we are a certified carbon neutral organisation

August 04, 2021

earlier this year, bassike announced our commitment to a more sustainable future, outlining a number of goals for our organisation to achieve by 2025 in order to actively support the health and future of our planet. we are proud to announce that as of july 2021, we are a certified carbon neutral organisation under the government-backed climate active standard.

a message from mary lou ryan
co-founder and director of sustainability & supply chain

"I am proud to announce that bassike has completed the first of our ongoing responsible business commitments – to become a carbon neutral certified organisation across our head office and retail stores. we have been formally certified under the australian government-backed climate active carbon neutral standard, covering our operational emissions.

it is daunting to consider that the fashion industry is responsible for 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions – equal to the combined annual emissions of france, germany and the united kingdom.*

with these startling figures in mind, we set out to first understand and measure our carbon footprint as an organisation, followed by managing and minimising our emissions intensity by improving our operations and working back with our partners to implement positive change.

the final step towards carbon neutrality involves offsetting any emissions that you cannot remove or reduce, by supporting certified projects that deliver social, environmental, and economic benefits to the community. we have consciously chosen to support projects that align with our operational footprint, both here in australia and in other key locations abroad.

achieving carbon neutrality as an organisation does not mean we are at the end of our journey. from here, we will work through this same measure, reduce and offset process annually to continue reducing our operational emissions, while also working towards expanding our measurement of scope 3 to include our supply chain.

we are proud to take action and support change in our industry, so I encourage you to read more about what being carbon neutral truly means, the projects we have supported and how this has a positive impact on our planet."


achieving carbon neutrality as an organisation does not mean we are at the end of our journey. from here, we will work through this same measure, reduce and offset process annually to continue reducing our operational emissions, while also working towards expanding our measurement of scope 3 to include our supply chain.


what are carbon emissions and why do we need to reduce them?

greenhouse gases, such as excessive carbon dioxide emissions caused by human activity, are the world’s biggest contributor to global warming. with unprecedented levels of carbon dioxide trapping heat in the atmosphere, global temperatures continue to rise, influencing the variability and volatility of our climate. the implications of climate change are wide-ranging and devastating, from influencing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, to disrupting the delicate balance of our ecosystems.

what does carbon neutral mean?

carbon neutrality is achieved when the carbon emissions from an activity, process or organisation have been neutralised, by reducing emissions where possible and offsetting the remainder of those that are unavoidable.

bassike is certified carbon neutral under the australian government’s climate active carbon neutral standard – the most rigorous and credible carbon neutral certification available nationally.

how has bassike minimised carbon emissions?

we have moved to renewable energy across our head office and our retail stores, committed to using paper that is either recycled or forest stewardship council (FSC) certified and implemented waste programs to manage landfill. we have identified that freight is our biggest carbon emissions contributor, and this year we will continue to work with our partners on a carbon emissions reduction solution.

what is carbon offsetting?

carbon offsetting is an internationally recognised way for organisations to balance unavoidable carbon emissions, through investment in projects that reduce or remove emissions from the atmosphere, such as reforestation and renewable energy projects.

which offsetting projects has bassike invested in?

bassike has selected offset projects that align with our organisational footprint, not only supporting projects in our home county of australia where we produce over 95% of our collections, but also programs that support countries and regions involved in our supply chain; such as wind-based power generation projects in india where our organic cotton is grown. this is a worldwide problem, and we understand that we need to think both locally and globally.

  • orana park natural capital
    orana park is a 4,580ha farm north-west of bendigo, victoria owned by the tiverton agriculture impact fund. this verified carbon unit project serves as an exemplar practice of integrated regenerative farming, threatened species recovery and biodiversity solutions. ongoing work at orana park oversees the restoration of vegetation, as well as the establishment of a predator-proof sanctuary that will incubate australian threatened species and re-establish critically endangered wildlife.

  • aboriginal carbon foundation
    the aboriginal carbon foundation aims to build wealth for traditional owners through the social, cultural, environmental, and economic benefits of carbon farming projects. using traditional savanna burning methods, the projects prevent destructive australian bushfires by reducing the fuel load in a controlled manner and therefore reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by bushfires. by conducting this traditional burning in the early dry season when fires are cooler there is also more carbon stored in the soil and plants, keeping the land healthy.

  • mytrah energy wind power project
    as well as providing a source of clean energy, this wind power project by mytrah energy improves the overall wellbeing of local communities in india. mytrah’s work in the community contributes to a number of the united nations sustainable development goals including; employment, clean water and sanitation, improved agricultural techniques, and educational and skills based training opportunities for everyone – including women and youth.
  • gujarat india wind power project
    this renewable energy project has been supported in partnership with not-for-profit organisation greenfleet. the main purpose of the project is to generate renewable electricity using wind power and feed the generated output to the local grid in gujarat, contributing to climate change mitigation efforts. In addition to the generation of green energy, the project also exists to enhance the commercialisation of wind power in the region and alleviates poverty by providing employment opportunities and benefits. the improved quality and access to electricity in the region provides further opportunity for social and economic development.

what is covered by bassike’s carbon neutral accreditation?

our climate active carbon neutral certification covers our operational emissions including: utilities for our head office and eight retail stores; global freight between customers, partners and suppliers; staff travel and commute; paper and office equipment; consumer and supplier packaging; third party services such as cleaning and printing; and waste and recycling.

what else is bassike working towards as a responsible business?

our next major goal is to undertake a life cycle assessment on our organic cotton jersey product line, with the aim of taking this program to carbon neutrality. this will see us reducing emissions across every step of the production process, from spinning the cotton to cutting and sewing the final garment.