Wednesday, 22 September 2010 08:43 Written by Ivan Chan
Choosing greener, environmentally sustainable office products is more important than ever in the U.S., as the amount of waste sent to landfills continues to rise. Dolphin Blue, a leading online retailer of green office products and printing, has joined Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree® Partner program as the next step in reducing its carbon footprint and supporting carbon reduction projects. Individual waste generation in the nation is about 4.5 pounds per person daily as of 2008, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, up from 4.4 pounds a decade earlier. The good news is that while Americans are on average still throwing away more, they are also recycling or opting for recycled products more. The country’s recycling rate stands at about 33 percent as of 2008, compared with about 28 percent a decade earlier. Dolphin Blue has helped close loop in recycling by supplying eco-friendly products to businesses from at least 20 percent post-consumer recycled material. In 1992, Dolphin Blue founder Tom Kemper, conducted the first public recycling event at the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. He collected and sorted 350 fifty-gallon bags of recyclable materials, but had little success finding anyone to accept them. Kemper realized that recycling works only when consumers and businesses are buying products made with recycled materials. He founded Dolphin Blue the following year. “Carbonfund.org is an organization that shares the values on which we have built our business,” said Kemper, Dolphin Blue’s CEO and president. “As Dolphin Blue continues to grow as an organization, our ecological footprint increases, and everything I’m able to do to offset that footprint creates value for future generations. Carbonfund.org assists us in meeting that challenge.” Eric Carlson, Carbonfund.org's president said, “Dolphin Blue, like Carbonfund.org, is making it easy and affordable for businesses to reduce their climate impact and become sustainable, not only in their operations but in their purchasing decisions. We are proud that Dolphin Blue is now part of our CarbonFree Partner program.” Dolphin Blue has expanded its eco-friendly product offering to include remanufactured laser toner and inkjet cartridges, business and academic calendars, stationery and other supplies, as well as post-consumer recycled paper. To further reduce its carbon footprint, the company sells only green printing and office supplies manufactured in the U.S. Dolphin Blue uses energy-efficient office equipment, sources energy from wind power, and reuses packing and other office materials. The company also supports third-party validated projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation in its partnership with Carbonfund.org.
Friday, 07 August 2009 15:36 Written by Chris Driver
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!
Friday, 17 June 2011 09:49 Written by Linda Kelly
Go west, young man! But do it with style. Meet Destination St. Louis, a full-service destination management and convention services company with 21 years experience serving visitors to St. Louis, specializing in complete event management, transportation logistics, custom tour programs, registration and more. When you work with Destination St. Louis, you select a dedicated team of professionals willing to give you the best in personalized service. Whether it’s an event for 500 at the Gateway Arch, a city-wide shuttle system or a tour program, their flexible, knowledgeable staff is always responsive to your changing needs. As experts in serving the St. Louis Metro area, Destination St. Louis can ensure that your group’s visit will be one they remember for years to come. Your guests’ first impression of a city can be a lasting one. Personalized meet and greet services at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, or other area airfields, will make the transfer to the hotel easy and comfortable. Whether you are planning transportation service for an individual VIP or a convention of thousands, Destination St. Louis meets the unique needs of your organization. Destination St. Louis is proud to provide carbon neutral shuttles for their clients. Fuel consumption will be calculated for each shuttle and an appropriate amount of carbon offsets — re-forestation, renewable energy credits or energy efficiency — will be selected by the client and offset through Carbonfund.org. Additionally, Destination St. Louis’ motorcoach affiliates have many “green” policies in place. They currently recycle all used oil, batteries, tires, antifreeze and transmission fluid. In addition they also recycle any used cans, bottles and paper products. All motorcoaches have a no idling policy that has been enforced for over two years. All vehicles are not allowed to idle their coaches for longer than 15 minutes. Additionally, their transportation companies use low-volume water sprayers and environmentally-friendly detergents to clean their vehicles. And let Destination St. Louis’ award-winning team plan your next event! From site selection to theme development, decor, menu, and entertainment, they provide imaginative solutions that are within your budget. From conception to reality, Destination St. Louis can help assure your event is the one they talk about for years! Destination St. Louis provides complete, customized tours that accommodate your group’s diverse interests. The rich cultural heritage of St. Louis and the surrounding area allows us to create tours that offer something for everyone. Spouse programs, tours and luncheons can be arranged at the finest locations St. Louis offers, from historic homes to world-class cultural attractions. So plan your next program in the Gateway to the West and let the team at Destination St. Louis make it the trip of a lifetime.
