FIVE for Future
Everyone, regardless of whether they are consumers, politicians or entrepreneurs, has an ecological responsibility for our future. Yes, you have responsibilities too, but that's not what today is about (phew!). So you can keep reading. At FIVE, we try to do our part by...
- If possible, use organic raw materials that have been proven to produce around 30 percent less CO2 emissions,
do without additional folding boxes – the things that usually end up in the waste paper after 2 minutes,
- Use exclusively vegan ingredients, since livestock farming causes 15 percent of all greenhouse gases. Buuuhhh!
🌍 And from now on we will also compensate the remaining climate gas CO2 caused by our company and production. Means: We are 100 percent climate neutral!
Since you are interested in natural cosmetics, sustainability is certainly very important to you. You are probably also aware that CO2 and other greenhouse gases are a major problem for the climate on our planet.
As a global world population, we currently produce about 40 gigatonnes of CO2 per year. But what does that mean?
Let's assume you have a new smartphone and you take photos and videos every day, which means you need 40 gigatons of storage space per year. Then you should be asking yourself by now at the latest: How much storage space does my smartphone have?
For comparison, the entire CO2 budget that still remains for Mother Earth to avoid getting into uncontrolled climate change with such great things as the melting away of the polar ice caps and an unstoppable rise in temperature from year to year is about 400 to 600 gigatonnes.
This is our "storage space" - unfortunately we can't order a new smartphone this time (crap!). In other words, the Earth has a maximum of 10 to 15 years with current CO2 emissions if business-as-usual continues. But it doesn't have to! And that's why we now have to massively reduce all greenhouse gases. We must do something NOW!
OK, but what does climate neutral even mean?
Of course, operating FIVE and manufacturing our products releases CO2, even if natural cosmetics are less harmful to the climate than conventional cosmetics.
We cannot prevent certain CO2 emissions at the moment, as this would require a complete energy transition. The energy would have to come 100 percent from renewable sources, such as wind and sun for all areas. In addition, more efficient energy storage would be needed and all orders would have to be delivered by bicycle or electric car.
It actually sounds pretty good. And although we support such a development 100 percent, unfortunately we cannot implement it alone.So we're doing what we can currently do as a small company - even if it costs us money: CO2 offset! And we would like that many larger companies will soon follow the trend
But how does CO2 compensation work, or is that just «greenwashing»?
Nope! For the global climate, it doesn't matter where CO2 is released. It therefore makes sense to save CO2 where it is easiest: Projects that demonstrably save CO2 emissions are supported financially.
Our CO2 emissions are (ClimatePartner) calculated by a neutral body and we pay an amount that the same amount of CO2 elsewhere in the world saves. The bottom line is that no additional CO2 enters our overburdened atmosphere. Hence the term «climate neutral».