Our Local Impact
We’re proud to participate in the following local programs:
- Clark County Green Business Program.
This initiative recognizes local businesses who are environmentally sustainable and provides resources that promote long-lasting environmentally aware efforts.
- Clark County Public Utilities Green Lights Program.
This partnership contributes to the development of regional renewable energy projects. It also provides local education focused on energy conservation and renewable energy generation.
Climate Neutral Certified
We’re proud to be Climate Neutral Certified three years in a row. As a Climate Neutral Certified company, we’ve measured our annual emissions, offset them by investing in climate change solutions, and started taking real action to reduce our emissions. Each project is independently certified to ensure it meets global offset standards.
Our 2022 offsets through the Unitor REDD+ Project protects forests located in one of the regions with the highest deforestation rate in the Amazon Biome: the municipality of Lábrea, in Amazonas. The project area covers 99,000ha of forest, as a consortium of 15 neighboring properties has come together to protect forests, biodiversity, and animal species from further deforestation. The project leads to annual emissions reductions of over 500,000 tCO₂ over its lifetime. In addition to significant nature and biodiversity benefits, the local communities are trained in sustainable forest management, fire safety, health, hygiene and more.
To learn more about this initiative, visit climateneutral.org.
What We’re Doing Right Now
Reducing and replacing plastic in our packaging.
We use easily recycled options with a focus on post-consumer recycled content. Example: Our small item packaging is 100% recycled content with up to 95% post-consumer waste.
High efficiency heating, cooling and lighting throughout our building.
Reducing energy consumption contributes to lowering our carbon footprint. Example: Our office is in a 100-year-old renovated building with energy efficiency components built in.
We’ve Pledged to Fund Planting of One Tree for Each Item Sold
As a small, family-owned company, Exquisite Crystals is deeply committed to making a positive impact on the world. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Eden Reforestation Project to fund the planting of one tree for each item sold on our site. It’s a simple but impactful initiative that is transforming not only the environment, but also the socio-economic landscapes of the countries where Eden operates.
Eden Reforestation Project is truly a remarkable organization. They operate in eight project countries, planting and maintaining trees daily in areas facing extreme poverty, civil unrest, and even natural disasters. As the forests are restored, the canopy, leaf litter, water, and wildlife return, and nature begins to heal. Through this initiative, Eden also empowers impoverished locals by hiring them to plant, nurture, and guard the newly planted forests, giving them new opportunities at economic self-sufficiency, improved health, and education.
At Exquisite Crystals, we’re particularly impressed by Eden’s holistic approach to reforestation. The organization starts each project by connecting with local communities and building relationships with local leaders who guide them to planting opportunities and work with them to creatively overcome restoration obstacles. Eden also provides economic incentives and simple planting techniques to support local communities in restoring their local environment and economy. This approach puts the local community at the center of their work and inspires great commitment to reforestation in their country, creating a sense of ownership to protect their forests long-term.
We’re proud to play a small part in this amazing initiative, and we’re excited to see the impact our partnership with Eden Reforestation Project will have on the world. By shopping with Exquisite Crystals, our customers are not only getting the highest quality specimens from around the world, but they’re also contributing to a positive change for the planet and its people. We are committed to continue making a difference one crystal and one tree at a time.
We’re Giving Back 1% for the Planet
At Exquisite Crystals, we are committed to doing our part to make a positive impact on the environment. That's why we're incredibly proud to be a member of 1% for the Planet, a global movement that allows businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions through everyday actions.
Our commitment to 1% for the Planet means that we donate 1% of our total sales to environmental nonprofits, regardless of our annual profitability. This is not something we do ad hoc or based on our bottom line. We make a conscious effort each year to set aside a portion of our sales to support organizations that are doing important work to protect our planet.
Our dedication to giving back has resulted in contributions that have helped fund $250 million in environmental nonprofit solutions to date. This is a testament to the impact that small businesses like ours can have when we come together to support a common cause.
By becoming a member of 1% for the Planet, we have made a public commitment to giving back to the environment that has given us so much. Our sales and donation plans are reviewed annually to certify our efforts, providing customers with the assurance that they've made a responsible and sustainable choice by supporting us. When you see the 1% for the Planet logo, you can trust that we've made a commitment to give back to the environment and contribute towards a better world.
How Can You Help?
Environmental care is a group effort. Here’s how you can help:
- Reuse or recycle the packaging materials from your purchase. Almost all our shipping supplies are eco-friendly.
- Find an appropriate recycling option for bubble wrap and mailers. Find your nearest location here.
- Compost or dissolve biodegradable packing peanuts. They’re designed to be zero waste.
- Reuse or recycle cardboard boxes.