Why do Ege Carpets offer voluntary CO2 compensation?
While it is our business to create exceptional carpets, we’ve always considered it our ethical duty to help inspire progress in society. As a carpet manufacturer, it’s impossible not to have a production footprint, but for years we’ve strived to reduce the negative and increase the positive factors.
As part of our many sustainability focused projects, we offer climate compensated carpets where you can contribute to a carbon neutral future.
Why mangrove trees?
Mangrove forests are among the most productive, resilient, and adaptable eco-systems on Earth. Mangroves reduce up to 5 times more CO2 emissions than other trees in the rainforests while also protecting coastal areas from extreme weather conditions.
What does it cost?
The carpet’s CO2 emission is calculated based on its Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and covers its full lifecycle including maintenance and disposal. Based on 10 years’ use, the extra cost is on average €0.12 cent per m2 depending on the individual carpet’s CO2 emission. A few examples of extra costs based on 10 year’s expected use:
* ReForm Memory with Ecotrust 350 backing €0.102m2
* Highline 1100 with Ecotrust 350 backing €0.107/m
Restoring mangrove forests
You are issued a certificate with the amount of CO2 that is compensated. Specifically, 5 mangrove trees are planted per tons CO2 emission of the carpet you purchase.
As a result of the planting, the project will each year issue climate credits in line with the VERRA Verified Carbon Standard. The credits can be tracked in the VERRA registry with its unique serial number.
We see the planting of mangrove trees in the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park as a unique opportunity to contribute to the containment of climate change while also improving the socio-economic conditions of the local community. The Thor Heyerdahl Climate Project aims to restore the mangroves in Myanmar where only 16% of the original forest remains and the target is to plant 300 million trees by 2023 which will capture and store 150 million tons of CO2e.
A green thread runs through everything we do. It begins in 1938. And it continues into the future – both the part we can see, and the part we can’t. It connects every story, every design, every initiative that we bring into the world.