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Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:05

Bambeco Embraces Carbonfree® Shipping

Sustainable home décor e-retailer bambeco has launched their CarbonFree® Shipping program in partnership with the Carbonfund.org Foundation as part of the company’s goal to reduce its carbon impact.

“Bambeco was built from its inception as a sustainable company and brand focused on carbon reductions in all of our business practices. We continually evaluate our company and processes to make further carbon reductions. I am excited about our recent carbon reduction initiative to eliminate our carbon impact in 100% of our customer shipments. Working with Carbonfund.org to achieve Carbonfree® Shipping allows us to offset unavoidable shipping emissions and support renewable energy and reforestation,” explains Susan Aplin, bambeco CEO and co-founder.

Through the CarbonFree® Shipping program, bambeco calculates the carbon footprint of product shipments based on actual shipping, then offsets the environmental impact to create a carbon-neutral shipping process. “Shipping carbon-free to our customer’s door is one more step that bambeco is taking to allow consumers to live their sustainable values and help improve our environment. Together, we are changing the world, one room at a time,” says CEO Aplin.

“We welcome bambeco to our Carbonfree® Shipping program and applaud their decision to neutralize carbon emissions from product shipments to customers right from the start,” says Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. “This is an easy and affordable sustainability initiative that companies of any size can implement. It makes a difference to customers, and it makes a difference to the environment.”

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One and a half million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions – it’s a large number with huge environmental impact – the equivalent of the carbon dioxide sequestered by 17,500 tree seedlings if planted and allowed to grow for ten years. 

It’s also the quantity of carbon dioxide emissions that the Paper Mill Store has neutralized over the past six years through its CarbonFree® Shipping Program.  Beginning in 2008, the Paper Mill Store partnered with Carbonfund.org to calculate all greenhouse gas emissions from their outbound product shipments each quarter, then neutralize those emissions by supporting renewable energy projects like 100% wind-generated electricity.     

“We began using 100% wind power for our electricity needs through the purchase of renewable energy credits back in 2006,” says Brian J. Cowie, C.E.O. and founder of The Paper Mill Store.  “We believe that wind power is a smart choice and a significant part of the solution towards cleaner air, water and a step in the direction of energy independence.   The carbon offset initiative for outbound shipments is a natural extension of that commitment.” 

The CarbonFree® Shipping program is one in a number of important steps that the Paper Mill Store is taking to run their company in a more sustainable and responsible manner.   The company also is certified through both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) Chain of Custody protocols.When purchasing their FSC and SFI certified paper and envelopes, customers can be certain that the fiber used to manufacture certified paper and envelopes came from well managed forests where people, wildlife and the environment benefit from the forestry practices.

 This commitment echoes the Paper Mill Store’s nature-focused location.  Their five-acre campus includes a pond clustered with over 100 tree varieties.   Employees enjoy watching a mix of wildlife on the property including fox, coyote, hawks, deer, great blue heron, kingfishers, rabbits and more.  The natural setting inspires the company’s continued dedication to providing eco-conscious products with CarbonFree® shipping to customers and underscores the company’s industry leadership in sustainability. 

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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.

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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.

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Forward-thinking and environmentally committed organizations recognize that the current emphasis on environmental responsibility is not a passing fad.  Companies that rise above their competitors and lead with strong sustainability initiatives that make good business sense are the companies that will continue to prosper and grow.   CarbonFree® Shipping Partner Envelopes.com is a great example, with a five-year long commitment to neutralizing all product shipping emissions through supporting Carbonfund.org’s global reforestation projects. 

The CarbonFree® Shipping program is part of Envelopes.com’s “Going Green” program that includes facilities powered by 100% wind-powered electricity, a large selection of recycled paper envelopes, ones with corn-based clear address windows made from compostable materials by EarthFirst® Films, envelopes printed with soy inks, and envelopes and paper products made from 100% cotton fibers versus traditional paper.       

“Partnering with Carbonfund.org is a great way to help reduce our carbon footprint. Our partnership has enabled us to send CarbonFree® Shipments by offsetting the CO2 created when shipping our products to your door by investing in reforestation projects,” explains Seth Newman, President of Envelopes.com.  “Reforestation projects play a vital role in absorbing emissions and providing time to transition to a new energy future.” 

Over the past five years, Envelopes.com has neutralized over 1.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from product shipments, equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered by almost 19,000 trees over a ten-year period. 

Every business and consumer has choices when it comes to the paper products they use.  Companies like Envelopes.com are helping to ensure that these choices include options that are environmentally responsible and exhibit ongoing commitments to sustainable operations.  Envelopes.com’s long-term dedication to Going Green initiatives such as CarbonFree® Shipping keep them at the forefront of their industry and the green choice for their customers. 

