Measuring our carbon footprint to become aware of our impact on the climate. This was one of the steps needed to honor our raison d'être: caring for people and the planet.

Footprint carbon

1. Calculate our Carbon Footprint

Understanding for a better action

Our approach is simple: we want to understand the impact generated by our activities in order to identify levers for improvement in our value chain, so that good consumption does not come at the expense of natural resources.

As our products avoid single use, our activity generates value and considerably reduces negative impacts on the climate. However, we are convinced that it is by calculating our impact that we can be even more virtuous.

The conclusion

In 2020, we decided to calculate our carbon footprint for the first time. To identify all the flows that could generate greenhouse gas emissions, with the aim of reducing them.

To calculate our carbon footprint for 2021, we used Sweep, a carbon accounting tool. This enabled us to collect the right data and then process it in accordance with the international standard ISO14064 and the GHG Protocol, with all calculations based on the emissions indicators of ADEME and the Bilan Carbone® Association.

2. Our results

Here is an overview of the breakdown of our greenhouse gas emissions according to our activities.

CO₂ emissions in 2021

5015 tCO2 eq*

*tonnes of CO2 equivalent

Carbon emissions from vehicles (trucks) transporting raw materials to factories, then from factories to the port in China.
Carbon emissions from vehicles (trucks) transporting merchandise from the port in France to warehouses, then to distribution points (e-commerce shipments or resale points).
Emissions resulting from the road transport we use to send packages purchased on our site.
Emissions linked to the use of the product correspond to the energy used to fill and clean the product. Emissions from the transport of goods from China to France (i.e. 19,500 km) by container ship.
Emissions linked to raw materials are those emitted during the manufacture of the raw material (a mixture of ores) for our products, i.e. stainless steel.
Energy consumption by production machines and buildings and related carbon emissions.
Carbon emissions due to energy consumption by Qwetch's logistics warehouses in France.
Estimated emissions from our consumers' individual vehicles when they visit points of sale to buy our products.
Emissions linked to daily life in our offices. This includes employee commuting, business travel, office equipment purchases, etc.

3. Map of our business

From production to use

90% of our products are made in China, in the province of Zhejiang, using stainless steel manufactured in the province of Fujian. Once the products have been shaped and inspected, they are transported by container ship from the port of Ningbo (China) to the port of Le Havre (France) before being delivered by truck to our logistics provider in Wissous in the Paris region.

Finally, the products are sent to other logistics service providers (to reach the end consumer) or directly to our retail outlets.


The energy consumption required to manufacture our products is our biggest emissions item (nearly 22%).
Manufacturing stainless steel containers, and even more so when they are isothermal, has a significant carbon cost. However, this is largely offset by the particularly long life of our products.

Raw materials

The mixture of ores from which the stainless steel in our products is made also emits a significant proportion of our total carbon impact (17.5%).
Stainless steel is an essential material for isothermal containers, but it is also the most resistant and the healthiest.

Road transport

500 km covered by trucks (in France and China) = 3% of our Bilan Carbone® and 1.7% for the 19,500 km covered by container ship.

Customer route

We have estimated that 90% of our customers travel to our points of sale by private thermal car, which corresponds to almost 1/3 of our emissions (31%).

What we've learned

- Our product is a pollutant at birth, but it has an extremely long lifespan, to the point where its carbon impact is very largely positive, and often even better than that of other materials such as recyclable plastic or glass.

- Sea transport over a distance of 20,000 km has a minimal impact.

What are the solutions?

- Continue to increase the lifespan of our products - because we see this as an obvious response to the major challenge posed by waste in our society today.

- Transition our products' raw materials to 90% recycled stainless steel.

- Manufacture our products while limiting energy consumption. This may involve re-evaluating the energy mix of production in our factories, or using recycled materials.

- Studying alternatives to road transport by reorganizing operations to reduce trucking distances.

5. What are the next steps?

In 2023, we'll be focusing on circularity

We are already working on an action plan based on the circularity of our products, which aims to manage the entire life cycle of each of our bottles, teapots, lunch boxes, etc. This circularity involves product life-cycle analysis (LCA), eco-design, the development of spare parts, the introduction of timeless collections, and so on. This circularity involves product life-cycle analysis (LCA), eco-design, the development of spare parts, the introduction of timeless collections, etc., with the aim of making our solutions against single use ever more sustainable and healthy.

And in the longer term?

We're looking at circularity, but also :

- Studying ways of optimizing our logistics model in order to limit truck journeys and encourage other modes of transport (river transport, for example).

- Optimizing - and limiting - our sample shipments by plane.

- Reinforcing proximity to our customers by increasing the number of points of sale and the share of e-commerce, in order to reduce the carbon impact of consumer journeys.

- Supporting our partner factories and suppliers in their energy transition, in order to work on a new model integrating the use of renewable energies.

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