BAM doesn’t just offset the full 100% of the emissions associated with running our business and the manufacture of our clothing, we offset the emissions across the whole life of each individual piece of clothing. From forest to fibre to your first fifty washes, we have it covered.
Across 2019 and 2020 our footprint (calculated using the most up-to-date assumptions and data) was 8,083 tonnes CO2. We offset an extra 4,517 tonnes taking our total CO2 offset to 12,600 tonnes. That’s an extra 6.5kg per item! We also, since 2019, have planted 9,100 mangrove tree saplings.
92% of the fibres we use* are biodegradable and made from natural, renewable raw materials. 64% of those raw materials are bamboo which is an inherently lower impact crop due to its rapid growth and the way it can be harvested without damaging root systems, protecting the carbon and biodiversity stored in the roots and soil.
* Based on 2020 figures
How did we calculate the emissions for you washing your clothes?
We worked with Simon Brown from the Positive Momentum Business Consultancy to work out our calculation – Simon is a leading expert in measuring and reducing environmental impacts. This is how we worked out how to offset you washing your BAM clothes*:
- 5kg load of laundry has a footprint of 0.6kgCO2e (washed at 30 degrees and line dried)
- We produced 188 tonnes (187,650 kg) of clothing in 2020, so 37,530 x 5kg loads of laundry.
- At 50 washes over the lifetime of our clothes, that would be 1,876,500 kg loads of laundry.
- The footprint of a 5kg load of laundry is 0.6kgCO2e. So for 1,876,500 kgs, it’s 112,5900kgCO2e
- And converting that to tonnes gives us 1125tCO2e
- And that’s what we offset.
* Based on 2020 figures
What does offsetting our emissions involve?
Offsetting 100% of these emissions is an opportunity to invest in projects that will not only absorb carbon but make a real difference to communities around the world. Your BAM choice makes a big impact.
It’s possible to offset by buying the cheapest possible credits for projects which have already happened or would be funded anyway. We, however, use the opportunity to support projects that would not only avoid carbon emissions or absorb CO2 but also make a real difference to communities around the world whose lives are already being most significantly affected by climate change.
That’s why we chose to support the Water Bore Holes, Kenya Project . This Gold Standard certified project isn’t simply about offsetting carbon – it makes a life-changing difference to people in vulnerable communities. The project works to deliver 164 million litres of clean, safe water to 37,000 people in Kenya. Not only that, because the water no longer needs to be boiled to be safe, it reduces deforestation and in turn reduces emissions.
This is what our money does. It gets clean water to people who need it and cuts emissions at the same time. And because we decided to offset nearly five times more, we can make a real impact.
Reducing our carbon impact
It will take years to systematically reduce our carbon footprint so until we can we have made a commitment to be climate positive. But, together we’ll hit our goal of being carbon zero by 2030.
If we’re serious about the environment, we have to cut carbon emissions as well as offset them and change the way we work. We are now rethinking our entire supply chain so that we don’t generate carbon emissions in the first place. As you can imagine, it’s a huge mountain to climb, but one we’re up for overcoming.
Reducing our waste to zero
Alongside reducing our carbon impact, we want to reduce our waste to zero which is why our goal is to be fully circular by 2030. That means we’ll make our clothing from natural and recycled materials with zero waste. And we’ll ensure that everything we make can be fully recycled at the end of its use. Take a look at our 73 Zero insulated jackets to see how we’re changing the way clothing is made. This jacket is made from recycled polyester and at the end of its life it will be recycled again back into polyester. We’ve closed the loop, ensuring that no element of this jacket will end up in landfill.