We thought it would be nice to honor our Mother Earth by giving her a hug and a kiss, but as well, reflect and remind ourselves what we contributed to preserving our planet.
CRAiLAR was founded on the notion and practice of sustainability. We strive to create our fibers using methods which are lighter on the planet, while conserving precious resources like land and water. At CRAiLAR, we are doing our best to limit harmful toxins and greenhouse gasses in our processes, as well as providing a product which itself biodegrades and can peacefully return to the planet.
Our journey is long, challenging, sometimes even frustrating, but definitely rewarding. We know this will always be the case. Earth Day is a perfect time for reflection on the past year, what we have accomplished as a team, as a company, and as an innovative, revolutionary product.
Even with our relatively small size, CRAiLAR has made a notable contribution to a healthier planet. The numbers add up really fast!!
Since Earth Day 2014, CRAiLAR delivered just shy of 1.3 million kg of fiber. That's over 2.8 million pounds. While we are a new, but growing player in the fiber market, we think these contributions to the planet deserve a review.
Compared to conventional cotton, grown in North America, CRAiLAR Flax fiber conserved over 650 million gallons of water; saved the planet from the use of nearly 1 million pounds of toxic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers; and allowed over 2500 acres of arable land to be used for food production. These savings will grow as we grow.
At CRAiLAR, we consider every day to be Earth Day as we focus on our goal of creating and supplying revolutionary, sustainable, biodegradeable products and innovations to the world.
Here's one of our favorite videos (thanks to the BBC and David Attenborough) to put this all into perspective.
Happy Earth Day!
The CRAiLAR Team