Monday, 07 March 2011 13:11 Written by Linda Kelly
Looking for an eco-friendly way to spruce up your spring wardrobe? Check out the clean, simple yet sophisticated designs at Annie & Jade by Annie Le. Inspired by the everyday girl and the classic "girl's night out," the philosophy of designer Annie Le is that every woman has at least two sides to her, so why not share both with the world? From everyday casual to a fabulous cocktail or evening dress, Annie & Jade by Annie Le strives to capture the full complexities of the contemporary woman while speaking to her eco-intelligence with the use of natural, organic, recycled and fair trade fabrics. It’s a line that speaks to a woman's spirit, her confidence, her power and sophisticated lifestyle while retaining relevance and ease. It's not about what's trendy; it's about what makes you feel like a woman. Vietnamese-American fashion designer Annie Le began her career in fashion as a young girl learning to sew by her mother's side, sketching designs, sewing, and as she grew older, sporting the latest trends and styles. Although fashion was always a major force in Annie's life, she pursued a Master's degree program in Integrated Marketing Communications and entered a career in advertising as an account executive for some of the most notable advertising agencies in Southern California. With fashion never far from her mind, Annie opened a small t-shirt clothing company in 2007, achieving mild success. This venture in the fashion industry gave her a taste of what she was capable of accomplishing and started her on the path of becoming a successful fashion designer. Annie's design aesthetics are quite simple. Creating clothes for women that rely on clean designs with strong silhouettes and construction, Annie ultimately designs clothes that compliment the female form. As Annie describes her philosophy on designing, "I want to make clothing that my female friends and family members would feel comfortable and confident wearing. But just as important, I want to bring the eco-luxury element into my clothing, offering the contemporary customer a green option for day and evening luxury." Anne Le uses eco-friendly (including recycled), organic and natural fabrics. These fabrics are sustainable and cause less harm to the environment. “Because the fabrics are eco-friendly and made of natural fibers, there is a superior level of comfort. The clothing is breathable, feels good against a woman’s skin, and is made to show off her curves,” confirmed Le. Read on to learn more about the fabrics they use and how this strengthens their commitment to the environment. Annie Le extends her environmental commitment to partnering with Carbonfund.org in order to invest in projects today that are essential to solving the climate crisis. Check out the Spring Collection Look Book for some great new styles, inspired by the promise of springtime and sunshine. And get 15% off when you pre-order from the Spring '11 Collection and enter Promo Code PREORDER11 Visit http://shop.annieandjade.com/ to shop today, and watch for Annie Le's styles in boutiques and small chain stores throughout Southern California, as well as many online shopping sites soon.
Advanced Dental Arts, a CarbonFree® Partner in Scituate, MA, helps to change lives with a smile and helps to save the Earth with their commitment to the environment. Advanced Dental Arts is conscious of the fact that they generate a large volume of medical waste every single day. The instruments and materials used cannot generally be recycled due to health hazards. To help alleviate this problem, they invested in digital x-rays, and over the last year, switched to full computerization and have gotten rid of all paper patient records. Advanced Dental Arts is a shining example of a business doing its part by reducing what they can, offsetting what they can’t.
Drexelius Chocolates is a partner of ours with a commitment to going green that extends from their business operation all the way to the owner’s personal life. Molly Drexelius is Chief Chocolate Taster and Owner of Drexelius Chocolates, which is an online company that specializes in unique chocolate events and online sales of premium, all-natural chocolate bars. Molly is devoted to great chocolate: where it comes from, how it is grown and processed, what it tastes like and helping to raise awareness of fine chocolate. Her close relationship with the chocolate makers allows her to research, gain understanding and carry better products. “Drexelius Chocolates is doing our part locally, but we want to make a difference globally. By partnering with Carbonfund.org, we support the larger changes that we want to share with the world.” As a partner, Drexelius is supporting Carbonfund.org's third-party verified offset projects to help reduce carbon emissions & fight global warming. Molly also plans on searching the world for the best chocolate and bringing it right to your fingertips at their website!
