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CarbonFree® Certification

Florida Crystals® CarbonFree® Organic and Natural Sugars offer premium sweeteners to environmentally conscious consumers. Florida Crystals® products are the very first sugar products to be certified CarbonFree® by Carbonfund.org. 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, Edinburgh Centre 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.  By generating renewable energy, we:

Help Mitigate Climate Change. By replacing harmful fossil fuels, Florida Crystals eliminates hundreds of thousands of tons of CO2 per year.

Reuse and Conserve. By reusing biomass waste as fuel to produce renewable energy, we conserve valuable landfill space each year.