There have been a variety of studies published in recent years showing that vegan and vegetarian diets produce a lower carbon footprint than omnivore or carnivore diets. Raw vegans further reduce their dietary footprint by greatly reducing the energy used to prepare foods. But what about the locavore movement and efforts to source food as close to home as possible?
Live Superfoods, a purveyor of raw, organic, vegan foods and nutritional supplements, recognized that their healthy diet options often came from distant lands, thus increasing the carbon footprint due to packaging materials and shipping emissions. In order to reduce these emissions, Live Superfoods took several steps to reuse and recycle shipping cartons and packing materials wherever possible, use recycled paper tape for sealing shipments and recyclable fill materials instead of bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts. Then, to neutralize the remaining shipping emissions, Live Superfoods joined the CarbonFree® Business Partnership program four years ago. The CarbonFree® Partner program makes it simple and affordable for Live Superfoods to mitigate its remaining operational emissions, including all shipping emissions and all employee commuting emissions, on an annual basis.
Live Superfoods purchases enough carbon offsets from Carbonfund.org to offset the shipment of products not only from their warehouse to their customers, but also from their global suppliers to the distribution warehouse. Consequently, their products have a lower carbon footprint than what most locavores consider local.
"As individuals, we're extremely excited about the locavore movement. But since Live Superfoods specializes in superfoods that are typically grown in exotic places, our company hasn't been able to participate,” explains Tom Burke, CEO of Live Superfoods. “Now, by purchasing carbon offsets from Carbonfund.org, we're able to import and deliver our foods to the ultimate consumer carbon-free. Our products now have a smaller carbon footprint than foods delivered by farmers to the local farmers' market!"
Live Superfoods also participates in their power company’s Blue SkySM Renewable Energy program, which supports a blend of 100% Pacific Northwest renewable resources from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. This initiative further neutralizes Live Superfoods’ annual operational emissions, and together with the CarbonFree® Business Partnership, underscores Live Superfoods’ leadership position as a truly sustainable provider of healthy raw vegan foods, supplements and personal care products.
Spring is here and the lawn mowers are beginning to rumble. As you weigh your lawn maintenance choices, consider the following:
- Gas-powered lawn and gardening equipment contribute to 5% of the U.S.’s air pollution
- In one hour, one gasoline-powered lawn mower:
- pollutes the same as 40 late model cars
- emits the same amount of carbon dioxide as driving a new car 350 miles
- Almost 600 million gallons of gas are used in the U.S. for lawn mowers each year
- Hearing loss is possible at 85 decibels (dB) with gas-powered landscaping equipment operating between 85 dB and 110 dB.
For homeowners in the Montgomery County, MD area, there’s a cleaner new alternative to lawn care. New CarbonFree® Business Partner A.I.R. Lawn Care is an eco-friendly lawn care company that uses electric-powered lawn equipment charged with solar panels mounted on their trucks and trailers. A.I.R. stands for Atmosphere, Improvement and Renewal, and A.I.R. Lawn Care’s mission is to improve and renew the atmosphere while providing quality lawn care services.
To augment their sustainability and in recognition that they can’t eliminate all of their business-related carbon emissions, A.I.R. Lawn Care took the additional step to mitigate remaining operational emissions by joining the CarbonFree® Business Partnership program.
“Being a member of the original “green” industry, A.I.R. Lawn Care has always had a commitment to take care of the environment. However, we strive to do this in the most responsible way. We challenge homeowners to do the same by taking the A.I.R. Dare™ and using eco-friendly lawn care,” explains Zack Kline, CEO and Founder of A.I.R. Lawn Care. “As part of being responsible, we chose to partner with Carbonfund.org to offset any carbon emissions generated from other activities of our operations. Carbonfund.org provides us the credibility to validate our carbon offsetting initiatives.”
We can all take steps to reduce carbon emissions by closely examining our daily activities and seeking out more energy efficient choices and cleaner energy solutions. Check your area for alternative lawn care solutions and environmentally responsible leaders in the lawn care industry like A.I.R. Lawn Care. Your family, neighbors, friends and the environment will all benefit.
The CarbonFree® Business Partnership program was launched in 2007 with the goal of helping businesses of all sizes – start-ups through global Fortune 1000s – to make a commitment to environmentally-sustainable operations and to keep that commitment for the long haul.
Six years later, we’re honoring over 100 small businesses that have been consistent CarbonFree® Business Partners for the past five and six years. One of these businesses is Moxie Bookkeeping of Brooklyn, New York, started in 2004 by Ean Murphy, with the purpose to serve small operations and to make bookkeeping a valuable tool for making smart decisions instead of one more hassle at the end of a long week.
While Moxie Bookkeeping does not sell ‘green’ products, they’ve made the conscious decision to provide services in the most environmentally-responsible way possible. This included joining our CarbonFree® Business Partnership program in 2008. Moxie Bookkeeping makes an annual donation to Carbonfund.org in order to support our carbon reduction and clean energy innovation projects around the world. In addition, Moxie Bookkeeping focuses their service on electronic delivery wherever possible, to avoid printed statements and checks. Their office products are purchased through green product providers and recycling is mandatory in their offices.
“I can’t run my business without using electricity and natural resources,” says Ean Murphy. “I want to make sure I am an active part of the solution.” Through her long-term partnership with Carbonfund.org, Ean is able to provide her holistic bookkeeping services in a CarbonFree® work environment.