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Forsake Celebrates Three Years of Partnership with Carbonfund.org Foundation

May 04, 2020

Forsake makes versatile footwear for the great outside.

Each day and every environment offer the potential for grand adventures, new experiences, and meaningful connections. Forsake creates footwear that’s prepared for both the known and unknown, so your day is never limited by the gear on your feet. Their Peak-to-Pavement® philosophy combines all-weather protection, rugged construction, and versatile styling to deliver footwear that’s prepared for whatever adventures await outside your door.

“At Forsake we believe that responsible companies need to be thoughtful, aware, and willing to take action,” states Jack Knoll, Marketing Director,  “We’ve chosen to focus our sustainability efforts  on mitigating the impact that our operations have on the global environment by measuring our carbon footprint, reducing what we can, and offsetting the rest. We’ve been a Carbonfund.org partner since 2017 because we believe in the approach that they take to managing carbon credit procurement and the projects that they’ve chosen to support.”

Forsake estimates one pair of their shoes releases 29.8 kg CO2e into the atmosphere. This includes the sourcing, manufacturing, shipping, and employee operations required to put Forsakes on your feet. As of 2020, they’ve transitioned to sourcing their leather from Leather Working Group Gold-rated suppliers. Over four audits, LWG Gold suppliers have reduced energy consumption by as much as 48%.

“We are very excited about our partnership with Forsake and their commitment to carbon neutrality,” said Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org Foundation. “Forsake is working to make a significant impact on mitigating climate change by supporting the Envira Amazonia Project and protecting almost 500,000 acres of pristine rain forest.”

The Envira Amazonia Project shall mitigate the release of more than 12.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, while also preserving the habitat for an extraordinary amount of biodiversity and directly benefitting local communities.

The Project aims to undertake a forest carbon inventory, model regional deforestation and land-use patterns, and mitigate deforestation pressures by utilizing payments for the Project’s ecosystem services. It also includes ongoing monitoring of the climate, community and biodiversity impacts of the Project. In addition to voluntarily foregoing plans to convert the forests to a large-scale cattle ranch, the landowners will implement numerous activities to assist local communities and mitigate deforestation pressures. These include offering agricultural extension training courses; beginning patrols of potential deforestation sites in the early stages of the Project; granting land tenure to local communities; and establishing alternative economic activities such as commercializing the collection of medicinal plants and açaí.

The Envira Amazonia Project has achieved validation and verification to the VCS and CCBS with Triple Gold Level Distinction for the Project’s exceptional biodiversity and community benefits, along with the Project’s incorporation of climate change mitigation activities. In fact, the Envira Amazonia Project is one of the largest REDD+ projects in the world and one of only a handful of REDD+ projects to be verified to the CCBS with Triple Gold Distinction.

We wish Forsake the very best going forward on their corporate sustainability endeavors.

For more information on Forsake please visit www.forsake.com