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Luggage Shipping Company’s Carbon Offset Program Marks Fifth Anniversary

BOSTON, April 26, 2013 – Luggage Forward, the leading provider of doorstep to destination luggage delivery, marks the fifth anniversary of offering carbon-neutral door-to-door luggage shipments for travelers worldwide. Luggage Forward’s Carbon Offset Program began in 2008 in partnership with Carbonfund.org, the leading nonprofit provider of carbon offset and climate solutions.

Since the program’s inception, thousands of clients have chosen to offset the carbon emissions generated shipping luggage from their home directly to their destination. The amount of carbon offset during the life of this program is equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions from more than 41,000 gallons of gasoline consumed, or the equivalent of taking 76 passenger vehicles off the road for a year.

“Many of our clients appreciate having the option to offset the carbon impact of their travel, so that the spectacular places they visit can be preserved for generations to come,” said Zeke Adkins, Co-Founder of Luggage Forward, “we’re pleased to have given our clients this choice since 2008.”

Luggage Forward was the first, and remains the only, door-to-door luggage delivery service to offer such a program. However, many major shipping providers have since joined this effort and now offer carbon neutral shipping. To mark the fifth consecutive year of participation in the CarbonFree® Shipping Program, Carbonfund.org will be planting 50 trees in recognition of Luggage Forward at the end of the year.

About Luggage Forward
Since 2004, Luggage Forward has set the standard in door-to-door delivery of luggage and sports equipment. The smart alternative to carrying and checking bags, Luggage Forward’s service is transforming today’s travel experience for those who demand the utmost in convenience, reliability and predictability. By leveraging a worldwide network of shipping partners, innovative technology and honest, unparalleled customer care Luggage Forward guarantees that bags will be delivered safely and on-time.

In addition to being a Virtuoso® Preferred Supplier, the company is the exclusive luggage delivery provider for many of the world’s leading travel brands including Abercrombie & Kent, American Express Vacations, Exclusive Resorts, Holland America Line and Seabourn Cruise Line. Luggage Forward has been twice named to the Inc 500|5000 list, ranked as the #9 fastest growing privately held travel company in the United States in 2012. For more information, visit www.luggageforward.com or call 866-416-7447.

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Luggage Shipping Company’s Carbon Offset Program Marks Fifth Anniversary

BOSTON, April 26, 2013 – Luggage Forward, the leading provider of doorstep to destination luggage delivery, marks the fifth anniversary of offering carbon-neutral door-to-door luggage shipments for travelers worldwide. Luggage Forward’s Carbon Offset Program began in 2008 in partnership with Carbonfund.org, the leading nonprofit provider of carbon offset and climate solutions.

Since the program’s inception, thousands of clients have chosen to offset the carbon emissions generated shipping luggage from their home directly to their destination. The amount of carbon offset during the life of this program is equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions from more than 41,000 gallons of gasoline consumed, or the equivalent of taking 76 passenger vehicles off the road for a year.

“Many of our clients appreciate having the option to offset the carbon impact of their travel, so that the spectacular places they visit can be preserved for generations to come,” said Zeke Adkins, Co-Founder of Luggage Forward, “we’re pleased to have given our clients this choice since 2008.”

Luggage Forward was the first, and remains the only, door-to-door luggage delivery service to offer such a program. However, many major shipping providers have since joined this effort and now offer carbon neutral shipping. To mark the fifth consecutive year of participation in the CarbonFree® Shipping Program, Carbonfund.org will be planting 50 trees in recognition of Luggage Forward at the end of the year.

About Luggage Forward
Since 2004, Luggage Forward has set the standard in door-to-door delivery of luggage and sports equipment. The smart alternative to carrying and checking bags, Luggage Forward’s service is transforming today’s travel experience for those who demand the utmost in convenience, reliability and predictability. By leveraging a worldwide network of shipping partners, innovative technology and honest, unparalleled customer care Luggage Forward guarantees that bags will be delivered safely and on-time.

In addition to being a Virtuoso® Preferred Supplier, the company is the exclusive luggage delivery provider for many of the world’s leading travel brands including Abercrombie & Kent, American Express Vacations, Exclusive Resorts, Holland America Line and Seabourn Cruise Line. Luggage Forward has been twice named to the Inc 500|5000 list, ranked as the #9 fastest growing privately held travel company in the United States in 2012. For more information, visit www.luggageforward.com or call 866-416-7447.

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For many of our CarbonFree® Small Business Partners, it’s important to balance their intentions to provide sustainably-produced products to customers while minimizing their operational impact on the environment.  These goals often require careful choices and thoughtful decisions in order to achieve the right equilibrium and stay true to the mission and goals of the business.  New CarbonFree® Business Partner Just Skin Food struggled with this balancing act until they reached the right approach.       

