Dolphin Blue, an online retailer of environmentally sustainable “green” products and a Carbonfree® Business Partner for the past five years, has launched its Green Office Starter Kit bundle, to help make it easy for businesses to try “green” office products.
Founded in 1994 on the belief that we can all consume responsibly, Dolphin Blue provides high quality non-toxic and post-consumer recycled content products, so that environmentally conscious companies and individuals can purchase products aligning with their values.
Dolphin Blue’s own commitment to Carbonfree® operations has neutralized almost 718,000 pounds of greenhouse gases over the past five years, equivalent to planting 8350 tree seedlings and allowing them to grow for ten years.
The Green Office Starter Kit bundles include products that Dolphin Blue uses in its own office, so they are well-tested and endorsed. Dolphin Blue is offering the starter kits to make it easy for someone who is looking to make their workplace environment more sustainable.
We all can make a difference in our product choices and work environments, and that is what Dolphin Blue is all about - making it easy for each of us to be responsible in what we consume with their assortment of green printing, office, home, children's toys and pet supplies. Carbonfund.org is honored to partner with Dolphin Blue in their efforts to Make Green Waves at Home and Work™.
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- green office starter kits
- help make green waves
- environmentally sustainable products
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- CarbonFree Business Partner
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- green office products
- environmentally conscious companies
- CarbonFree Operations
- neutralized carbon emissions
- greenhouse gases
- planting trees
There’s a full year to go before the 2016 US Presidential Election, and things are heating up already. Irrespective of political views, we all make basic consumer purchasing decisions each day that can impact our environment.
OneBern is offering Bernie Sanders’ supporters a line of t-shirts made from 60% hemp and 40% organic cotton. The website provides a “hemp 101” list comparing hemp as a more environmentally safe product material to wood, cotton, plastic and petroleum-based products.
In addition, OneBern uses only water-based inks for its t-shirts and has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon footprint from shipping products to consumers. For each t-shirt sold and shipped to its customers, OneBern makes a donation to Carbonfund.org that is used to purchase and retire third-party validated and verified carbon offsets in forestry projects around the world.
While OneBern is supporting its own political causes and candidate, it’s also offering high quality t-shirts focused on making the world a better, lower carbon and more sustainable place.
Looking for holiday gifts with a greater impact than merely delighting the recipient?
Check out new Carbonfree® Business Partner Impact Consumer, which has just launched their online consumer goods site focused on providing products from companies that actively give back for each product purchased.
Impact Consumer is an E-Commerce marketplace for products with a positive environmental or social impact, seeking to create a meaningful consumer experience. From futbol/soccer ball and skateboard companies that give one for every one purchased, to a sunglasses company that supports Optometry Giving Sight, a candle company creating jobs for US refugees, and a children’s books publisher that supports clean drinking water initiatives, Impact Consumer’s featured products also focus on sustainable and Fair Trade materials.
Learn more about Impact Consumer and the products that give back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDi-5tvb63I
Not only do the products they sell help to improve the world through social and environmental initiatives, but Impact Consumer has taken the additional step to balance all of the carbon dioxide generated from shipping the products to purchasers, and 25% of the company’s net profits will go to support their non-profit partners and ImpactConsumer outreach programs.
Founder and CEO Connor Eberhart says it very clearly: “As consumers, we directly support the practices of the companies we buy from, so let’s choose to purchase products from companies who are improving our planet.”
Impact Consumer has chosen to support Carbonfund.org and our carbon emissions reduction and mitigation projects, in order to neutralize its own operating emissions and product-to-consumer shipping emissions, thus lessening its own environmental impact on our world.
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- carbonfree shipping
- give back
- holiday gifts
- consumer goods
- online shopping
- positive environmental impact
- positive social impact
- meaningful consumer experience
- environmental initiatives
- improving our planet
- carbon emissions reduction
- carbon mitigation projects
- neutralize emissions
Talk about planes, trains and automobiles!
When Al Roker, beloved weatherman of the Today Show on NBC, set off last week to deliver the weather forecast from each of the US fifty states in seven days, it was clear that it would take a lot of efficient transportation to get it done and achieve this ambitious goal.
It also creates a lot of carbon dioxide emissions to do this type of travel in a week, but the Today Show and Rokerthon2 decided to ‘do the right thing’ and neutralize the total estimated travel emissions from those planes, trains and automobiles by making a donation to Carbonfund.org Foundation. Rokerthon2’s travel emissions offset donation will support third-party validated and verified carbon emissions reduction and offset projects in the US.
