Since we at Finnish Design Shop believe that sustainable design increases happiness, it is only natural that we strive to achieve 100% carbon neutrality by reducing our emissions and making use of climate compensation methods.
In 2021, we commissioned the calculation of our organization’s carbon footprint for the first time. In the process, we also identified our most important emission reduction targets, which guide our efforts to create a carbon neutrality roadmap to minimize our emissions.
As avoiding all emissions from the get-go is not possible, we wish to take responsibility for our climate impact. Our solution is to offset our carbon footprint by protecting Finnish forests. According to our partner Ethica’s extensive background study, the protection of forests combines effective and sustained climate benefits with the nurturing of biodiversity.
Forest protection is found to be an effective way to secure and stabilize the carbon storage properties of plants and soil. It also ensures that the forest continues to act as a carbon sink and as a habitat for diverse species of animals, plants and other organisms.
Currently, Finnish Design Shop is sourcing Finnish forest areas that contain ecologically valuable habitats. The forests will be protected within the framework of the METSO programme, which safeguards and promotes forest biodiversity in southern Finland. METSO is a state-coordinated conservation programme that confirms the area’s high conservational value and ensures permanent protection.
Key criteria for METSO-eligible sites includes factors such as decaying wood, burnt or charred wood, mature broadleaved trees, large aspen trees, nutrient-rich soils, springs, brooks, and other natural water features. In the future, new acquisitions will be made annually.