2019 marks the tenth consecutive year that Renature Skin Care and emerginC have partnered with Carbonfund.org to neutralize a portion of its annual operating emissions. In addition to its own industry-leading environmental initiatives, emerginC has made a donation to neutralize 36 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases. The aggregate 360 metric tonnes, or almost 750,000 pounds, of carbon emissions neutralized has had the same environmental impact as planting almost 6000 tree seedlings and allowing those trees to grow, mature and sequester carbon dioxide for ten years.
emerginC began in 1996 with one of the most stable and effective vitamin C serums available. With a limited budget, no formal marketing plan, and no office—just a Manhattan studio apartment—they built the brand on buzz and grew by word of mouth. Over time, more products emerged and today they have a wide variety of amazing products, facials, and body treatments for all skin types. Never compromising their commitment to quality and effectiveness, they continue to emerge.
“We take many steps to minimize our impact on the environment. Our corporate office runs on wind power, our product boxes and brochures are made from paper from well-managed forests, printed with vegetable inks, and we ship our orders with biodegradable packing ‘peanuts’,” explains Ian Lirenman, CEO and Founder of emerginC. “We chose Carbonfund.org because of their efficiency, the on-the-ground solutions they deliver and the fact that they don’t engage in carbon offset trading.”
The folks at emerginC have taken a leading role in giving back and in sustainability with the “buy one, plant one” tree planting program, and the company also includes packets of emerginCeeds with every US domestic order to help customers start their own vegetable garden with USDA organic mixed lettuce or arugula seeds.
The company started an emerginBees bee habitat initiative to help combat Colony Collapse Disorder among US bee colonies. Many medicines, both conventional and alternative remedies, come from flowering plants. Without the bees to spread the seeds, many plants – including food crops – will die off. The emerginBees seedbombs are a combination of compost and clay that acts as a carrier for the seeds.
Another environmental initiative is emerginC’s 20,000 Straws Giveaway. Recognizing that single-use plastics are choking our oceans and polluting our planet, the 20,000 straws giveaway aims to curb wasteful plastic use by replacing disposable straws with sleek, environmentally-friendly, reusable stainless steel straws. They come free with every order, protected in a felt pouch made from recycled plastic bottles so they are easy to take on the go.
The company is headquartered in its own building near the waterfront in Brooklyn, NY, run on wind power, with a rooftop vegetables and flowers garden, and chickens that give the staff organic eggs all year round. Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with emerginC and commends the company for its ongoing leadership in environmental commitments.