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#houseofchange

At houseof we are pledging to reduce our impact on the world around us and ultimately have a positive impact. Our ambitions are big but we are making inroads and wanted to take you on our climate change journey.

We sell “cool” lighting and we like to think we are pretty “cool” people. That isn’t us blowing our own trumpet, they are lights (and people) who work to reduce our impact on climate change. At houseof we are are working in conjunction with Southpole and Ecologi to measure and offset the emissions our lights (and our people) produce.

Offsetting our product emissions

Every light we sell has its own unique carbon footprint, see your light’s footprint on the product page. We are committing to offsetting all of our production emissions by investing in projects which help combat climate change (you can read more about "offsetting" below).

Huóshuĭ Small Hydro

Our current project... this project builds and runs 95 small-scale hydropower plants to generate renewable electricity from the power of running water. Combined, the small-scale plants can generate enough renewable energy to power over half a million Chinese homes each year. The 'run-of-river' design does this with minimal environmental impact.

What is "offsetting"?

Offsetting emissions means that we are balancing out our emissions footprint. Increased levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are driving global warming, which in turn creates extreme weather changes around the world. Greenhouse gases are primarily a result of burning fossils fuels (coal, oil and gas). If you develop a project that reduces carbon dioxide emissions, every tonne of emissions reduced results in the creation of one carbon offset, or carbon credit. A carbon credit is a tradeable certificate that represents the avoidance or removal of one tonne of carbon dioxide emissions. Buying carbon credits means investing in emission reduction projects around the world (projects that require financing in order to take place).

Reducing our waste

We continue to be front-runners in the fight against plastic packaging and it doesn't stop there... at houseof we don’t believe in creating unnecessary waste and that’s why we are pledging to cut down. We all have a long way to go, but from the decision to keep our range tight, concise and not buying huge quantities to our LED lighting and bulbs we will continue to strive for greener ways of working.

Climate positive workforce

We are “cool” people. Like our products, we all have our own carbon footprint. We plant trees and contribute to emission reducing projects around the world. So far we have planted 178 trees and removed 16.34 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere, the equivilent of...

40k

Miles driven

49m2

Sea ice saved

13

Long haul flights
We offset our carbon footprint via Ecologi

What is a "climate positive workforce"?

Basically, we get rid of more emissions than we are using. Our emissions are calculated by the average number of car journeys we take or the number of flights we do throughout the year. We offset these by investing in green projects like planting forests and building hydropower plants.

It is not news to you that as soon as you turn a light on you start an emissions footprint. We are giving you the chance to be a “cool” person too and offset the usage emissions of your light for 10 years at the checkout. For as little as 18p!

Foxe Basin, Canada

"Like distant galaxies amid clouds of interstellar dust, chunks of sea ice drift through graceful swirls of grease ice in the frigid waters of Foxe Basin near Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Sea ice often begins as grease ice, a soupy slick of tiny ice crystals on the ocean’s surface. As the temperature drops, grease ice thickens and coalesces into slabs of more solid ice."

@USGS United States Geological Survey

Qattara Depression, Egypt

"This Landsat image looks like a bold watercolor. Yellow dances across the darkness with muted violet underneath. With a kind of science-fiction flair, this scene shows a portion of the Qattara Depression in Egypt."

@USGS United States Geological Survey

Bering Sea

"These green and blue swirls in the Bering Sea reveal the bottom of the food chain in the ocean. Microscopic organisms called phytoplankton, which are important to fish populations, may be too small to be seen individually, but in vast numbers they are visible from space. The white clouds in the image look like bubbles in an aquarium."

@USGS United States Geological Survey