There’s a full year to go before the 2016 US Presidential Election, and things are heating up already. Irrespective of political views, we all make basic consumer purchasing decisions each day that can impact our environment.
OneBern is offering Bernie Sanders’ supporters a line of t-shirts made from 60% hemp and 40% organic cotton. The website provides a “hemp 101” list comparing hemp as a more environmentally safe product material to wood, cotton, plastic and petroleum-based products.
In addition, OneBern uses only water-based inks for its t-shirts and has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon footprint from shipping products to consumers. For each t-shirt sold and shipped to its customers, OneBern makes a donation to Carbonfund.org that is used to purchase and retire third-party validated and verified carbon offsets in forestry projects around the world.
While OneBern is supporting its own political causes and candidate, it’s also offering high quality t-shirts focused on making the world a better, lower carbon and more sustainable place.
For pet owners in the Durham, N.C. area, there’s a great new alternative to pet care. Paws On Durham is a full-service professional pet sitting company, partnering with pet owners to emulate the care and love they give to their pets and providing a stress-free pet sitting experience. In addition, Paws On Durham cares about its local community and the broader environment we all enjoy.
Paws On Durham Pet Sitting is committed to reducing the company’s carbon footprint by being aware of how our actions impact the environment,” explains Anthony L. Garza, Paws On Durham Owner/Top Dog. “We partnered with Carbonfund.org to purchase offsets to ensure we can make up for the carbon emissions we cannot reduce. Our goal is for our staff and clients to be socially responsible and aware of our actions and how we can continue to improve our planet.”
The company’s commitment to the environment is simple: they do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint. Whenever possible, Paws On Durham staff walks or bikes to their clients’ home; however, the majority of the business requires driving cars. To combat their carbon output, Paws On Durham made the decision to join the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program to purchase carbon offsets on behalf of all of their employees.
In addition to purchasing offsets, the company uses additional efforts to control its carbon footprint including:
- assigning pet sitters according to proximity of clients to reduce travel time;
- using online reservation and profile systems to reduce paper waste;
- using Energy Star low energy consumption office machinery, natural light and CDL bulbs in corporate and home offices to reduce energy consumption; and
- developing plans for customers to become involved in reducing their footprint as well!
Whether their client is at work, on the town, or on vacation, Paws On Durham provides them peace of mind, knowing their pets are receiving excellent care. All Paws On Durham pet sitters are hired as regular employees, receive extensive training, and are bonded and insured. In addition, Paws on Durham is managing its carbon footprint responsibly and sustainably, in partnership with Carbonfund.org.
emerginC is a simple story of emerging, which began in 1996 with one of the most stable and effective vitamin C serums to emerge on the market. The buzz about the product began to spread and emerginC started to grow by word of mouth. More products emerged -- two, then four, then eight -- and now emerginC has approximately 80 products and a wide variety of cost-effective treatment options from both the emerginC signature and scientific organics product lines. All the while, emerginC never compromised a commitment to quality and effectiveness - and to environmental sustainability - and the company continues to emerge.
For the past six years, emerginC has been a Carbonfree® Business Partner, neutralizing almost 460,000 pounds of greenhouse gases through supporting Carbonfund.org’s clean air and carbon emissions reduction projects around the world. This reduction in carbon emissions has the impact as planting 5350 trees and letting them grow and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for ten years.
"We take many steps to minimize our impact on the environment. Our corporate office runs on wind power, our product boxes and brochures are made from paper from well-managed forests, printed with vegetable inks, and we ship our orders with biodegradable packing 'peanuts',” explains Ian Lirenman, CEO and Founder of emerginC. “We chose Carbonfund.org because of their efficiency, the on-the-ground solutions they deliver and the fact that they don't engage in carbon offset trading."
The folks at emerginC have taken a leading role in giving back and in sustainability with the "buy one, plant one" tree planting program, and the company also includes packets of emerginCeeds with every US domestic order to help customers start their own vegetable garden with USDA organic mixed lettuce or arugula seeds.
