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Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:11

Sixth Year CarbonFree® for Cultural Tour Consultants

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Global travel and tour operators have the opportunity to experience many of the world’s wonders and often witness the environmental changes occurring in the places they visit.  This heightened sensitivity to the condition of the natural environmental and the potential impacts of travel and tourism should lead to an elevated sense of responsibility to “do no harm”.  Carbonfund.org Partner Cultural Tour Consultants takes this responsibility seriously.  They specialize in customized, in-depth study tours covering the visual arts, music, language, history and gastronomy, for individuals, school groups, universities, churches, and community groups.  

As part of their core values, Cultural Tour Consultants is committed to promoting sustainable tourism worldwide.  For the past six years, they have partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the company’s carbon footprint through the CarbonFree® Business Partnership program, supporting reforestation projects around the world.

"Travel promotes firsthand knowledge of our planet, its cultural heritage and its natural resources,” explains Melissa Reed, Cultural Tour Consultants Partner.  “We, as travel professionals, have an obligation to do what we can to promote sustainable tourism and encourage the exploration and appreciation the Earth and its people.”

Cultural Tour Consultants also offers clients the ability to offset their tour flight emissions directly from the Cultural Tour Consultants’ website by linking to Carbonfund.org’s flight calculator.  Their website is loaded with other information regarding healthy and safe travel, passport/visa and insurance matters, what and how best to pack.  As a six-year CarbonFree® Partner, Cultural Tour Consultants continue to demonstrate leadership in consistent care for their tour clients and for the places they visit.   

Summer vacation travel is winding down, and many will suffer the sore backs and shoulders that come with carting luggage and sports equipment through airports, hotels, and in and out of cars.  This pain and hassle can be avoided, thanks to two guys who met in high school and spent their share of time schlepping bags while traveling.  They formed Luggage Forward, providing guaranteed door-to-door luggage and sports equipment delivery to more than 200 countries worldwide, allowing clients the convenience of traveling without their luggage.

Five years ago, Luggage Forward took another progressive step to improve the sustainability of their service.  Through Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree® Shipping program, Luggage Forward allows clients to offset the carbon dioxide emissions generated from the airplanes, trucks and trains that are used in the shipment of each bag.

“We’re pleased to offer clients who send their luggage with Luggage Forward the opportunity to help in the fight against climate change by purchasing carbon offsets,” says Zeke Adkins, co-founder of Luggage Forward.  “Considering the environmental impact of carbon emissions, we believe that taking these steps is a matter of basic corporate responsibility.”  

Luggage Forward was born out of the simple idea that we should all be able to enjoy the journey as much as the destination, by eliminating long waits, the aggravation of lost luggage and the burden of carrying heavy bags.  Forwarding luggage allows you to save time at the airport by avoiding the long check-in lines and skipping the wait at the baggage carousel. When you send your luggage with Luggage Forward, it is guaranteed to arrive on time or they’ll refund your money and give you up to $500 per bag to make it right.  And with the CarbonFree® Shipping program, you can make it right by the environment by neutralizing the carbon emissions created by shipping your bag.

Thursday, 29 August 2013 14:09

evo - Leading the evolución to a Cleaner Environment

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Outdoor sports and activity enthusiasts have regular opportunities to be immersed in our natural environment.  Many visit the same locations year after year, often able to observe the negative effects of climate change, habitat destruction, and encroaching urban sprawl.  Many companies that provide products and services to the outdoorsy types are aware of the impact of their operational emissions on the environment and have taken steps to address the issue. 

A great example of leadership in carbon emissions neutralization is Seattle-based evo, bringing high quality ski, snowboard, wakeboard and skateboard gear and apparel to their customers.  For the past six years, evo has offered its customers a simple, affordable way to neutralize the carbon emissions created by shipping their products to customers through the CarbonFree® Shipping program.

"Carbonfund.org was clearly the best partner for our business for several reasons,” explains Bryce Phillips, Founder and Owner of evo.  “Firstly, they are the only non-profit organization among the larger companies offering carbon offsetting. Secondly, due in part to their non-profit status they can offer the same product (carbon offsetting) at the best price. Lastly, Carbonfund.org has been amazing to work with in implementing our website checkout. They were extremely helpful with messaging and promotion as well as logistics and aiding in the calculation of offset amounts."

evo seeks to involve  its customers in the company’s environmental commitment and to raise awareness about how easy and effective carbon offsetting can be.  evo customers help spread the word about the options people have to green up their lives by supporting Carbonfund.org’s clean air and carbon reduction projects, and help pave the way for other companies to offer carbon offsetting.  That’s industry leadership – making a commitment, leading by example, and encouraging customers and supporters to join in the effort to transition to a cleaner energy future.

As is the case with many of our eco-tourism business partners, Eagle-Eye Tours of Windermere, Canada recognizes the environmental impact of their educational tour programs and is doing something about it.  Eagle-Eye Tours covers the globe with diverse tours, ranging from ones with a birding focus to tours combining photography and wildlife, birds and gardens and more, visiting some of the wildest corners of our planet.  Tour travel and onsite lodging creates carbon dioxide emissions, which Eagle-Eye Tours works to minimize but also realizes that all emissions cannot be avoided.  

