Wednesday, 01 December 2010 14:24

Five CarbonFree®, Climate-Friendly Stocking Stuffers

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Here are some gift suggestions from our rigorous CarbonFree® Product Certification Program for products that have reduced their carbon footprint and have earned the CarbonFree® product label. For the coffee lover: Perk up their morning with a new brew and a new way of consuming coffee. Grounds for Change Coffee gracefully straddles the line between producing a quality product and engaging in socially, financially and environmentally responsible business practices. For the electronics lover: The latest gadget may already be sitting under the tree. Why not stuff their stocking this year with CarbonFree® Certified batteries. Eco Alkalines are certified carbon neutral and they're made without Cadmium, Lead, or Mercury. For the chef: Honey is a great ingredient for everything from apricot glazed chicken to baklava. The gourmand in your life will truly appreciate this pantry staple from Royal Hawaiian Honey. For the teenager: They’re too cool for a hand-knit Christmas sweater, so might as well get them a hoody they’ll actually wear. Anvil Knitwear, Inc., a socially and environmentally responsible manufacturer of sportswear and accessories, is a leader in the sustainable apparel industry with its AnvilOrganic®, AnvilRecycled™ and AnvilSustainable™ brands. For the cell phone enthusiast: When it comes to technology, some people revel in having the newest product on the market. It seems like everyone has a smartphone these days, but the Motorola CITRUS™ is the first in its class when it comes to “green tech,” with the phone’s housing made from 25% post-consumer recycled plastic, the packaging made from 80% post-consumer recycled paper, and Motorola balancing the carbon dioxide required to manufacture, distribute and operate the phone in support of third-party validated renewable energy and reforestation projects.
You can shop at home (or at your computer) and give a gift that also helps the climate. Check out Carbonfund.org’s 2010 Holiday Gifts for individuals and businesses. You'll find fun and practical gifts as well as stocking stuffers that support important climate projects. Plus, get a FREE Carbonfund.org grocery tote bag for gift purchases of $30 or more. Or, do more shopping and get two free totes for $50 or more. Click here to start shopping!
When you spend most of your time swimming, biking and running, you tend to be more conscious of the energy being consumed when you're just sitting in a car or plane. For the 2010 Keuka Lake Triathlon, race coordinator Score This!!! organized to have the athletes reduce the carbon footprint of the race by offsetting travel in support of Carbonfund.org's carbon reduction projects around the world. Nearly 600 athletes gathered at Keuka Lake to participate in the five events—the short triathlon, intermediate triathlon, aquabike, the duathlon and kids' triathlon—and participants offset 51,562 miles worth of travel. Score This!!! officiates dozens of races each year. Learn more about how you can reduce your event's carbon footprint here.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:38

Cooking a Better Turkey & Saving Energy

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Ever wanted a more moist turkey from your oven? You can also make your Thanksgiving greener by using a True Liberty™ Turkey Bag. Fresh on the scene, True Liberty Bags of Sonoma County is reducing its business operations' carbon footprint by partnering with Carbonfund.org. True Liberty has joined a national movement of businesses and organizations that are leading the fight against global warming. True Liberty Bags were created around the the growing need for a better way to access food storage and cooking bags with less packaging. The other advantage of cooking with a turkey bag? It can reduce the cooking time, thus saving energy use at home. "We really wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of other like-minded businesses. The bigger picture can be seen through the structure of its parts, and we are just one part, trying to do our part," said True Liberty's Daniel Martin. "Giving back to the environment means that we are giving back to our communities, its members, and its longevity."
Carbonfund.org is calling for the US to stay home from the UN climate negotiations in Cancun, which would give participating countries the ability to extend the term of the Kyoto Protocol or agree on a new emissions reduction treaty. Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org, said, "The US has been the 800-pound gorilla in the room at climate negotiations. As the largest global emitter per capita with enormous entourages at the meetings, all attention goes toward the US. Put simply, the problem is that there are not 67 votes in the US Senate to ratify any climate deal the President might negotiate. It's like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. The world needs to wise up and move the ball to a different field." Climate change is a global problem that requires an international effort to solve. Carbonfund.org is calling on countries to take action, at a minimum by extending the term of the Kyoto Protocol or by taking steps to build on the progress of the protocol and the voluntary carbon markets. "There are enough potential carbon buyers in the European Union, Japan, Australia and Canada and enough potential carbon sellers in China, India, Indonesia and Brazil to create a robust carbon reduction pact," said Carlson. Nearly a hundred other smaller countries could also sign onto a global pact. "We have the technical capability and market readiness to transform our global economy to one where clean energy costs less than dirty energy and efficient technology costs less than inefficient technology," added Carlson. "That is the goal."
Friday, 19 November 2010 18:32

Travel Greener with the Green Earth Guides

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When you travel abroad it doesn’t mean you have to rack up a lot of carbon emissions. Part of reducing what you can, offsetting what you can't is planning ahead. If you're thinking of a trip to Western Europe in the coming months, be sure to check out Dorian Yates’ Green Earth Guides. Already Dorian has written guides for France, Spain and just recently Switzerland. You can make your trip a more authentic experience and more eco-friendly if you experience local foods and flavor. Biking around the country can also help you see the sights better. Dorian's books are also now available for Amazon's e-book reader Kindle. When you're booking your trip or back from it, please consider offsetting your emissions in support of Carbonfund.org's third-party validated carbon reduction projects here.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:54

30 Days of Free Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

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The green-inspired lifestyle site, World of Green, kicked off a special holiday promotion today. 30 Days of Free Eco-Friendly Gifts lets you enter to win prizes that include plantable wrapping paper, toys, organic cotton clothing and bamboo robes. The grand finale is Carbonfund.org making a winner's home carbon neutral for a year in support of innovative projects that are fighting climate change today. World of Green is bringing together the largest selection of green products, solutions and information. The website chooses to feature products with the highest standards, in terms that are easy to understand. To enter, visit the World of Green website here.
Consumer products company and Carbonfund.org events partner Unilever has unveiled its Sustainable Living Plan, which uses the company's global reach to double sales while also halving the water, waste and carbon impacts of its products over the next 10 years. To achieve these goals, Unilever took into account the life-cycle of their products, from the sourcing of raw materials, manufacturing of products, transportation and storage, all the way to the waste produced by consumer use of these items. Unilever seeks to lead the consumer industry in reducing the environmental impact of their products and saving money in the process. Other goals for the Sustainable Living Plan include: • Sourcing 100 percent of agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2015, including 100% sustainable palm oil. Unilever buys three percent of the world's annual supply of palm oil. • Making drinking water safer in developing countries by extending sales of its Pureit home water purifier. • Improving standards of living by working with agencies such as Oxfam and the Rainforest Alliance to link 500,000 small-scale and related distributors to the Unilever supply chain. "Consumers want more," Unilever chief executive Paul Polman told the UK's Guardian newspaper. "They see food shortages, malnutrition and climate change, and governments are not addressing those problems. Companies that do this will get a competitive advantage. Those that do not will put themselves at risk."