Today, on “MonsterMonday”, Al will travel to and deliver the forecast in thirteen states!
Until there is a truly zero-emissions way to travel, the only option is to make smart travel decisions and to neutralize the carbon dioxide emissions associated with that travel. Carbonfund.org is thrilled to help Al and the Today Show weather team achieve Rokerthon2 as a carbon neutral travel event.
Pearl Jam Voluntarily Offsets Latin American Tour Dates with $54,000 USD Investment to Mitigate Its 2015 Carbon EmissionsWritten by Linda
The Band Will Invest This Money In Two REDD+ Projects In South America:
Conservation International’s Alto Mayo Project in Peru +
Carbonfund.org Foundation’s Valparaiso Amazon Rainforest Project in Brazil
Pearl Jam will perform before nearly half-a-million fans on its tour of Latin America, which kicks off on November 4, 2015 in Santiago, Chile and wraps up on November 28 in Mexico City.A complete list of tour dates are listed here: www.pearljam.com/tour
As they’ve done for over a decade, the band will offset carbon dioxide emissions resulting from their 2015 live performances through strategic investments in carbon mitigation projects. Their two newest investments are both certified REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation ‘plus’) projects in South America: Conservation International’s Alto Mayo Project in Peru and Carbonfund.org Foundation’s Valparaiso Amazon Rainforest Project in Brazil.
“I think it’s good to acknowledge the negative impacts our business has on the planet, right alongside the positive ones. We tour. Our tours emit carbon dioxide. We are constantly looking at ways to reduce and mitigate that. Our strategy has been to essentially ‘tax’ ourselves for our CO2-equivalent emissions, and invest that money into carbon mitigation projects. Hopefully this will serve as inspiration for other businesses and governments exploring ways to offset their carbon footprints,” says Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard.
Pearl Jam have been tracking their tour-related carbon emissions since 2003, and to-date have made mitigation investments totaling over $500,000 USD. The band’s full carbon mitigation history is here: http://www.pearljam.com/activism/carbon-mitigation
ASSETs for Life scientist Michael Totten helps the band identify its biggest carbon dioxide culprits on tour. For Pearl Jam, this includes: band and crew air travel, hotels, truck and freight travel, power at venues, and fan transportation to and from the shows.
The Conservation International and Carbonfund.org Foundation projects that Pearl Jam is investing in this year are certified at the highest levels, and structured to help fight the negative impacts of climate change while providing real benefits to the local communities.
Carbonfund.org’s Valparaiso Amazon Rainforest Project in Brazil also is a certified REDD+ project and achieved Gold Level Distinction to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) due to the Project’s exceptional community benefits. The Project undertook a forest carbon inventory, modeled regional deforestation and land-use patterns, and is mitigating deforestation pressures by utilizing payments for the Project’s ecosystem services, along with ongoing monitoring of the climate, community and biodiversity impacts of the Project. More information on the Project can be found here: http://www.climate-standards.org/2013/07/18/the-valparaiso-project/
“We’re thrilled to partner with Pearl Jam in this important environmental initiative to neutralize the impact of the band’s Brazil tour dates this November,” says Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. “Their ongoing leadership and commitment to ‘walking the walk’ should inspire their fans and other performers to follow Pearl Jam’s lead. Our forest preservation and biodiversity conservation projects in Brazil are so critical to protecting the Amazon Rainforest and helping to fight the negative impacts of climate change.”
Faced with industry-wide wastefulness, Blum & Poe, with artist exhibitions in its gallery locations in Los Angeles, Tokyo and New York City, considered how to implement a “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” strategy to bring about a more sustainable workplace. As a response, the gallery has committed to lowering its environmental impact through energy efficiency, recycling programs, waste reduction management, and water conservation.
Through this process, Blum & Poe made a commitment to participate in the Arts:Earth Partnership (AEP), an environmentally sustainable certification and materials resource exchange program specifically developed for the creative sector in Los Angeles. By completing AEP's certification process, Blum & Poe's Los Angeles gallery location has become one of the first green-certified contemporary art galleries in the United States.
