The Butterfly Effect
The Checkerspot butterfly is a constant reminder that small changes can have massive impacts.
That small actions can have large effects. Learn below how we are taking action and driving towards a post-petroleum future and how you can join us.
IT'S IN OUR mRNA
Founded as a public benefit corporation in 2016, Checkerspot is committed to high standards of purpose, accountability and transparency.
As disclosed in our Certificate of Incorporation, our purpose is to achieve the following public benefits:
BIOMANUFACTURING X MANUFACTURING
How We Make Our Materials
Biotechnology and manufacturing industries have become siloed resulting in an innovation and application gap. By harnessing the innovation of biomanufacturing, we are able to make our materials with less waste and GHG emissions while also promoting environmental stewardship with renewable energy.
Our Alameda HQ is run on 100% renewable electricity (wind generated) and our Design Lab in Salt Lake City uses 100% renewable energy (solar electricity and renewable natural gas).Learn More
What is in our products
Microalgae is the progenitor of all higher plants. Every one of our microalgal cells is a natural oil producing powerhouse. Microalgae oil provides one of the most sustainable triglyceride oils in the world, with a significantly lower carbon footprint than petroleum or plant based oils.Learn More
Sustainability Should Not Be Exclusive
How our products and operations impact our local communities
We believe in the democratization of our materials and tools for innovative product development for the betterment of local communities. Open handed innovation is key to creating long lasting impact and tackling the climate crisis.LEARN MORE
We are proud to be a B Corp™
“It is rewarding to work toward something which is at once very quantifiable, but that allows us to continually improve year on year as our business grows and evolves. We see this as a strong validation of our chosen path, bringing new, more sustainable, high performance materials to consumers and other industries that are better for the planet. We are proud to be joining the B Corp community who have committed to using business as a force for good.”
– Scott Franklin, CSO and co-founder of Checkerspot
We are proud to be a part of the USDA BioPreferred Program, which aims to empower consumers to identify products with biobased content and reduce our reliance on petroleum. Wherever you see a USDA Certified Biobased label on our products, it means they have been verified as meeting or exceeding the required biobased content for their product category. With certification from the USDA BioPreferred Program, we commit to showing the exact amount of renewable, nature-derived material contained in each product.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
We are committed to a thriving global community
In recognition of our role within a larger global context and after considering the best fit and overlap with the public benefits disclosed in our Certificate of Incorporation, we have chosen to actively work toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals SDG 9, SDG 12, and SDG 13.