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.
At Carbonfund.org, we love it when our business partners take our motto seriously and put it into action. We’ve been touting “reduce what you can, offset what you can’t™” for almost a dozen years, and many of our business partners have joined us in these efforts. It's easy to talk the talk, but they walk the walk as well.
Five-year Carbonfree® Business Partner Original Moxie is a great example. They create every product they offer and have a very personal stake in whether each ingredient is safe to use – for customers and for the planet. Whenever possible, Original Moxie uses organic, unrefined ingredients, so as to maximize their uniquely beneficial properties and minimize the company’s carbon footprint.
Original Moxie also understands that waste tends to pile up when you make something from scratch. Whenever possible, they purchase tools and supplies that can be re-used without sacrificing hygiene and quality. From glass droppers for essential oils to cotton towels for cleaning up, Original Moxie strives to minimize the amount of disposable items used to create products. All paper, plastic and glass that cannot be re-used is responsibly recycled, and all product containers are easily-recyclable plastics. All retail customers receive their orders in USPS Priority Mail boxes, which have been awarded Cradle to Cradle Certification℠ for their ecologically-intelligent design.
For everything that can't yet be reduced, recycled, or re-used, Original Moxie offsets its remaining carbon footprint by partnering with Carbonfund.org in supporting carbon emissions reduction projects. To date, Original Moxie has neutralized 395,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the same quantity as avoiding over 2 million pounds of waste decomposition in landfills.
Whether your hair is curly or straight, Original Moxie’s natural hair care products will help you look your best, and you can feel good about a company that’s leading the beauty care industry in true environmental responsibility.
The team at Greenwave Foods, which makes “cruncha ma-me” edamame snacks, is driven by a zealous belief in their core values, which focus on ethical business practices, environmental sustainability, and holistic plant-based nutrition. Their core mission is to provide unique snacks that are truly healthy, not just “healthier” versions of junk food.
Freeze-drying and shipping their cruncha ma-me snacks uses energy, so Greenwave Foods reduces its carbon footprint by partnering with Carbonfund.org to purchase carbon credits that fund reforestation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency projects around the world.
From inception five years ago, Greenwave Foods has maintained a commitment to neutralizing its estimated annual operating emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated and verified carbon offset projects. As a Carbonfree® Business Partner since 2011, Greenwave Foods has mitigated over 360,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the greenhouse gases emitted by driving a passenger car almost 400,000 miles.
We’re all busy - We are always on the run, so it is often hard to eat fresh vegetables. With cruncha ma-me snacks, we can reach for an all-natural wholesome veggie snack that is nutritious, tastes great and can be eaten anytime, anywhere. Cruncha ma-me edamame snacks provide good sources of protein and fiber and are a tasty alternative to highly-salted chips or sugary candy bars and other unhealthy snacks.
When you reach for cruncha ma-me snacks, you’re supporting a company that supports environmental preservation, too. Carbonfund.org thanks Greenwave Foods for five years of partnership in helping to reduce the negative impact of greenhouse gases on our environment.
A good wealth management firm helps its clients get their financial house in order - a great one makes sure its own house is in order, and is accountable to clients and to operational sustainability as well. New Carbonfree® Business Partner Waymark Wealth Management, located in Westborough, MA, does just this. The firm made the commitment to neutralize its estimated annual operating emissions by joining the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program earlier this year and supporting Carbonfund.org’s forest preservation projects around the world.
The values based independent wealth management firm helps individuals and families align their personal values with their investments and financial decisions. The firm also works to minimize its carbon footprint as much as possible. Co-Founder and Managing Partner Sean Fair participated in the NYC People’s Climate March in 2014 with many other investment companies to show the need for the investment community to take the lead on investing in a sustainable manner. The staff strives to operate as paperless as possible, and use recycled and 100% wind powered generated paper products when required. The company car is electric, and this year, the firm is starting an annual golf tournament to support the local land trust.
“We are all a part of a very delicate and often times misunderstood ecosystem,” expresses Sean Fair, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Waymark Wealth Management. “Environmental and social stewardship must be a priority for everyone if this world is to become the place we all want for our children and future generations. Simply shirking ownership or kicking the proverbial can down the road is no longer an option. We want to help people understand that with every dollar you spend whether it is at the grocery store, buying clothes, the car you drive or money invested in the stock market, you are essentially giving those companies “votes of approval” for how they do business.”
“If we all want sustainability then we need to make sure that we are investing and spending our money with companies that are helping the world achieve that goal. To that end, we are proud to partner with a great non-profit like Carbonfund.org to make sure our company is helping do its part.”
