The apparel industry is one of the biggest emitters on the planet, but we believe it doesn’t have to be. In 2021, we signed the UN Climate Change Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. Collectively, we need to limit global temperature rise to 1.5ºC to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. To ensure tentree is doing its part, we’ve committed to setting an emissions reduction target based on the latest science, which will allow us to determine how much and how rapidly we need to reduce our emissions.


Our 2021 Carbon Emissions

In 2021, our total carbon footprint was 14,310.96 tCO2e. Climate Neutral shares the footprints of other climate neutral fashion brands for comparison, but this number varies based on a business's size and output. What’s important to note is that over 99% of our emissions came from Scope 3, which are things like raw material processing, transportation of materials and products, and waste from the production process.

Scope 3 tends to be the biggest contributor for most companies, but not everyone is transparent about it because it’s the hardest scope to change and measure. Here at tentree, we’re not only up for the challenge but also believe our community deserves full transparency into our operations. Some ways that we’re currently working to reduce supply chain emissions include using lower-impact fibers and materials and using FSC and recycled materials in our packaging.

Climate Neutral Certified

tentree has been Climate Neutral Certified since 2020. This means that each year we calculate our emissions, offset them by purchasing carbon credits, and then create a plan for how we’ll reduce them in the coming year. You can view each step in more detail here.

To offset our 2021 impact, we purchased 14,311 tCO2e in carbon credits. These credits funded:

The Burn Stoves Project in Kenya

which provided communities with an efficient cookstove that benefits the environment and improves health.

The Burn Stoves Project in Kenya

supported the installation of a solar power project in the state of Karnataka — which had previously relied on thermal/fossil fuel-based power plants.

From Offsetting to Insetting

‘Insetting’ means offsetting carbon within our own value chain2. Put simply, that means funding climate-friendly projects that reduce emissions from our own supply chain, instead of projects outside of tentree. Right now, we’re working on Nature-based Solutions (NbS) like agroforestry, which helps regenerate the landscapes that we source from and creates direct positive impacts for people, biodiversity, and the climate. You can find more information on what we’re doing here.