The company started an emerginBees bee habitat initiative to help combat Colony Collapse Disorder among US bee colonies. Many medicines, both conventional and alternative remedies, come from flowering plants. Without the bees to spread the seeds, many plants - including food crops - will die off. The emerginBees seedbombs are a combination of compost and clay that acts as a carrier for the seeds. They can be launched over walls or fences and into inaccessible areas such as wasteland or along railways. emerginC makes every effort to source products and ingredients ethically and sustainably wherever possible, including the use of fair trade ingredients.
As a way to help drastically reduce the number of plastic bottles used around the world, emerginC is moving away from plastic product packaging and using glass bottles as an alternative. The company is now headquartered in its own building near the waterfront in Brooklyn, NY, with weekly yoga classes, rooftop vegetables, flowers, and chickens that give the staff organic eggs all year round.
New Carbonfree®Business Partner Pacifica Beauty is a 100% vegan, cruelty-free natural beauty company committed to creating effective products that meet the highest beauty standards, while using natural ingredients and focusing on sustainable packaging and practices. Guided by compassion, the team at Pacifica treats women, animals and the planet with love and respect.
To enhance this commitment, Pacifica recently calculated its estimated annual operating emissions, including office energy usage, business travel, employee community and paper usage. In order to neutralize the negative impact of its annual emissions, Pacifica made a donation to Carbonfund.org to support reforestation and forest preservation projects around the world.
“Our company was founded with a belief that if compassion is our number one business practice, we have to be good stewards of the earth,” explains Brook Harvey-Taylor, President of Pacifica. “We chose to work with Carbonfund.org as they are one of the most respected carbon partners in the industry. They also make the process of becoming carbon neutral simple, clear and direct.”
Pacifica’s commitment to 100% vegan products also demonstrates a commitment to operating more sustainably. The company focuses on using recyclable materials in all packaging as well as natural ingredients in their products. These measures and their use of carbon offsets and clean energy to neutralize operating emissions, and to promote educational efforts to fight climate change, set Pacifica apart as a leader in the sustainable beauty products business.
This year will mark Dolphin Blue’s 5th anniversary as a Carbonfree® Business Partner. The staff at Dolphin Blue is proud and honored to continue offsetting operational emissions with Carbonfund.org and has decided to take it a step further by purchasing an additional 36 metric tonnes of carbon offsets to neutralize projected annual operating emissions. Including these latest offsets purchased, Dolphin Blue has neutralized almost 718,000 pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the carbon dioxide sequestered by planting 8350 tree seedlings and growing them for ten years.
Dolphin Blue has come a long way these past 5 years, by expanding their business offerings to include all-green, no harm products for household cleaning, lawn and garden care, pet care, children’s toys and body care that are produced with a minimal carbon emissions. Every product that Dolphin Blue carries is made from post-consumer recycled content, requiring less energy to produce, and is made in the USA, which means fewer emissions, compared to products made from virgin materials and imported from other countries.
Dolphin Blue supports initiatives that foster education and awareness in issues of sustainability, energy alternatives, organic agriculture and reducing waste. Dolphin Blue wants everyone who visits their website to be educated on why they are purchasing these items and the difference buying one eco-friendly product can make.
Dolphin Blue also is honored to be associated with organizations such as B Corporation, Green Chamber of Commerce, EPA Green Power Partner, Chlorine Free Products Association, North Texas Clean Air Coalition, Green Source DFW, and the Voluntary Renewable Energy Coalition.
For over 20 years, Dolphin Blue has continued to conduct business always respecting the natural world in which we live, and they ask their customers and other businesses to do the same. That’s why Dolphin Blue is encouraging other B Corps to go above and beyond by offsetting their companies’ annual operational emissions and educating their customers on the importance of reducing their individual carbon footprint.
Ever come down with Lyme disease? Do you suffer from asthma? Think climate change might have something to do with it? Before you write off this thought as crazy consider the numbers.
