East Fork

This company is a Climate Neutral Supporting Brand. They have provided a charitable donation to support Climate Neutral's work. (This donation does not change the requirements of their verification).

Brand

East Fork

East Fork

Industry

Design + Home

First Certified

2020

Current Certification Year

2022

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Sustainability Story

East Fork is committed to addressing, ameliorating and perhaps even — in time — undoing the environmental harm caused by manufacturing our pottery, shipping our goods to customers and everything else we do in the process of operating our company. To that end, our plan is to be carbon neutral by 2025; beyond that, we'll pursue carbon negativity. Obviously, this pursuit is beyond our in-house expertise, so we have chosen to work with Climate Neutral, a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to decrease global carbon emissions by creating a trusted net-zero certification for consumer brands. We have committed to measure, offset and reduce carbon emission. Climate Neutral will help us with every step of the process. We are on track to receive the designation Climate Neutral Certified, the standard earned by companies that offset and reduce all of their greenhouse gas emission, as determined by Climate Neutral. We feel excited and proud as we announce our commitment to addressing the environmental effects caused by our business, though these feelings are appropriately tempered by the work that lies ahead. In this space, we'd like to share the steps we've taken and those still to come in an effort to inform our customers and inspire other companies that are motivated to address environmental consequences but are perhaps unsure of the first steps to take. We'd also like to share where we are right now in the process, starting with what we see as our biggest challenge. East Fork fires large industrial gas kilns every single day. Indeed, right now there is no other way to transform clay to the durable pots that we sell. Not only that, as we bring our production to a new scale in 2021, we'll have even more kilns in use. When we contemplate the environmental effects of our business, we realize that in our case, our reckoning will not be easily offset by practices we already have in place, things like using 100% recyclable shipping materials and offering professionally prepared lunches made on-site to minimize the number of people driving their cars to pick up food that likely will come in single-serving containers. In short, it's imperative we do more. We set out to know exactly what it would take to make East Fork a carbon neutral company. And beyond that, what would it take to become carbon negative. We knew we needed the expertise of a carbon management firm to help us measure our emissions, consult with us and, ideally, certify our efforts when we reached carbon neutrality. Before going any further both in our process and in this writing, we can't dismiss the specter of greenwashing, a marketing ploy that misleads the public into believing a company employs sound environment practices when it does not, or not to the degree it claims. Greenwashing sometimes isn't intentionally sinister: it can happen when a company with good intentions doesn't do its due diligence and ends up investing in a shell game-like system in which emissions still occur but get a different name amid all the self-congratulatory rhetoric: the quick fix that seems too good to be true because it is too good to be true. Is it too obvious to say that East Fork stands against greenwashing. Still, we know that with each passing day, the climate crisis worsens. We know it will take time to ensure that we find offsets that will create a financial market that will fund activities that slow or reverse climate change. And we wanted to start as soon as we could.

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What is Climate Neutrality

A state in which human activities result in no net effect on the climate system. Requires balancing of residual greenhouse gas emissions with reductions or removals. All Climate Neutral Certified brands must meet climate neutrality standards for measuring, offsetting, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from making and delivering products and services.

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East Fork achieved Climate Neutral Certification as part of 's certification process. 's measurement, offsetting and reduction plans fully account for East Fork's 2021 emissions

01 Measure

East Fork measured Scope 1, 2 and 3 cradle-to-customer emissions following categories and approaches established in the Climate Neutral standards.

GHG Scope 1 ?
GHG Protocol Scope 1

Emissions from energy used in buildings, fleets, and equipment.

389 tCO2e

GHG Scope 2 ?

581 tCO2e

GHG Scope 3 ?
GHG Protocol Scope 3

Emissions from raw materials, manufacturing, shipping, air travel, and other activities in the supply chain.

2,263 tCO2e

Total Emissions ?
Total Carbon Emissions

The sum of Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions.

3,233 tCO2e

02 Offset

East Fork invested in projects outside of their value chain to compensate for all of their measured carbon emissions. This step supports their climate neutrality designation, and enables East Fork to take responsibility for historical emissions that can’t be reduced.

Total Investment in Carbon Credits

$39,443

East Fork's credits came from:

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Avoided Deforestation ?

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Solar ?

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Reforestation ?

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Improved Forest Management ?

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Wind ?

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Biomass ?

Emissions Offset ?
Offset equivalency

For reference, reducing a footprint by 1000 tonnes is roughly equal to removing 230 passenger vehicles from the road for a year.

3,233 tCO2e

03 Reduce

East Fork has set targets and identified actions to reduce their emissions from operations and their supply chain. These actions will enable East Fork to emit fewer emissions in the future.

Mid Term Targets

East Fork has committed to reducing 2021 emissions 50% by 2030.

This target is aligned with global trajectories to limit climate warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Mid Term Targets

This target is aligned with global trajectories to limit climate warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Reduction Actions

East Fork is implementing a Reduction Action Plan to reduce emissions from within its own operations and supply chain.

Current Year Reduction Actions

01

What We’re Reducing

We plan to reduce scope 3 emissions from purchased goods by developing and implementing a sustainable purchasing policy

How We'll Reduce It

We will focus on reducing scope 3 freight-in emissions by using a consolidated, centralized requisition and purchasing system. We will also use a preferred vendor list that sets requirements on vendors to meet certain emission goals

02

What We’re Reducing

We will reduce emissions from employee commuting

How We'll Reduce It

We will incentivize EV adoption by installing charging stations at our main production facility

03

What We’re Reducing

How We'll Reduce It

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What We’re Reducing

How We'll Reduce It

In Progress Reductions

01

30%

What We’re Reducing

We plan to reduce our 2021 carbon intensiveness at our factory by 10% compared to the previous fiscal year. We measure this as the mTCO2/$1m of value produced by our facility using the scope 1 and 2 emissions for that factory.

How We'll Reduce It

We will prioritize loading high value density kilns, loss reduction initiatives, and yield rate improvements to ensure we are being as efficient as possible with the scope 1 and 2 emissions our factory is responsible for.

02

100%

What We’re Reducing

We plan to reduce emissions from purchased electricity at all our NC facilities

How We'll Reduce It

We will purchase renewable energy through our local utility

03

What We’re Reducing

How We'll Reduce It

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What We’re Reducing

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Completed Reductions

01 Measure

East Fork measured Scope 1, 2 and 3 cradle-to-customer emissions following categories and approaches established in the Climate Neutral standards.

02 Offset

East Fork invested in projects outside of their value chain to compensate for all of their measured carbon emissions. This step supports their climate neutrality designation, and enables East Fork to take responsibility for historical emissions that can’t be reduced.

03 Reduce

East Fork is implementing a Reduction Action Plan to reduce emissions from within its own operations and supply chain.