Climate Neutral Cookware
When we started making cast iron cookware, we ran our furnace off of waste vegetable oil collected from local restaurants and fire halls. On our small scale, it was a way to sidestep some of the high environmental costs inherent to manufacturing. As we’ve grown our workshop, we’ve kept that spirit central to our growth, but it’s hard to communicate a commitment to sustainability in a world of greenwashing and marketing speak.
We are in the process of renewing our Climate Neutral certification for a second year, a powerful way to cut through it all and show you the receipts!
Climate Neutral is a nonprofit organization working with brands to eliminate their carbon emissions. To receive Climate Neutral certification, brands must empirically measure their cradle-to-customer greenhouse gas emissions and create quantifiable plans to reduce that footprint year over year. For us, that means mapping the geography of our supply chain, the environmental impact of our source materials and the energy cost of running our workshop, amongst other factors. We need to demonstrate proof of our effort's success to receive an annual recertification and pay carbon offsets for our remaining footprint.
Last year, we reduced the volume on our packaging by 25% and began the two-year process of upgrading our lights to efficient LEDs. With our renewal this year, we are examining one of the biggest climate-liabilities in our process, the sand we use to make molds for casting. We already re-use a lot of the sand we have going into each of our molds, but when we need to order more, it comes to us on a full 18-wheeler from a Midwestern mine (as it does for all foundries.) We know we can cut down the material we need with effort.
All said, what is not measurable is the thing most important to us. We only want to make beautiful cooking tools that will last for generations. After the energy is spent to make something new, shouldn’t it be worth it?
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