The World Health Organization estimates that a minimum of 140,000 people currently die each year around the globe from the effects of climate change. That number does not include the millions more who are made ill from diseases such as asthma, heatstroke or malaria nor does it account for those that are otherwise physically harmed, for example from extreme weather events.
As if these numbers aren’t bad enough, Americans are largely unaware of the impact climate change is already having on their health. The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication conducted a nationwide survey this spring asking respondents to give, “their best estimates of the impacts of global warming on human health worldwide – currently and 50 years from now. The largest proportion of respondents (38% to 42%) simply said, ‘I don’t know.’ The next largest proportion (27% to 39%) said either ‘no one’ or ‘hundreds’ of people worldwide will die, be made ill or injured by global warming each year, either now or 50 years from now.”
“Only 18% to 32% of Americans said, correctly, that each year either ‘thousands’ or ‘millions’ of people worldwide will die, be made ill or injured by global warming, either now or 50 years from now.”
One look at the conclusion of the health chapter of the recently released 2014 National Climate Assessment demonstrates that hundreds of climate experts see the danger from the global warming review they conducted over the past four years, “Climate change threatens human health and well-being in many ways, including impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfire, decreased air quality, threats to mental health, and illnesses transmitted by food, water, and disease-carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks. Some of these health impacts are already underway in the United States.”
We need to begin making the realization that global warming is here, it’s already killing some of us and there is no time to lose in cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Americans are especially prone to think that technology will save us. Perhaps, but perhaps not. A new study argues that climate engineering may not be the answer to averting a climate change catastrophe. You know what will definitely help? Reducing what you can and offsetting the rest. Let’s get to it posthaste.
ClimateStore Inc., located in Boston, MA, officially became a Carbonfree® Partner with CarbonFund.org. The newly launched retail brand has a mission to make it fun and easy for people to reduce their carbon footprint, and launched its on-line brand, climatestore.com, this past Earth Day. The company seeks to close a gap in the retail space, namely, the lack of an easily recognizable retail brand focused entirely on climate change.
ClimateStore hopes to tap into a growing market of climate conscious consumers, and carbon offsets play an important role in its sustainability strategy. To help realize its mission, ClimateStore purchased offsets from a portfolio of reforestation and forest conservation projects to offset emissions from its operations including energy use at its offices, freight and parcel shipping, employee commutes, and business travel. The company also relies on partnerships with like-minded organizations, like Carbonfund.org and 1% for the Planet, to support climate change awareness programs and forest conservation initiatives.
“With the recent release of the latest UN IPCC report and U.S. National Climate Assessment, there can be no doubt this is a critical issue current for future generations. More people are asking what they can do to reduce their carbon impact” says Steven E. Bushnell, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of ClimateStore Inc. “There is a false perception that moving to a lower carbon economy will require giving things up or need extra effort. We take the opposite view; lowering one’s carbon footprint should be fun, easy and rewarding as we collectively secure the stable climate we all hope to live in.”
The ClimateStore.com website provides summaries of climate science, issues an urgent call for action, suggests plans to reduce personal carbon emissions, and provides products to help people achieve a lower carbon footprint. The company launched with about 250 carbon saving products, including: energy efficient lighting, water saving devices, smart home technology, home décor, laundry items, travel gear and accessories. Each product is evaluated by ClimateStore staff to identify exact how it saves carbon - including the production, use, and disposal phases of the product’s lifecycle - and communicate their findings with a simple icon system and detailed product descriptions.
Carbonfund.org supports carbon offset projects that clearly benefit the environment and fight climate change. A recent study highlights how projects such as ours offer even more than combating global warming alone. They can provide additional benefits ranging from employment to health, which is important to countries' economies and limited budgets.
Often the question is posed as whether to cut emissions or use the funds to stimulate the economy. But we can have the best of both worlds with certified carbon-cutting projects; particularly projects in poor countries. And the numbers add up to billions in additional benefits.