To address this negative by-product of their tours, Eagle-Eye Tours has maintained a CarbonFree® operation for the past five years by calculating annual tour-related emissions then supporting Carbonfund.org’s clean air technology and carbon reduction projects to neutralize those emissions.  To date, Eagle-Eye Tours has mitigated almost 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions through their CarbonFree® program, equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered by almost 23,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for ten years.   

"We travel the world enjoying birds and other wildlife, but realize that many of these species are threatened by climate change,” explains Cam Gillies, Director of Eagle-Eye Tours.  “We are excited to continue to offset the carbon emissions from our operations and to take concrete action in the conservation of the biodiversity we so enjoy." 

Eagle-Eye Tours offsets all of the carbon dioxide emissions produced from all guide and on-tour participant flights, vehicle use during tours and operations, ship use, and the electricity used by their office. They also design tours that visit reserves and lodges that have been established to demonstrate and deliver benefits from conservation to the local community.  Eagle- Eye Tours offers tour participants the option to help with environmental sustainability by offsetting flights from their departure to the start of the tour.  This ongoing commitment to sustainable tour management helps to set apart Eagle-Eye Tours as a leader in ecotourism and demonstrated environmental responsibility in all aspects of their operation. 

A simple suggestion five years ago to a client, recommending that they publish the company’s carbon footprint in their annual report, led Smart Media to adopt a broad and continuous sustainability commitment in its own operations and in the production of its award-winning annual reports.  

One of the very few companies in the world to focus exclusively on annual reports, Smart Media The Annual Report Company (‘Smart Media’) helps organizations produce annual reports which go beyond statutory disclosure and compliance to become effective instruments of corporate communications. 

In 2008, Smart Media encouraged a client to voluntarily publish their carbon footprint in the annual report. Since then, the numbers of client companies including this operational emissions information in annual reports have grown. Some clients depend upon Smart Media’s consultancy assistance which includes training, development of data entry forms and computation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in accordance with the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard.

By way of setting an example, Smart Media commenced producing carbon neutral annual reports in 2009, by thoroughly analyzing the carbon emissions associated with the full annual report production process.  Then, Smart Media chose to partner with Carbonfund.org to neutralize these emissions by supporting global reforestation projects.  In 2012, Smart Media became completely carbon neutral under Scopes 1 and 2 as well as selected sources under Scope 3 of the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard by mitigating its own operational emissions with Carbonfund.org.

“Our strategy was to reduce our GHG emissions as much as possible and to offset the rest thereafter. Our philosophy, when in comes to partnerships is ‘the best or not at all’. Having looked around we chose Carbonfund.org, as it is an independent foundation having a great track record and credibility. They have the experience and expertise to help clients in almost any sector in any part of the world. Thus, their capabilities matched our requirements as well as those of our varied group of clients" says Dr. Vijith Kannangara, Chairman, Smart Media The Annual Report Company.

Doing business in Bahrain, Hong Kong, Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and UAE, and with a track record spanning over 15 years and 1,500 reports, Smart Media is the acknowledged leader for annual reports in the Asia-Pacific region. This is borne out by the numerous international awards and accolades earned year after year, including the Platinum Achievement Award at the International ARC Awards, USA - popularly dubbed as the Oscars of Annual Reports - in 2010 and 2012 – and in 2013, Smart Media received an unprecedented 94 awards, including 25 Gold awards and 7 Grand awards.

Smart Media clients get the benefit of working with a certified carbon neutral company and neutralizing the GHG emissions resulting from annual report production activities outsourced by Smart Media in the production of their annual reports, including the usage of paper and printing, offset through verified sources.  As a result of Smart Media’s leadership, some clients have begun setting targets to reduce their GHG emissions intensity through the adoption of energy efficiency and conservation measures as well as fuel switching, with the added benefits of operational cost savings. For Smart Media, this may well be its single largest contribution – though indirect – towards environmental stewardship.  Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Smart Media in these efforts.

Businesses that use ingredients directly from nature ought to have a heightened sensibility to giving back to the environment and preserving the Earth’s resources.  Five-Year CarbonFree® Business Partner Alima Pure does just that.

Alima Pure creates mineral-based makeup using only the purest cosmetic-grade mineral pigments. There are no additives, fillers or fragrances that can irritate skin or clog pores. Their mineral pigments are beneficial to the skin, offering sun protection and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Alima Pure was founded on the premise of minimal ingredients for maximum impact. They follow the theory that a few simple, natural ingredients crafted in just the right way can give every woman the power to present her best self to the world with confidence and beauty at its most beautiful.

And Alima Pure is committed to reducing their operational carbon footprint by maintaining energy-efficiency manufacturing processes, using wind-powered electricity and recycled materials for printing.  To counterbalance the remaining impact, Alima Pure has been a CarbonFree® Business Partner for the past five years, offsetting 100% of their net corporate carbon emissions through contributions to Carbonfund.org that support energy efficiency, renewable energy and forestry projects around the globe.