Just Skin Food offers handmade organic and naturally synthetic-free “skin food” products that support, nourish and heal.  All of the herbal oils, salves and balms are made by hand, by using various infusing methods of organic herbs with unrefined, steam-distilled and cold-pressed ingredients.  Most products are vegan, and all products are cruelty free and GMO-free.  

Just Skin Food was started by Gabriella Calvi-Rooney.  When she first launched Just Skin Foods, she chose NOT to sell anything online – she felt that generating a larger carbon footprint through packaging and shipping small quantities of her products was counter-intuitive to the healing that she hoped her products would accomplish.  As a result, her products were offered locally in the Cape May, NJ area or hand-delivered by Gabriella when she traveled to other areas.    

In a very short time, customer demand was so great that Gabriella felt compelled to create a website to enable customers to order her herbal products online.  Now Gabriella had to decide how to minimize the carbon footprint for shipping such small items. 

The CarbonFree® Business Partnership program was established to help businesses like Just Skin Foods address their impact on the environment.  The program provides a simple, affordable means through which products and services can be delivered to customers while neutralizing operational emissions and supporting carbon reduction projects around the world. 

Joining the CarbonFree® Business Partnership program was an easy and affordable solution that neutralized carbon emissions from Just Skin Food's operational activities and projected product shipments.  Gabriella also established a minimum online order size, reuses shipping boxes from vendors, and only ships twice weekly to reduce carbon emissions associated with post office trips and shipments.  In addition, she chose to use organic freshly popped popcorn as packaging material, which can be fed to the birds.

If your business is re-evaluating its social and environmental responsibilities and needs to its reduce operational impact, consider the example of Just Skin Food and the solutions we provide through our CarbonFree® Business Partnership program. 

 

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As we continue to celebrate fifth and sixth anniversaries with many of our CarbonFree® Business Partners, new businesses are joining our partnership ranks as part of their environmental commitment. 

New CarbonFree® Business Partner Beautycounter launched with its skin care line on March 4, 2013. Beautycounter’s mission is to educate families about the need for safer chemicals and beauty care products, and to be a part of the solution by creating safe and effective skin care and beauty products in a socially and environmentally responsible way.  Beautycounter was founded by a team of social entrepreneurs who believe in using the power of business and strategic partnerships to move in the right direction.

One of these right decisions was joining the CarbonFree® Business Partnership and CarbonFree® Shipping Emissions programs, neutralizing all annual carbon emissions from general business operational and from shipping their products to customers.  Through the CarbonFree® programs, Beautycounter is supporting Carbonfund.org’s energy efficiency projects around the world.         

“In order to be successful in business and in our social mission, we have to reject the short-term thinking that got all of us into the current environmental crisis,” explains Mia Davis, Vice President of Health & Safety.  “Beautycounter recognizes that we can’t do it alone—strategic partnerships are absolutely necessary to create meaningful, lasting change. We’re proud to partner with Carbonfund.org to offset our carbon emissions, and for guidance on reducing our overall footprint.” 

Beautycounter maintains an extensive list of chemical ingredients that will never be used in their products, which contain no hidden fragrances or preservatives.  Beautycounter also prohibits testing of their cosmetics on animals, makes every effort to use FSC-certified paper and post consumer recycled content in both paper and plastic materials, and sources plastics that do not leach toxic chemicals and that are recyclable in most communities.

These comprehensive initiatives demonstrate Beautycounter’s forward thinking approach to entering the beauty and skin care industry as a responsible leader in environmental sustainability, and Carbonfund.org is pleased to be a partner in their efforts.

 

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The continuing focus on Corporate Social/Environmental Responsibility (CSR) programs requires companies to seek out environmentally sustainable practices in every aspect of their operations.  While many businesses rely upon product packaging and shipment to reach their customers, they can “green” these activities through careful selection of shipping products, including the labels they use to address and mail their products. 

Carbonfund.org business partner Taylor Label is committed to manufacturing its ‘GoGreen’ Labels through a process it calls 'Green-Cycle Production’.  This process focuses on the use of environmentally sound raw materials, 100% wind-powered production facility, FSC-certified paper and environmentally benign and recyclable adhesives.

In addition, Taylor Label has neutralized 100% of the carbon emissions from shipping its products to customers through the CarbonFree® Shipping program for the past five years.  "Carbonfund.org has products specifically suited to our needs. Their partnership managers and website make accessing their services a straight-forward and successful process," explains Lloyd Taylor, President of Taylor Label.

Taylor Label has been voted the "Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company" at the annual Environmental Printing Awards, developed the industry’s first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified label stock and became the first FSC-certified label manufacturer in North America. Taylor Label is also the founding member of 'Canada's Green Printers', a not-for-profit organization designed to help printers share environmental best-practices within the industry.  Their comprehensive and long-term commitment to environmentally-responsible product development, manufacturing and shipment underscore Taylor Label’s leadership in sustainability within the shipping label industry. 

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