Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Every action we take as a business has a consequence, so we have taken steps to lower the carbon emissions that come from our manufacturing. World Centric® products take less energy to make than traditional disposables and we work to reduce carbon emissions throughout the entire lifecycle of our compostable goods. We also partner with environmental and social organizations whose programs not only sequester and/or reduce CO2 emissions but engage local communities.
Emissions by Business Operation
World Centric business operations are classified into five broad categories: manufacturing, product transport to the U.S., warehouse operations, office operations and outbound shipping. The chart above shows the percentage of carbon that is emitted from each category.
The production of traditional single-use food packaging contributes to climate change and negatively impacts people and the planet. Conventional plastics require the extraction and refinement of petroleum and natural gas. Paper products are typically sourced from the cheapest wood fiber available, regardless of how the forest was logged.
World Centric® compostable foodservice packaging is plant-based and designed to be commercially composted so it can be added to the soil. We are committed to product innovation that’s better for the planet and work to reduce our carbon emissions throughout the entire lifecycle of our products.
We utilize sustainable materials like sugarcane bagasse leftover from the refining process and fast-growing renewable bamboo fibers to create containers, plates, bowls, cups, and other compostable foodservice ware. When we do use wood tree fiber for cups and bowls, we use responsibly sourced paper certified by FSC® to help preserve forest ecosystems. To encourage the recycling market and utilize existing materials, we use 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper for napkins, towels, and coffee sleeves. We also encourage and help our suppliers to achieve their environmental goals, including ISO 14001 certification and switching to cleaner energy sources.
We annually calculate the carbon footprint of our manufacturing, shipping to the U.S., warehousing, office operations (including business travel and commuting), and shipping to customers. We use this information to determine the allocation of our annual giving required to account for our carbon emissions. We fund grassroots environmental projects that not only allow us to account for our carbon emissions, but also enable organizations to help those most affected by climate change with long-lasting solutions.
In addition to our carbon giving, we utilize solar power at our company headquarters, provide subsidies for staff to use public transportation, and strive to keep our team informed and engaged about environmental and social issues.
World Centric® upholds rigorous social and environmental responsibility standards and donates 25% of net profits to organizations addressing social and environmental issues, with more than $1.8 million allocated for donations in 2022.
Each year, based on our carbon footprint, we allocate funds to support organizations with long-term solutions to reduce and sequester carbon, which in turn improves the resilience of many of the communities most affected by climate change. Projects are reviewed by our internal team to ensure that they meet our strict criteria for direct impact. Once approved projects are funded, we receive reporting on the ongoing results.