New York-based Carbonfree® Business Partner Carma was founded in 2008 by a group of automotive and technology enthusiasts who wanted to make data from vehicles accessible on the internet. The first hardware Carma developed was for a European technology firm to transmit vehicle data over a GSM cell network to vehicle emissions monitoring software.
As part of their own sustainability initiatives, Carma joined the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program in 2011 in order to neutralize their own estimated annual operating emissions. Over the past five years, Carma has mitigated the impact of almost 795,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions through its support of Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects around the world. That’s equivalent to planting and growing over 9000 tree seedlings and letting them grow for ten years.
Environmental responsibility and information regarding climate impact has always been an important part of Carma’s business philosophy and its products and systems development. In 2013, Carma launched CarmaLink.com, a cloud vehicle monitoring solution for small businesses which needed real-time vehicle management with a simple interface.
Early adopters to this new technology include the Boston Duck Tours, which uses the automatic vehicle location (AVL) to track the location of tour groups, monitor engine speed and safety information. Other customers include the Town of Bethlehem Highway Department (Delmar, NY), which uses the efficiency reporting to cut down on engine idle time and stay on top of engine trouble codes for their trucks.
Carma’s parts and manufacturing processes are sourced locally whenever possible, which allows Carma to decrease the carbon footprint from transportation of goods. They also use a low carbon, up-cycled plastic resin in their electronics, made from old water bottles, which reduces the total energy requirements for production.
Lastly, Carma leases rather than sells electronics to customers, allowing the devices to be reused and re-leased rather than thrown away at the end of a contract.
The philosophy behind CarmaLink is to make fleets more efficient, saving money and fuel by:
- implementing an idle reduction program to limit the amount of time a driver can idle the engine before triggering an alert to their manager, and
- by implementing a safety policy that includes a top speed limit for all vehicles, saving even more fuel. If a driver exceeds the set limit, the hardware records the time/location and speed of the vehicle for a report.
Carma reminds its customers - as does Carbonfund.org - that keeping a vehicle well maintained is important to ensure the best fuel economy which means heeding engine warning lights and fixing engine problems that can lead to inefficient combustion and lower fuel consumption percentage. CarmaLink also monitors for low tire pressure, as keeping tires properly inflated can increase fuel economy up to 3%.
Carbonfund.org applauds Carma’s efforts to help businesses of all sizes to monitor the efficiency and reduce the climate impact of their fleet, while maintaining its own carbon neutral operations through the Carbonfree® Business Partnership.
Building on its reputation as a leader in sustainable, green printing, Label Impressions, a mid-sized label printer in California has renewed its commitment to carbon-free printing with partner Carbonfund.org for a fifth straight year.
Label Impressions has had the distinction of being the first label and packaging printer in the US to become both carbon neutral and FSC certified and has always led the way in sustainable labeling. With newly installed package printing equipment, that commitment has gone beyond labeling to the printing and production of flexible packaging.
Over the past five years, Label Impressions' carbon offset donations to Carbonfund.org have neutralized almost 785,000 pounds of greenhouse gases.
That's equivalent to the carbon dioxide sequestered by planting 9000 trees and growing them for ten years. Label Impressions' donations to Carbonfund.org have supported carbon emissions reduction, clean air and renewable energy technology, and forest preservation projects around the world.
Despite significant growth, the company has worked to limit its carbon footprint through aggressive 'lean initiatives', investments in waste reducing technology and equipment, and a continued commitment to reducing and offsetting carbon emissions.
"The production of a wide variety of flexible pouch materials has proven challenging with respect to maintaining a sustainable operation," says company president and CEO Jeff Salisbury. "We've leaned up our processes and equipment and continue working on more sustainable, eco-friendly packaging materials, but we know that true carbon neutrality is only possible through offsetting. We remain committed to the mantra taught to us by Carbonfund.org in those early days, "Reduce what you can, offset what you can't(tm)." Salisbury adds.
Label Impressions' 2015 sustainable operational enhancements include:
- 2015 installation of automated equipment on its widest (17") flexible packaging press allowing for up at a 15% reduction in material waste
- Q2, 2015 installation of a whole house trim removal system estimated to reduce 'scrap' /landfill waste by 6%
- Installation of an 'intelligent battery storage system' designed to reduce energy consumption by up to 20%
- Installation of a 'real time' energy monitoring system
Label Impressions, Inc., a carbon neutral, FSC certified, Green label and flexible packaging printer produces high quality, high value labels, tags and flexible packaging to end users in California and nationwide.
