We are Green.
The Green Retreats factory & offices are now completely carbon neutral.
Certified by ClimateCare as a partner and registered as a Climate Aware Company 2017.
At Green Retreats, we take our responsibility to the environment very seriously.
Due to the scarcity of natural resources it is essential to us that throughout every stage of development that careful consideration is taken to reduce our impact on the environment.
It has been our commitment to continually review our processes and procedures to create balance of our outputs and be sustainable. Read more about our processes to operate sustainably in our Environmental Policy…
We mean what we say
As part of this initiative, from spring 2017 the Green Retreats factory & offices are now completely carbon neutral.
This means that our customers can be sure that their Green Retreats Group garden room has been produced with NO NEGATIVE IMPACT on the environment.
How do we do it?
To be carbon neutral, we now offset our remaining factory and office carbon emissions against 4 projects that help combat climate change around the world.
1. India Wind, India
Providing rural communities with clean energy. This wind farm in India generates renewable electricity which feeds into the grid, displacing fossil fuel energy and improving connections for rural communities.
2. Lifestraw Carbon for water, Kenya
780 million people in the world still do not have access to safe drinking water. Many suffer from waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea – the third leading cause of death among children and adults in Kenya. This project provides safe water by distributing 877,505 LifeStraw Family filters to households in Kenya’s Western Province. The gravity driven point-of-use water filters require no electricity or consumables.
3. Burn Stoves, Kenya
The project manufactures and sells the market leading Jikokoa stove, which reduces charcoal consumption by 50% and greatly diminishes the negative environmental and social impacts of cooking. 68% of Kenya’s primary household energy still comes from woody biomass. The majority of this is burnt on smoky open fires and inefficient cooking stoves, leading to air pollution and contributing to climate change. Demand for wood fuel and charcoal also leads to deforestation, devastates biodiversity, reduces habitat for endangered species and reduces carbon uptake by forests.
4. Gyapa Efficient Stoves, Ghana
This project supports local entrepreneurs to manufacture and distribute safe, efficient cookstoves to households in Ghana. The Gyapa stove cuts charcoal use by up to 50%, saving families money and reduces harmful smoke emissions. Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 estimates that 4 million premature deaths occur every year due to smoke exposure from these methods. In fact, this is the fifth worst risk factor for disease in developing countries and women and children are the most affected.
The project also creates jobs and develops skills. The liners are made by a small group of accredited local ceramicists who have received specialist training. The metal claddings are made by a further group of accredited manufacturers.