Thursday, 31 March 2011 17:54 Written by Linda Kelly
Yearning for yarn of pure quality and a wide variety of colors and texture? Ecobutterfly Organic's mission is to provide knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers with a very "green" and high quality source for all kinds of certified organic cotton yarn, hemp and fiber, with a vital focus on vegan and Fair Trade products. They also provide arts and crafts accessories, including knitting needles, beautiful recycled glass buttons and more, that are strictly eco-organic and/or recycled only. Ecobutterfly started as an offshoot to a knit shop that was started by Stephanie Schiff’s grandmother in 1955. Bea's Knit Shop has been a cornerstone in the knitting community of Los Angeles for over 50 years, and Stephanie ran the business with her grandmother starting in 1988 until her grandmother Bea passed away in 1997. “I learned so much from her and I cherish everything she passed on to me. She was the best and I miss her more than anyone,” says Stephanie. Stephanie’s love for organics, vegetarianism and 30 years of learning the knitting craft from her grandmother was a perfect combination for her business path. She knew that she wanted to carry organic cotton yarns and other natural items, and she wanted to make sure that she could find sources for certified organics and Fair Trade goods when possible. She made the decision never to offer highly chemical processed synthetic rayon yarns just because they are made from natural fibers such as bamboo, soy, corn, tencel, banana, etc. These natural fibers are made into a chemical soup and extruded like spaghetti to make the silky "rayon" yarns – not an eco-friendly result. All of the cotton yarn they sell are organic, using no chemicals or pesticides to grow the cotton and no chemical processes used on the raw picked cotton to the finished yarn product. The yarns are very soft and wash very well. The “color grown” yarns often get deeper in color with hot water and machine drying, while most conventional dyes fade over time. For example, their Peruvian Mariposa certified organic and Fair Trade cotton yarn is a roving yarn core wrapped with fine threads for a fantasy texture. This organic cotton yarn is not only hand brushed, rustic and very soft, but hand harvested and wood vat dyed by hand with organic eco-friendly dyes in 28 naturally-derived, vegetable-based colors. Small variations in color may result from the artisanal process which adds to the beauty and uniqueness of this yarn. The Ecobutterfly Organics web site is powered by the wind and sun, and they contribute to Carbonfund for offsets to help reforestation projects. And their environmentally friendly business practices didn't stop there. Customer service is a high priority, and all orders are sent out the same or the next business day unless otherwise specified. Ecobutterfly insists on reusing packaging with the highest percentage of post consumer recycled paper and shipping materials available, as well as 100% Non-GMO (NO corn PLA), sustainable and biodegradable cellulose in place of plastic. They keep unnecessary paperwork for shipped orders down to a minimum, and all information is sent via e-mail for customers' records. Stephanie dedicates the Ecobutterfly Organics website to the memory of her Grandma Bea, and we join her in saying “Thank you, Grandma Bea, for your beautiful inspiration.” Visit her website to plan your next handicrafts project and be inspired by her legacy.
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 12:39 Written by Ivan Chan
With Dec. 31 approaching, please consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation to Carbonfund.org to fight global warming today! Through the environmental leadership and support of donors, Carbonfund.org in 2009:
- Reached 5 billion pounds of CO2 reduced through carbon reduction projects around the globe;
- Supported innovative projects like India's Neria low-impact hydroelectric project which generates clean power, helps create jobs and local investment in clean technologies;
- Received the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS) and Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) dual validation for the 1,870 acre Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Reforestation Project in Louisiana;
- Certified new products including Motorola's Renew W233 mobile phone as CarbonFree®, the leading carbon neutral product label in the world;
- Joined the 1Sky, 350, TckTckTck, and the Clean Energy Works coalitions;
- Was featured in USA Today, US News, Mother Nature Network, among many others, and participated in Earth Day on the National Mall;
- Participated in Maya Lin's What is Missing? campaign on deforestation;
- Added Motorola, Transamerica, Samsung and numerous small and start-up businesses to the CarbonFree® business program, promoting the message: "Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can't™."