Specialties include folded booklet labels, expanded content labels, IRCs, cold foil label printing, scratch and sniff labels, rotary screen labels and special effects printing of labels and flexible packaging.
To find out more information on high quality green labels, tags or flexible packaging or Label Impressions' FiberStone(r) Papers please contact Label Impressions at (714) 634-3466.
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.
Earthbound Expeditions believes that travel is more than a race to check off sites and monuments; that when done right – and responsibly - travel is perhaps the very best way to learn about different cultures and people without damaging their lands or the environment.
Through Earthbound’s proud partnership with Carbonfund.org, Earthbounders are actively reducing their carbon footprint and helping to ensure that the planet’s many wonders are preserved for future generations. The Carbonfund.org motto, “reduce what you can; offset what you can’t,” fits perfectly with Earthbound Expeditions’ long established philosophy of supporting locally-owned businesses, promoting education and embracing the concept of “slow” travel.
By using Carbonfund.org’s easy-to-use carbon calculator, Earthbound Expeditions is able to determine the size of your carbon footprint for any specific trip. Earthbound then sets aside a portion of the trip proceeds and purchases carbon credits that support renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects.
Over its five years as a Carbonfree® Business Partner, Earthbound Expeditions has neutralized over 7 million pounds of greenhouse gases, the same quantity of emissions as sequestered by planting 82,500 tree seedlings and growing them for ten years.
Earthbound is committed to supporting environmental education, community businesses and providing travelers with a one-of-a-kind, authentic travel experience while offsetting guests’ carbon footprint. Earthbounders stay in locally owned hotels, utilize the talents of locally trained lecturers, dine in small, family-owned establishments and support projects like the Alamar Organopónico Co-op farm in Cuba and the Greening Project in South Africa. In addition to regularly scheduled trips, Earthbound Expeditions also offers custom, hand-crafted overseas adventures for schools, universities, garden clubs, families and public radio stations.
Travel is often a life-changing experience. When you join Earthbound Expeditions, you can be confident that you are supporting local businesses, workers, schools and communities, while knowing that the carbon emissions generated by your travel are responsibly neutralized through the partnership between Earthbound Expeditions and Carbonfund.org.
The New Year is a great time for individuals and businesses to reevaluate their recycling efforts and overall carbon footprint and seek to reduce their impact every day. Currently less than 35% of US households recycle. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides great information about how to increase recycling efforts in your everyday living, and how your efforts will help your community.
Paper Culture, a Carbonfree® Business Partner for the past seven years, and online retailer of personalized cards, gifts and wall décor, evaluates and optimizes reductions in their carbon footprint on a regular basis. Through its seven-year participation in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership, Paper Culture has neutralized operational emissions equivalent to the carbon dioxide sequestered by planting 12,615 tree seedlings, then growing those trees for ten years.
They make sure that all of their business practices fall under their four pillars for sustainable operations (aka T.R.E.E):
1. Trees – Plant a tree with every order
2. Responsibility – Offer only eco-friendly products
3. Ethos – Operate sustainable business practices
4. Education – Help through community outreach and teaching
After evaluating the packaging in which products were sent to customers, the folks at Paper Culture felt there was an opportunity to engage and reinforce the importance of recycling and the power of planting one single tree. With most of their customers being parents with young kids, they also wanted it to find an interactive approach.
As a result, they came up with the ReversibleBox. The outside of the box is printed with eco-friendly water-based inks and is much more than just pretty typography; it's a reminder of the true impact of trees, from the air we breathe to the natural habitat they provide. On the reverse side of the box is a tree pattern with the recommendation that customers reuse the box the next time they need to send a package, store old photos or any other use they can imagine. In addition, the box contains tree seed packets with planting instructions.
Since the company plants a tree with every order, Paper Culture wanted their customers to be able to plant a tree of their own so they could enjoy and teach the benefits to the next generation.
Paper Culture CEO & Co-founder Christopher Wu says, "We are in a fortunate position to be able to connect to the future generations through our customers. We loved the idea of parents and their kids planting trees together, which creates both a teaching moment and the appreciation for one of earth's finest gifts."
Since the inception in 2009, Paper Culture has been providing modern and eco-friendly products, including personalized holiday cards, birth announcements, birthday invitations, gifts and wall decor. Carbonfund.org appreciates Paper Culture's ongoing commitment to reducing and neutralizing its operational emissions through its support of Carbonfund.org's reforestation projects around the world.