The fashion industry accounts for up to 10% of global carbon emissions. Carbon emissions are the principal greenhouse gas (GHG) contributing to climate change. Before and during the early days of Two Days Off, our founder, Gina, was working in the public and NGO sector fighting climate change. When she founded the brand, she knew she wanted to do her part to transform the fashion industry, an industry known to be one of the biggest environmental polluters. This is why Two Days Off has been committed to being carbon neutral since inception.
In 2019, we committed to being responsible for 100% of our carbon emissions. Since Two Days Off is a young business that is still growing, Gina knew that our GHG emissions were inevitably going to grow with us. But by making a commitment early on to pay for and offset them, we were centering climate change at the core of the business and creating our own internal incentive to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible.
In 2020, Two Days Off was among the very first class of Climate Neutral Certified brands and one of only a few fashion brands donning the label. At the time of writing this in April 2021, there are now 28 certified fashion brands who have joined the ranks.
This year, 2021, we are incredibly proud to say we have offset our 2021 emission for a second year and set new goals to help lower them overall. We will be frank, these types of accomplishments take a lot for a small business like ours to achieve, and they are the easiest to let fall by the wayside. But climate action is our commitment and our mission, and we thank you for supporting us in it.
Offset Projects We Support
Explore the decarbonization projects we have supported in the past with the map below. For more information and verification information click on the "more info" link embedded within each project.
What are carbon emissions and how do they contribute to climate change?
Carbon dioxide is one of the gases that make up greenhouse gases (GHGs). Some of the other gases that make up GHG are methane and nitrous oxide. Emissions are when these gases are ‘let out’ into the atmosphere. The reason you hear about emissions of carbon dioxide (carbon emissions) the most is that they make up over half of all GHG emissions. “Carbon emissions” and “greenhouse gas emissions” are often used interchangeably though they are not one and the same. To learn more, check out this explainer video.
What does carbon neutral mean?
Carbon neutrality means having a balance between emitting carbon and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. Worldwide carbon neutrality is needed by 2050 to limit the worst effects of climate change. This is why we work with Climate Neutral. You can read more about our commitment and what it means here.
What is a carbon credit? Is it the same thing as an offset?
A carbon credit is a certificate generated when someone takes an action to eliminate a metric tonne of greenhouse gas emissions. People that develop carbon-eliminating projects can produce carbon credits. When carbon credits are used by companies or individuals to zero-out their own emissions, it’s called an offset. In short, offsets are credits used for a specific purpose.
How does a carbon credit help fight climate change?
Carbon credits put money into climate change solutions (check out our 2019 and 2020 projects for examples). Carbon credits are especially useful to neutralize the effects of emissions that can’t be avoided, either because it will take a long time, or we don’t have the technology. Many economic processes in our world don’t have zero-carbon options yet.
Carbon credits are created when someone does a project to eliminate a metric tonne of greenhouse gas emissions. The project might be a reforestation initiative that sequesters (sucks up) CO2, or a project that replaces coal-fired electricity with solar electricity. The project developer can sell the carbon benefits of the project in the form of carbon credits. There are hundreds of ways to create carbon credits, and the list is growing steadily.