SUSTAINABILITY AT CANARY
We believe that every day is a great day to make change and do better. We practice this by crafting our gifts to be both high quality and eco-friendly. To us, this means carrying out projects while keeping our impact on the planet and its future generations in mind.
Although we recognize that Canary is far from being a 100% sustainable business, we are constantly challenging ourselves to be more eco-conscious in all aspects of the work we do. Together, we can achieve positive change for both the merchandising industry and the environment.
01. CLIMATE NEUTRAL PLEDGE
We’re excited to announce that we’re committed to become Climate Neutral Certified by April 2022! We’re partnering with Climate Neutral, a non-profit organization that is helping us work toward carbon neutrality by measuring and offsetting our 2021 carbon footprint, while working to reduce future emissions.
02. CLIMATE NEUTRAL SHIPPING
Canary is committed to making our shipments with FedEx and UPS 100% carbon neutral. To achieve this, we are part of UPS’s Carbon Neutral Shipment program, and purchase carbon credits from Proyecto Mirador to offset our emissions from FedEx. Not only does Proyecto Mirador minimize our impact on the climate, but it also protects the respiratory health of families in Honduras. However, Canary believes that we must pair these carbon offsets with emission-reducing action. This is why we optimize our packaging sizes, build relationships with suppliers all around the world, and choose the least carbon intensive shipping methods when possible.
03. SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT OFFERINGS
We put thought into every piece of our projects. We are always getting creative with our sustainable products, offering everything from seed paper inserts to notebooks made from apple cores. Our list of eco-friendly options includes many renewable, recyclable, and compostable gifts and packaging made from GOTS, FSC, OEK-TEX, and USDA Organic certified materials. While we frequently add products to our sustainable repertoire, we prioritize reusing materials to reduce waste and prevent unnecessary production.
04. ECO-FRIENDLY SUPPLIERS
Our impact on the environment begins with supplier selection. That is why we partner with several B-Corp, 1% for the Planet, Fair Trade, and Carbon Neutral certified vendors to make our influence as positive as possible. We are also constantly scouting for new companies and industry innovations to support and share with our clients.
05. IN-OFFICE PRACTICES
Canary is headquartered in a LEED Platinum certified building, earning this distinction for its water-saving plumbing and landscaping, sustainably sourced paper products, and PV solar panels that will power 85% of our office by 2024. Spare samples are donated to local charities, and any packaging or material that can be reused, is. Lastly, we compost and recycle, and train employees on how to reduce their carbon and waste footprint as well.
Here’s a few examples of how we repurpose leftover product:
06. TRANSPARENCY IN MOVING FORWARD
Moving forward, Canary will continue to intensify our sustainability efforts and goals. To do this, we collect data on our transport emissions and sustainable suppliers to identify how we can improve best. In 2022, we plan to release our first CSR report detailing this operational information. On top of this, we will annually participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to make our emissions data public. This data transparency will also help us achieve our goal of a 25% increase in transport efficiency by 2025.