In addition to becoming Arts:Earth certified, the LA gallery purchased carbon credits from Carbonfund.org to offset its carbon footprint for business travel and artwork transportation. By making a donation to Carbonfund.org to offset a corresponding quantity of carbon emissions through supporting the carbon dioxide reductions in the Seneca Meadows Landfill Gas-to-Energy project, Blum & Poe neutralized the environmental impact of its unavoidable travel and transportation emissions. The goal is to be carbon neutral by the end of 2015.
In order to achieve the Arts:Earth Partnership certification and advocate positive changes in environmental sustainability, Blum & Poe uses stationery printed on 100 percent post-consumer waste paper, reuses/recycles construction materials, install a weather-based irrigation system for the gallery's drought-tolerant garden and low-flow aerators on all faucets, partner with businesses that use sustainable practices, and spread the word on the importance of these standards.
Blum & Poe will continue beyond the AEP certification process and make strides in its daily operations. The LA gallery invested in solar panels installed on the building's roof, which will reduce energy consumption by 30 percent. AEP's guidelines will be instrumental in transitioning Blum & Poe's gallery locations in New York and Tokyo to operate within the same environmentally sustainable framework.
Blum & Poe is hopeful that other art galleries and art professionals will join in going green. Carbonfund.org applauds these efforts and is pleased to partner with Blum & Poe in their ongoing environmental conservation initiatives.
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- Reduce reuse recycle
- sustainable workplace
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- energy efficiency
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- creative sector
- Los Angeles gallery
- greencertified contemporary art galleries
- carbon credits
- carbon dioxide reductions
- Seneca Meadows Landfill GastoEnergy project
- neutralized environmental impact
- unavoidable travel emissions
- unavoidable transportation emissions
- carbon neutral
- postconsumer waste paper
- solar panels
- environmental conservation initiatives
The Envira Amazonia Project involves numerous local and international partners that will collectively protect nearly 500,000 acres in the Amazon Rainforest – the world’s largest rainforest - from conversion to large-scale cattle ranches and prevent millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Avoided deforestation projects are critical because about 15 percent of global warming is attributed to deforestation, which reduces the Earth's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. Moreover, fallen trees decompose and release methane, a heat-trapping gas about 23 times more potent than CO2.
The Envira Amazonia Project is now being reviewed for verification to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction for exceptional biodiversity and community benefits, along with Gold Distinction for climate change adaptation measures.
To review the complete Project Documents and submit comments for the Envira Amazonia Project, please visit the following link during the official Public Comment Period of October 7, 2015 to November 6, 2015: http://www.climate-standards.org/2014/10/21/envira-amazonia-project/
The Envira Amazonia Project is a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) project that shall mitigate deforestation, preserve extraordinary biodiversity, and provide alternative economic opportunities to local communities.
Social projects and activities to mitigate deforestation pressures and benefit the local communities include, but are not limited to: agricultural extension training courses; boat patrols of potential deforestation sites; improving local schools and health clinics; and developing local infrastructure to collect, transport and sell locally-sourced açaí, medicinal plants and rubber.
The Envira Amazonia Project is also providing a variety of essential ecosystem services such as: erosion and flood control; water cycling, filtration and storage; oxygen production and nutrient recycling; and habitat for thousands of native Amazonian plant and animal species including several vulnerable tree species and numerous endemic bird species.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
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New Carbonfree®Business Partner Maison Zahara is a lifestyle brand and online boutique offering ethically sourced products for the home and personal wear, made in non-mechanized ways using high quality local ingredients. The company’s work reflects its philosophy that aesthetic beauty and sustainability are not mutually exclusive; environmental mindfulness is truly luxurious.
“Our future depends on community, preservation, protection of peoples, cultures and traditions,” explains Marisela Feldman, Founder and CEO of Maison Zahara. “Maison Zahara is committed to providing conscious consumers with a sustainable alternative to ubiquitous mass production. Developing strong partnerships with organizations such as Carbonfund.org is less of a choice and more of a responsibility of any scalable business in today's world.”
Maison Zahara’s business is structured to bridge the gap between social and environmental sustainability, as they are of equal importance, yet the former is often overlooked. Sourcing products directly from specific peoples and cultures with a mastery in their particular craft allows Maison Zahara the opportunity to add authenticity to its overall mission. The careful curation of its artist/partner network is an important aspect of the company’s responsibility as a sustainable business. Extending this environmental responsibility to carbon neutral operations further demonstrates Maison Zahara’s commitment to a philosophy and practice of environmental mindfulness and stewardship.
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- CarbonFree Business Partner
- environmental mindfulness
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- ethically sourced products
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