws, sip lids, only giving out silverware on request, etc.
- Participating in local initiatives such as the Oak Park Single Use Bag Initiative & Single Use Plastics Initiative
Spilt Milk believes that climate change is a significant, urgent problem ... and we want to make sure that we are doing our part to be responsible stewards of the planet. We also believe that addressing climate change will require everyone to find ways to reduce and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. This requires our urgent attention if we are to mitigate catastrophic climate change.
What is a carbon footprint?
What is a carbon offset credit?
How does the program that Spilt Milk is participating in work?
First, Spilt Milk uses Tradewater’s carbon footprint calculator to quantify the carbon emissions that our business creates on an annual basis. The calculator takes into consideration everything from the ingredients we cook with, to the packaging supplies we use, to the companies we contract with for services, to the electricity and gas we consume, to the distance our employees commute to and from work, and more.
After we calculate the carbon emissions Spilt Milk creates every year, we purchase Tradewater’s carbon offset credits in an amount that balances out our emissions for the year. **We will also be working to reduce our overall carbon footprint and measuring our progress on a quarterly and annual basis going forward.
The carbon offset credits that we purchase through Tradewater are developed through greenhouse gas destruction projects executed by Tradewater’s global teams. These projects find and destroy the globe’s most potent greenhouse gases, preventing them from leaking into our atmosphere.
How exactly does Tradewater reduce carbon emissions?
Though these harmful refrigerants are banned from production, there was no plan created to manage or destroy quantities already produced. It is estimated that existing supplies of some of the oldest refrigerants are equivalent to 9 billion tons of carbon dioxide. If these refrigerants are not located, collected, and properly destroyed, they will leak into our atmosphere.
You can read Tradewater’s latest white paper about why these refrigerant destruction projects lead to the development of high-quality offsets.
What does this mean for me?
Any purchases you make at Spilt Milk now connect our customers and employees to a global community of individuals and businesses working to fight climate change! When you make a purchase from a carbon neutral business like Spilt Milk, you are making a choice to spend your dollars at a business that shares your values about climate change.
We also invite you to help spread the word about our environmental commitment to your friends and family, as well as others in the community. If you would like to learn more about Tradewater's program, or even calculate your own household's carbon footprint and/or purchase credits to offset your impact - you can do so on Tradewater's website.
If you have any questions or feedback about this initiative, please reach out to our team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for supporting local and helping make it possible for us to build a business that takes good care of its employees, community, and now - the environment!