Sustainability & Carbon Neutrality Program
Rain Organica's Sustainability Practices
As a sustainable skincare company, Rain Organica seeks ethically sourced ingredients to ensure a living wage for farmers and harvesters and also to ensure we are sustainably sourcing our skincare ingredients.
On our ingredients page, you'll find terms like EcoCert, Fair Trade, and sourced from a Carbon Zero supplier.
Ingredients are just the first step in skincare product creation.
Once those ingredients start their journey to our workshop, we start tracking carbon emissions involved in the production process. We seek to minimize our carbon footprint wherever we can, and where we cannot, we purchase carbon offsets to neutralize that footprint.
I thought I'd take a few minutes to describe how we're calculating Rain Organica's carbon emissions (and how we're offsetting those emissions).
Steps in the Product Creation Process
Every product delivered to your doorstep has its own life story.
The product's story has some common threads or steps (kind of like each and every one of us has common stories - unique to each and every one of us - our birth, our first word, our school years, how we landed our first job, how we decided what we want to do with our life, our adventures), and just like each of us, the product's story is always unique.
I want to share with you the common threads in product creation, and it starts with a seed.
A crop is grown & the parts of the plant harvested (whether leaves, fruits, or seeds) at maturity. The harvest is sorted to remove shells, hulls, leaf litter, debris,and other things. Believe it or not, many of our ingredients really are hand harvested and hand sorted.
At this point, depending on which ingredient we're talking about, the story diverges. I'm going to finish out this particular story thread by continuing with how cold pressed oils are made, specifically olive oil just because that is a fruit so many of us are familiar with and so common in skincare.
Olives are mashed until they look like olive pulp. Then, the pulp is strained to separate the solid olive pieces from the oil.
Once the oil is separated from the solids, it's bottled, labeled, and shipped to Rain Organica as a raw ingredient. When it arrives onsite, we use it to create the trail friendly products that you take with you on your explorations.
We start calculating the carbon footprint of that oil when it leaves our supplier's door and starts its journey to Rain Organica's warehouse. We consider how much energy we use during product creation, and that varies based on whether the oil is used in a lotion or in a body oil. We also account for shipping it from our workshop to your door.
Once the product arrives in your hands, we stop tracking that product's carbon emissions, but that transition from us to you is just the beginning of the product's adventures.
Carbon Offset 2020
If you want to read more about our carbon offsetting practices and read about which programs we support for each ton of carbon offset through purchases in 2020, click the links below.
Carbon Offsetting Purchases through Gold Standard (stay tuned for some blog posts to cover each one of these offsets):
- Low Smoke Stoves in Darfur
- Carbon Emissions Reductions from PET Recycling
- Sidrap Wind Farm Project (Indonesia, renewable energy project)
- Terraclear | Providing Access to Clean Water for the People of Laos