Why is Carbon Negativity important?

Two words: climate change!

By reducing the amount of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere we can significantly reduce global warming.

The UK has made a commitment under the Paris Agreement to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 in line with what is needed on a global scale to prevent the most severe forms of climate change. We all need to do our bit to reduce the impact our operations and everyday lives has on the environment.

What are we doing?

Ethos miscanthus smart bedding is a carbon negative product, as it removes more CO2 from the atmosphere than is produced in the planting and harvesting of it.

Importantly, we have made sure that the packaging we source is 100% recyclable AND made from recycled plastic so it has been used before and can be used again.

Additionally, our business uses renewable energy – in fact we are able to burn the miscanthus crop in our biomass boilers to produce heat for the entire business farm and offices.

We are rolling out new initiatives all of the time so keep checking back for our latest carbon fighting programme!

What can you do to help?

Switch to buying our Miscanthus bedding and foraged feed products first of all!! 

However, there are many other things you can do. There is so much great advice on the internet about how you can reduce your carbon footprint we summarise some good, achievable points below:

Turn electrical goods off standby. Including unplugging chargers that are no longer in use.

Walk, cycle or use public transport.

Look at ways to reduce your energy usage overall (the energy sector is THE biggest producer of carbon emissions so if we can all reduce our energy use this will have a huge impact on the levels of CO2 emissions) – turning off lights in the daytime. Washing the dishes by hand. Taking showers not baths etc.

Wash at 30°C rather than 40°C+ and say NO to the tumbledryer - it makes a small but important difference:
0.6 kg CO2e washed at 30°C, dried on the line
0.7 kg CO2e washed at 40°C, dried on the line
2.4 kg CO2e washed at 40°C, tumble-dried in a vented dryer
3.3 kg CO2e washed at 60°C, dried in a combined washer-dryer.

Don’t buy fast fashion. There is a great article here about the HUGE impact fast fashion has on the environment.

Eat locally grown, produced products that are in season.

Plant a garden – you can even plant a type of Miscanthus – looks like pampas grass that can suck carbon from the atmosphere.

Say no to plastic – especially single use plastic. Plastic has a HUGE carbon footprint however it is a needed product especially with regards to food packaging and keeping things safe, clean and fresh – familiarise yourself with alternative packaging items and try and use these as much as possible. Remember some plastic alternatives do also have a carbon footprint but if they are reusable e.g. a canvas bag this could outway the bad.

This is a great website for more advice.