Arran Street East recognises that climate change poses a threat to the economy, nature and society-at-large and has committed to act immediately in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
During May, the pottery studio took part in the Green for Micro Programme, a new initiative from the Local Enterprise Office aimed at helping small businesses prepare for the low carbon and more resource efficient economy of the future. During the programme the pottery studio worked with Climetaction from the Leading Edge Group to measure and estimate their current greenhouse gas emissions and they set out short and medium term targets for emissions reduction and developed a plan to achieve the targets, which they have already started putting into action.
“At Arran Street East, sustainability has always been at the heart of what we strive for and we have always been mindful of our environmental footprint and have sought opportunities to reduce our impact on climate. We are signing the Climate Commitment via the SME Climate Hub and in doing so, we are proud to be recognised by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign, and join governments, businesses, cities, regions, and universities around the world that share the same mission “– says Dobrawa Brach, Arran Street East managing director.
“In our production processes we always try to minimise waste" – says Marta Ozog, Arran Street East head potter – "the clay is cut into small chunks using tools called “harps”, so we only use the amount of clay needed for each product. We reuse unfired clay. Imperfect pots, trimmings and slurry from throwing is collected, recycled and used again in production. There are settling tanks installed under the sinks, so any clay washed down the sink is collected. Our pots are waxed at the bottom – it not only leaves a beautiful sharp base with our signature A stamped onto it, but also means that glazes don’t stick to the kiln shelves and are not wasted. Lastly, our kilns are always fully packed to avoid electricity waste.”
To offset carbon footprint and emissions that are beyond the studio’s control, Arran Street East are planting 3 trees in Ireland and 30 trees in Africa every month with Self Help Africa’s One Million Trees initiative.
The SME Climate Commitment
Recognising that climate change poses a threat to the economy, nature and society-at-large, our company commits to take action immediately in order to:
1. Halve our greenhouse gas emissions before 2030
2. Achieve net zero emissions before 2050
3. Disclose our progress on a yearly basis
In doing so, we are proud to be recognised by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign, and join governments, businesses, cities, regions, and universities around the world that share the same mission.
The SME Climate Hub is a pioneering global initiative that aims to create a tipping point for mainstreaming climate action and building business resilience. The SME Climate Hub is an initiative of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, the We Mean Business coalition and the United Nations Race to Zero campaign. www.smeclimatehub.org
Self Help Africa works to help protect smallholder farmers in rural Africa to help fight against the worst effects of climate change. Self Help Africa aims to plant 1.1 million trees this year. www.selfhelpafrica.org