Alima Pure is also a proud member of 1% for the Planet, since their first year in business, donating 1% of annual gross revenue (sales, not profit) to grassroots environmental organizations dedicated to protecting the planet.

All Alima Pure cosmetics are cruelty-free, and most products are vegan (the only exception is a bit of beeswax in lipbalms).   This dedication to product purity and operational sustainability sets Alima Pure apart as a leader in the natural cosmetics industry and a committed CarbonFree® Business Partner.

 

LEI Electronics and Eco Alkalines Batteries are pleased to announce their latest launch with W.W. Grainger, Inc. (Grainger), a Chicago-based Fortune 500 company that shares the Eco Alkalines ™ vision for creating and supplying sustainable businesses and communities. 

Grainger is committed to environmental stewardship in their operations and are dedicated to being a leader in sustainability.  In addition to operating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facilities and working with the U.S. Green Building Council, Grainger is the first industrial distributor to publically disclose their carbon footprint through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). 

Like Grainger, Eco Alkalines batteries are committed to environmental sustainability and green innovation. Eco-Alkalines batteries are environmentally friendly and landfill safe. They are manufactured with earth friendly derivatives and contain 0% trace amounts of harmful metals such as Mercury, Cadmium and Lead. 

Eco Alkalines™ batteries have been certified Carbonfree® by Carbonfund.org Foundation and NSF Sustainability for the past three years.  This program requires that the batteries’ complete cradle-to-grave life cycle is analyzed, the per-unit carbon emissions is determined then neutralized for each battery unit sold.  In addition to neutralizing life cycle carbon footprints, the batteries continue to meet and exceed some of the most important international standards such as PAS 2050 (carbon label standard) and ISO 14044 (life cycle assessment standard), and they can be used to count towards prerequisites and credits in LEED certified building projects and building operation. 

In addition to their innovative and unique green credentials and applications, Eco Alkalines perform equal to or better than the leading national brands in performance and longevity tests.  Eco Alkalines™ have a guaranteed 5-year shelf life and a unique patented leak resistant seal ensuring that they will not leak into your devices. 

Despite their pioneering eco accolades and novel technology, Eco Alkalines batteries are competitively priced compared to the leading national brands. As eco-friendly technology evolves to a ‘must’ rather than a choice, Eco Alkalines does not believe that consumers and companies should have to pay a premium for a green product. 

Eco Alkalines is a great choice for environmentally-conscious consumers, as the brand continues to create an environmental awareness with a message of its commitment to reduced world-wide carbon emissions and its suggestion to use recycled material and recycle when and where possible.  Customers can purchase Eco Alkalines batteries and other green products through a retail branch, in the 2013 Grainger catalog or on www.grainger.com and www.acklandsgrainger.com. 

The trend towards “farm-to-table” dining is everywhere, and locavores “rule” in many parts of the world.  But how can you tell if a restaurant truly “walks the walk” and is not just “talking the talk”?  An inspiring example is CarbonFree® Business Partner Founding Farmers, with locations in Washington, DC and Potomac, MD (with Tysons Corner, VA slated to open in Summer 2014).  Since September 2008, the award-winning Founding Farmers has been one of the country’s leading restaurants to offer farm-inspired “American True Food & Drink” in a modern, casual setting.

Founding Farmers is a business that is fully committed to preserving, protecting and enhancing the earth with a “Triple Green Approach” to bringing great food from Farm to Fork. The menus at Founding Farmers are based on regional and sustainable agricultural resources whenever possible, and the freezers on site are for ice cream only!

For the fifth consecutive year, Founding Farmers is proud to be an official CarbonFree® Business Partner, supporting global climate-friendly renewable energy projects and the Carbonfund.org mission of education, offsets and outreach. Founding Farmers is 100% carbon neutral by offsetting its CO2 emissions annually with Carbonfund.org. 

"As Washington DC’s greenest restaurant, and one of the greenest in the country, our business model is earth-friendly from the inside out. It was logical, affirmative and natural for the restaurant to partner with Carbonfund.org,” explains Dan Simons, PR Advisor for Founding Farmers.  “We believe in setting an example as a leader in the green/LEED restaurant category, and partnering with Carbonfund.org allows us to share in the mission and share what we’ve done with others."

Secondly, the restaurant operates with the earth in mind, by sorting and recycling all non-food products, processing used cooking oil into bio-diesel, composting all organic waste products, using an in-house super water purification system to eliminate water bottle waste, and cleaning with earth-friendly and chemically neutral products. Even the menus are printed on recycled papers with soy-based inks.

Finally, the architecture and design of the space itself meet the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold design standards and criteria, with the use of reclaimed and recycled materials for the floors, surface finishes and fabrics; with high-efficiency lighting, HVAC and general energy use.Beyond the building itself, Founding Farmers is a Certified Green Restaurant™ as recognized by the Green Restaurant Association for eco-friendly operations.

A collective of American family farmers owns the flagship restaurant, where products are sourcedfrom family farms, ranches, and fisheries across the United States. They celebrate and share the longstanding connection between farmers — the first to lead the green movement — and their historic stewardship of natural resources.  Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Founding Farmers in achieving sustainability leadership in the restaurant industry.

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