Carbon credit certifier, the Gold Standard Foundation, in a partnership with WWF Switzerland commissioned a peer-reviewed study from Australia-based Net Balance. Economists analyzed the environmental and socioeconomic benefits from clean energy or Gold Standard-approved carbon reduction projects.
The report found, "Robustly designed and audited greenhouse gas mitigation projects... deliver far more than carbon emission reductions, meaning it is no longer necessary to choose between climate and other environment and development outcomes."
The study analyzed more than 100 initiatives including building wind farms, planting trees, installing water filtration systems and distributing clean stoves to discourage people from burning wood or charcoal. Then the report identified areas beyond greenhouse gas cuts where there was a potential benefit from projects, such as local economies, employment, health and biodiversity.
The report gives a couple examples; the first shows how three water filtration systems throughout Africa and Asia deliver health benefits such as less air pollution, which is valued at more than $300 million annually. The second example illustrates how 54 Gold Standard-certified wind farms created jobs worth $12 million a year while contributing a total $100 million per year to countries' balance of payments.
Gold Standard Program projects generate carbon credits that can be bought by individuals, businesses and organizations to offset their own carbon footprints. Learn more about Carbonfund.org's carbon reduction projects at http://www.carbonfund.org/projects.
Adrian Reif and Matt D’Amour share a love of yummy nut butter and of an idealism to help people eat better while caring for the environment. Their love for fresh, healthy food led to grinding homemade nut butter batches, then expanding their fledgling Yumbutter brand into a company that could have meaningful impact. Yumbutter crafts creative and inventive nut butter “potions” using organic, wholesome nuts, seeds, and superfoods to get more nutrition into each batch. With a mission to “Nourish the World” through what they call “Holistic Responsibility,” Yumbutter seeks to be the best organization it can be – from conception to consumption of food – and beyond.
As part of their commitment to environmental responsibility, Yumbutter recently made the decision to join the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program and purchase carbon offsets in reforestation projects for over 250% of their annual administrative operation’s carbon footprint.
“Carbonfund.org allows us to do more than we’re able to organizationally. We’ve desired to build a carbon negative business since the beginning and supporting reforestation projects get us closer to that goal,” explains Adrian, the Chief Goodness Warrior for Yumbutter.
Their Holistic Responsibility program is the result of asking the question: “How can a nut butter company improve people’s lives?” They consider the company’s impact on the health and happiness of Yumbutter fans, supply chain partners, Mother Earth, employees, the business ecosystem, and people born into unfortunate circumstances. So when customers spread Yumbutter, they’re actually supporting a shift in the way businesses are run.
Yumbutter is a Certified B Corporation, a new breed of company dedicated to positive social and environmental impact. Certified B Corps meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency - a holistic measure of sustainability. Yumbutter also is a certified YouthTrade company for mission-driven companies run by young entrepreneurs.
Through their BuyOne:FeedOne program, Yumbutter and its customers have helped to feed over 14,000 children with malnutrition since mid-2012. Every time a customer buys one jar or pouch of Yumbutter, a small donation is made to help feed a child with malnutrition through a non-profit group in Guatemala providing holistic care to malnourished children and their mothers. And with Carbonfund.org, Yumbutter helps nourish the environment by restoring and preserving forestry projects around the world.
Are your graduation robes made of recycled plastic bottles? Did you find your dress shoes at the secondhand shop? Take the next step in greening your graduation with National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program and Carbonfund.org!
Achieve a carbon-neutral graduation ceremony by investing in verified and validated carbon offsets that support renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects, at a special rate for Campus Ecology program campus partners. Honor each graduate with the gift of carbon offsets to send them out into the world a little bit greener.
The NWF Campus Ecology Program provides tools and resources to help students, staff, campus greening committees and sustainability officers “take a big step to make a smaller footprint” when it comes to campus greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the campus’s overall environmental footprint.
In addition to graduation greening programs, NWF Campus Ecology and Carbonfund.org can assist colleges and universities with various sustainability initiatives, including plans to reduce or neutralize emissions from facility energy consumption, grounds maintenance and operations, travel and events year-round.