We at incognito believe we can only take so much from the earth and that our planet is in a perilous position, especially for our children’s children. It needs help now, which is why we at incognito would like to think we are part of the solution; and run a carbon-balanced emissions business. Here’s how we do it:
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We switch off all our computers and electronic equipment including our lights, rather than leaving them on stand-by for extended periods.
All of our vehicles are Environmentally Friendly Vehicles (EFVs). They are either 100% electric vehicles (EVs), which are literally powered indirectly by wind! Or we use super-efficient hybrids for longer distances.
(Howard talks about the incognito GWiz on the One Show on BBC 1)
All our computers are Apple Mac’s because they leave less of a “Footprint” than PC’s
incognito ingredients are grown in nitrate-free fertilizer soil and no pesticides are used in cultivating the organic citronella or eucalyptus.
No animal testing occurs on any of our products or product derivatives. We are registered with the Vegan Society. As it used to say on our spray bottle, “tested on humans not animals”.
incognito products are shipped rather than flown.
We use minimal packaging which is all recyclable along with all our stationery. Our soaps are packaged in Saa.
All of our promotional material is printed using fibres from sustainable forests and carry the FSC logo.
We shred all envelopes, waste paper and boxes, re-using it as stuffing/filler in our outgoing orders
We only use bio-degradable cleaning products.
We even compost our lunch leftovers in the company kitchen!
The amount of carbon dioxide emitted through manufacturing, shipping, printing and the petrol element of the hybrids is more than offset by our carbon projects which fall into two main categories. Firstly, we are curtailing carbon dioxide use in under-developed countries and educate about the benefits of a low-carbon lifestyle. For example we changed all of the light-bulbs from inefficient to the latest energy saving ones, in Bethsaida Hermitage this is a charitable Eco-resort that directly funds two orphanages and other local charities. We continue to supply funds for their various environmental projects.
Secondly, we at incognito are convinced that planting trees is still one of the most effective ways of capturing carbon from the environment provided they are planted in the southern hemisphere. According to the Ecologist, UK edition January 2007; “trees growing in the tropics can have a positive effect upon reducing global temperatures… “. The services and benefits trees provide, for both organisms and humans alike, can be felt at a local and global level. Preserving trees is a step towards addressing many environmental issues. Trees not only stow carbon from the atmosphere, but later release it as oxygen hindering the 18% global carbon emission caused by deforestation. They also help in the prevention of climate change by cleaning the air and removing pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, ozone, and carbon dioxide. In addition to cleaning the air, they also generate natural resources such as fresh water and fertile soil which could potentially relieve nearly 800 million people who live and work around tropical rainforests from poverty if we were to stop deforestation. One tree trunk alone can hold up to 0.65 tonne of carbon and also provides timber, food and fuel for the local communities. They help prevent floods by catching and displacing storm water and stop desertification, erosion, and mudslides. Trees also supply raw materials for medicine and science and approximately 40% of all biodiversity lives in theses tropical rainforests. One tree grown to maturity will provide a lifetime of oxygen for one human being. So we plant a number of trees with PATT.
So far we have planted hundreds of trees with them and more with other organisations.
We sponsor many expeditions and the link to Cycling The 6 can be found here. Cycling The 6
Every decision we make for our business is evaluated from an environmental perspective. Every incognito member is involved in the decision-making process.