Monday, 10 August 2009 13:59

YouRenew.com Makes Splash with Giant iPhone 3GS

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Rich Littlehale, Co-founder of YouRenewDressed as a giant iPhone, Carbonfund.org CarbonFree® Partner YouRenew.com's Co-Founder Rich Littlehale greeted customers at Apple’s flagship store in Midtown Manhattan. He spread the word of environmental responsibility by encouraging all 3GS buyers to recycle their old cell phones. YouRenew’s innovative approach pays you to recycle your old electronics. It’s simple: Just look up your electronic device, answer a few simple questions about it, ship it, and get paid! On top of that, YouRenew allows you to choose Carbonfund.org’s Renewable Energy projects as the recipient of a donation they make on every recycled electronic device. So today, why don’t you join me and make the YouRenew pledge: "From today forward, I promise that I will recycle all of my electronic devices, to promote a more efficient and clean world."
Rich Littlehale, Co-founder of YouRenew.com
Monday, 10 August 2009 11:12

Some #musicmonday love for @mojaveband

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Vancouver-based band, Mojave, is donating 10% of their album sales to Carbonfund.org to reduce the environmental impact of their tour. Check out this video of "Lights Out", a beautiful song written for Earth Hour. Buy their album, Crow's Funeral>>
Our CarbonFree® partner, Digitope Limited, develops innovative software for working effectively with music, photos and icons. When it comes to taking care of the environment, Digitope is committed to reducing their impact. All Digitope software is sold and delivered over the internet. By distributing their product in an entirely digital manner, they are saving the production of discs, packaging and shrink-wrap and eliminating the need to travel to a store. Digitope makes usage of energy-efficient computers and equipment, recycled paper and their offices are lit with efficient CFL lighting. Software companies across the world are starting to realize great cost savings by switching over to an all-digital distribution model, which not only cuts costs, but prevents a lot of unnecessary materials from being produced. Digitope provide another fantastic example of a company that is committing to reducing what they can!
EMPSi is a consulting firm providing environmental compliance and permitting services to government agencies and private clients. The company focuses on projects expected to have a positive impact on the planet, such as those involving renewable energy and sustainable land and resource management planning. empsiAlso, the company donates 10 percent of net profits to charities, focusing on projects that better the environment. The company operates as paper-free as it can, has flexible work-from-home policies, encourages the use of public transit in commutes, and offsets its carbon footprint. The company's tagline, "Bringing clarity to the complex™," means it has handled complex projects and has applied science, analysis, and creativity to achieve realistic, implementable solutions. Learn more at www.empsi.com.

EMPSi is an consulting firm that provides environmental compliance and permitting services to government agencies and private clients. We focus on projects that have a positive impact on the planet, such as those involving renewable energy and sustainable land and resource management planning.

bold interactiveBold Interactive specializes in online marketing—helping businesses promote their work online through online advertising and SEO. They have already started to address their climate impact by implementing a policy where every employee telecommutes three days a week and they source supplies and services locally. Now, they have gone above and beyond their commitment and are offsetting 200% of their climate impact. As I have gotten to know Bold Interactive’s work better, I’m more impressed with their thoughtful approach not only to their business model but to online marketing. Their article, “Top 10 Steps To 10x Your Online Marketing Effectiveness” is a must-read if you want to learn about how to prioritize your online marketing efforts. Learn more about Bold Interactive and Carbonfund.org’s new partnership!
A CarbonFree® partner since 2007 the Quail Roost Foundation makes national and international grants in the fields of All Creatures, Education, Emergency Relief, Health, Home Community, Justice, and Sustainability. By domestic and worldwide standards, their resources are small and are generally directed to organizations and projects for which small amounts can make a measurably large impact.   Feeling that their mission should apply not only to their grant-making practices, but also to their everyday lives and activities, the Quail Roost Foundation has made a great effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. Throughout the Foundation's first five years their principal administration operated solely on solar and wind-power. They have also partnered with us to offset the carbon footprint resulting from travel to their annual board meeting by supporting our Return to Forest project in Nicaragua. Since its inception, Quail Roost Foundation has allocated grant funds to non-profit organizations working to increase conservation, provide clean and healthy environments, and care for wildlife and domestic animals.  They are committed to continuing to fund projects that enhance the sustainability and well-being of our world by supporting efforts in education, conservation and protection.   To learn more visit http://quailroostfoundation.org.
Kimberly-Clark has set a goal to source all of its paper goods from sustainably-forested or recycled wood. That means the next time you buy any paper product from them—even their flagship brand Kleenex—you’ll know that even trees can get victories these days. Here are the details:
  • By the end of 2011, Kimberly-Clark will ensure that 40 percent of its North American tissue fiber – representing an estimated 600,000 tones – is either recycled or FSC certified.
  • Also by the end of 2011, Kimberly-Clark will eliminate the purchase of any fiber from the Canadian Boreal Forest that is not FSC certified.
Read more about the “Kleercut” campaign, which was lead by Greenpeace, on their blog. Canada's Boreal Forest is a huge carbon sink for north America. It covers 1.3 billion acres, 80% of which is untrammeled by roads and logging. This is a huge victory for the climate, but I have to express my sadness that we will not get more discussions like this classic one from Fox News. Sign, but we can remember...enjoy!
Thursday, 06 August 2009 14:27

Protect Your Skin this August with EcoStinger

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ecostingerLogoThis month, millions of beach-goers will hit the sand and waves to enjoy the summer weather.  After all, what better way to celebrate summer than spending a day (or week!) at the beach?  While you're enjoying yourself, keep in mind that protection from the sun's damaging UV rays is important while you're at the beach (and don't forget to offset your travel to the shore!).  This summer, team up with CarbonFree® Partner EcoStinger to provide you and your family the best protection. EcoStinger offers high quality sun protective clothing for both children and adults.  Since most skin damage occurs before the age of 15, protecting you and your children at a young age is vital to ensuring lasting skin health.  With over seven years in the sun protection clothing industry, EcoStinger fabric is tested by the Australian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Agency and given the highest rating of UPF50+ (their clothes block over 97.5% of the sun's rays!).  Chlorine resistant, water repellent, breathable, and quick-drying are the features you will enjoy in your new EcoStinger outfit. If you're swimming, skiing, surfing, boating, cycling, or running, sun protective clothing from EcoStinger can help guard your skin from the sun's harmful radiation.  To learn more about their products visit www.ecostinger.com.  For 10% off, use coupon code ECOWIM at checkout.  Remember, there's free shipping on orders over $59 in the US and you get a free swimsuit if your order is over $59.