Showering brand Lakes has achieved carbon neutral status under the Carbon Footprint Standard.
It has worked closely with consultants Carbon Footprint Ltd, which helped the company to audit its greenhouse gas emissions following ISO 140064-3 guidelines.
Lakes then achieved carbon neutral status by offsetting the emissions produced in its day-to-day operations by supporting three internationally recognised projects.
The first is by planting trees in the UK, as they absorb carbon dioxide during the day and produce oxygen. Lakes is also supporting a bore hole rehabilitation project in Uganda to provide local people with a source of clean drinking water. And thirdly, it is helping with a solar power installation in India.
In addition to this, in March this year Lakes committed to making all of the packaging for new products 100% recyclable. It also recycles all of its product waste – primarily glass and aluminium.
Said Mick Evans, Lakes operations director: “It’s important we all take responsibility for the negative impacts we’re having on our environment. By making these changes Lakes is reducing and offsetting its carbon footprint. We’re delighted to have achieved Carbon Neutral status and we hope others will follow our lead.”
Commenting on behalf of Carbon Footprint Ltd, client director Wendy Buckley said: “Lakes is taking a leading and proactive position in its market, to measure and manage its carbon impact – even though there is no legislative requirement for them to do so. They are making active steps to reduce the carbon emissions in the business, going forward, and by carbon offsetting they are mitigating unavoidable emissions by supporting projects across the world with immediate effect.”