Florida Crystals - Carbonfree Certification
Florida Crystals® Carbonfree® Organic and Natural sugars offer premium sweeteners to environmentally conscious consumers. Florida Crystals® is the very first sugar of its kind to be certified Carbonfree®. This label indicates a product’s carbon footprint was rendered neutral through greenhouse gas cutting measures.
What is Carbonfree®?
Florida Crystals® Organic and Natural sugars earned Carbonfund.org's Carbonfree® certification after a rigorous life cycle assessment (LCA) performed by Europe's premier carbon management consultants, Edinburg Center for Carbon Management (ECCM).
ECCM determined each product's complete carbon footprint by assessing the primary inputs of planting and growing the sugar cane, through the harvesting, milling and packaging processes, to the product's final delivery to store shelves. The Carbonfree® label indicates each product's carbon footprint was rendered neutral through greenhouse gas cutting measures, specifically, through Florida Crystals' production of renewable energy.
Why choose Carbonfree®?
We are all responsible for carbon dioxide emissions through our lifestyles and the products and services we buy. Every activity, product or service has its own carbon footprint -- a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases (specifically carbon dioxide) produced. One of the things we can do to reduce our footprint is support companies that have certified their products as Carbonfree®.
What makes Florida Crystals®' Carbonfree® certification unique?
Florida Crystals®' certification is unique, because unlike other manufacturers who rely on the purchase of carbon credits from third parties, we were able to supply our products' carbon neutrality through our own production and supply of renewable electricity.
We have been operating our renewable energy facility for a decade. It is the largest of its kind in North America and produces clean energy that powers our sugar operations and tens of thousands of homes. By generating renewable energy using sugar cane and wood waste instead of fossil fuels, we:
Reduce Foreign Oil Dependence.
Florida Crystals' renewable energy facility eliminates the need for one million barrels of foreign oil per year.
Reduce Global Warming.
By replacing harmful fossil fuels, Florida Crystals eliminates hundreds of thousands of tons of CO2 per year that would have contributed to global warming.
The conversion of 900,000 tons of wood waste to electricity enables us to conserve more than 3.5 million cubic yards of valuable landfill space each year.