Retail is among the largest greenhouse gas emitters, contributing approximately 80% more emissions each year than all road transport in the UK  

- British Retail Consortium (BRC)


Retailers are uniquely placed in the customer-facing position to support the UK’s journey to a low carbon future. That’s why we’ve tailored several of our natural solutions to the eco conscious consumer on the high-street and online store.

Our approach to sustainability first of all focuses on carbon reduction, followed by carbon offset through local tree planting.

We look to quickly reduce existing emissions by, for example; assessing energy usage in store operations and the diesel to power heavy goods vehicles.  

Once we’ve reduced your carbon footprint, then comes an offset strategy to address residue carbon. At the heart of every offset strategy we love to see our woodlands and biodiversity generating unique customer experiences.


UK consumers are increasingly champions of climate action. Younger people in particular want to understand the climate impacts of the product or service you’re selling, and make purchases that support their low carbon lifestyle.

From purchasing a bottle of gin or an insurance policy, to a taxi or pet grooming service, there are new opportunities for retailers to differentiate their offerings through nature conservation. Now is the time to seriously consider how carbon offset through local tree planting can attract the eco conscious consumer and benefit your future brand equity.


Sustainability is an excellent way to attract eco conscious consumers, build brand loyalty and lifetime value. Wanderlands is working hand in hand with retailers, multinational and independent, to deliver carbon net-zero outcomes in support of positive climate change for the benefit of future generations to come.

Take the lead today with a straightforward, environmentally friendly brand promise to achieve carbon net-zero with Wanderlands


As the UK’s largest private sector employer, with a customer base of 67 million people, the environmental impacts of the retail sector are significant. The industry contributes approximately 215 million tonnes CO2 equivalent per year, through the lifecycle footprint of goods sold in the UK. This is about 80% more emissions than all road transport in the UK. 

Emissions can come from across the retail value chain: from farm and factory emissions, to transport and storage, down to the energy used by customers to power purchased devices and appliances. Food, drinks, and tobacco is by far the largest contributor to retail’s GHG emissions, contributing 62% of the 215 million tCO2e annually. 

Nature-based solutions have the potential to play a significant role in society’s shift to a carbon neutral economy. Research suggests that nature-based solutions can provide over one-third of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed between now and 2030 (UN). Additionally, planting locally means that the social and wellbeing benefits can be felt directly by your community. Carbon offset through local tree planting also garners proven commercial benefits ranging from improvements in customer loyalty and employee engagement, through to enhanced brand equity.

To achieve carbon neutral status, a business needs to reduce and offset the carbon they directly emit into the atmosphere (scope 1 & 2 emissions). Net zero takes it one step further to cover scope 3 emissions too, which include all other emissions up and down the value chain. Zero carbon on the other hand, means that no emissions are being produced by a product/service. 

The first step to reaching carbon neutral or net zero status is to have your carbon footprint calculated. The next step is to reduce emissions where possible. The final step is to offset your remaining emissions. Offsetting allows businesses to ‘balance’ out their carbon footprint, by funding emissions reductions elsewhere. You can choose to offset more than you produce if you wish your business to make a positive environmental impact.