Ever since the beginning, our roots have been planted in the outdoors. VARGO was conceptualized while out in nature- backpacking. Preserving the lands we all know and love is paramount so that generations to come can continue to enjoy them just as we do. Sustainability is a huge part of this which is why we’re pleased to announce that we are fully Climate Neutral Certified as of August 2023. We’ve joined forces with Climate Neutral to offset our carbon output and achieve a neutral carbon footprint.
Like many consumer goods manufacturing companies, production, manufacturing, and transportation are our biggest emissions. We’ve taken various steps to reduce these emissions such as using much more ocean shipping rather than air freight, reducing materials in packaging, using more recyclable materials in packaging, and as well as teaming with Climate Neutral to purchase carbon offsets. Offsets are not enough by themselves to tackle climate change, however, they are immediately impactful while we continue to work towards reducing our emissions and becoming an even more sustainable operation.
What is Climate Neutral?
Climate Neutral is a nonprofit organization working towards a more sustainable future by recruiting companies to publicly measure, reduce, and offset their carbon emissions. Companies must complete a rigorous 3-step process before earning the Climate Neutral Certification:
Measuring Emissions: Calculating the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by their operations, which can include emissions from energy use, transportation, manufacturing, and other relevant activities.
Offsetting Emissions: Compensating for the emissions that cannot be eliminated by investing in projects that reduce or remove an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These projects can include reforestation, renewable energy projects, carbon capture and storage initiatives, and more.
Reducing Emissions: Taking steps to minimize carbon emissions by adopting energy-efficient technologies, using renewable energy sources, optimizing processes, and making other operational changes to lower their carbon footprint.
Certification: Engaging with a recognized third-party certification body that verifies the entity's efforts to achieve climate neutrality. If the entity meets the required standards and offsets its emissions sufficiently, it can receive a climate-neutral certification.