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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Voxmicro, a leading technology group with prime focus in radio-frequency components, platforms and other network solutions has adopted the AIRETOS brand for its OEM and RF modular designs and wireless platforms. 

With the introduction of its new brand, VoxMicro is also reemphasizing its pledge to the environmental cause. VoxMicro made a commitment to “zero out” the carbon footprint of its logistics and IT operations, and to provide carbon neutral shipping.  Since 2008, VoxMicro has achieved these goals through its Carbonfree® Business Partnership program with Carbonfund.org.  By supporting energy efficiency projects that produce measurable carbon emission reductions, VoxMicro neutralizes its own operational emissions.   

VoxMicro’s environmental initiatives extend beyond carbon neutral operations to use of eco-friendly packaging and shipping materials, minimized corporate travel, and active participation in recycling programs, material control and hazardous substances regulation compliance. 

AIRETOS is a celebration of those efforts aiming to represent ethical and environmental ways for designing, manufacturing and operating exciting new technologies in the domain of RF Connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Moving forward, VoxMicro will maintain its commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its products and will be staying at the forefront of active green rebellion for sustainability and preservation. VoxMicro believes it is important to protect our environment and will continue to search for new avenues that protect the environment without sacrificing product and service performance. VoxMicro LTD Group is on the forefront of pursuing operational sustainability and environmental preservation, and Carbonfund.org is proud to partner in these efforts.

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Scientists predict that in 50 years we’ll have lost almost 70% of our natural reefs.  “Which is quite a heavy statistic,” says environmentally inspired artist, Jason deCaires Taylor.  He is the focus of a documentary named, Angel Azul, exploring the weaving of art with an important environmental solution; the creation of artificial coral reefs.

You may be asking yourself why coral reefs are important to humans.  The fact is that they’re important for several reasons.  The first is that they provide us with resources and services worth many billions of dollars each year; namely through food, protection and jobs.  Coral reef ecosystems support commercial and recreational fisheries and are tourism-related destinations that inject billions of dollars to local economies.  Furthermore, healthy coral reefs are a natural shoreline buffer helping to protect us from waves, storms and floods.  Lastly, coral reef plants and animals are important sources of new medicines being developed to treat cancer, arthritis, human bacterial infections, heart disease, viruses and other diseases.

"As humans continue to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the climate is … on the threshold of a new regime, with dire consequences for reef ecosystems unless we get control of climate change," said Richard Aronson, a biology professor at Florida Institute of Technology.  He continues to add, "Local issues like pollution and overfishing are major destructive forces and they need to be stopped, but they are trumped by climate change, which right now is the greatest threat to coral reefs."

Taylor founded the Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA) in Cancun, Mexico, installing 400 life-like cement statues made from plaster molds of a diverse selection of human models.  The documentary is named for a sculpture of an angel with outstretched arms and Gorgonian coral wings that gently flutter with the tide.  The hope is that the Angel Azul will symbolize a guardian of the reef, protecting and nourishing the aquatic life around her.  This kinetic sculpture is the first to be installed underwater.

Angel Azul the movie also features Paul Sánchez-Navarro, Director of The Ecological Center in Akumal, Mexico explaining the fragile state of the Yucatán's coral reefs and proposing solutions for their survival. The documentary’s narration is provided by actor, writer and social activist, Peter Coyote.

“Obviously this type of work is quite different from normal art projects. Because the main objective of it is about conservation; making an artificial reef, increasing the biomass underwater, creating habitat areas, aggregating fish” says Taylor. 

Coral reefs are resilient.  They can recover and re-grow, but only if climate change can be mitigated or reversed.  We need to examine our lifestyles and find ways to reduce energy use.  It will help our wallets and the environment.

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Carbonfund.org is excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Cause.it to provide a simple way that mobile app users can share their favorite causes and earn points towards “cool stuff” along the way.

By sharing envirosearch.org on Cause.it, users will help Carbonfund.org plant trees and support clean air technologies.  And as Cause.it users share envirosearch.org, they’ll be earning points to redeem through Cause.it for goods and services available in their own communities.  

"We wanted to bring awareness to all of the great environmental initiatives that Carbonfund.org has going on and really liked the cause that envirosearch.org was out to support. We feel bringing increased awareness to efforts such as envirosearch.org truly helps technology change the world," emphasized Cause.it creator Gagan Dhillon. 

Share envirosearch.org on Cause.it to spread the word and help plant more trees.

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