Is it possible to be stylish while remaining environmentally responsible? This is one of the key questions that online luxury retailer ETHICA set out to address, and they’ve incorporated many components into their sustainability initiatives in order to achieve it.
Becoming CarbonFree® was an early step along the sustainability path for ETHICA. Through the CarbonFree® Business Partnership program, ETHICA’s donations neutralize their annual operational emissions while supporting carbon emissions reduction projects around the world. ETHICA also offers eco-friendly packaging and carbon-neutral shipping with every order.
"As a retailer devoted to promoting ethical and sustainable fashion, we are naturally committed to minimizing our environmental impact and remaining a carbon-neutral business,” explains Carolina Cantor, Co-Founder of ETHICA. “SHOPETHICA.COM's corporate values align with Carbonfund.org’s mission and its efforts in the fight against climate change."
The company is based in a LEED-certified green building in New York City and carefully selects the designers it promotes to ensure that they are adhering to ethical and environmentally sustainable practices.
ETHICA’s featured designers focus on manufacturing locally to reduce the environmental impact of transporting materials. Most items are made by hand or in small batches in an effort to decelerate the “fast fashion” cycle, as well as to avoid the environmental impact of machine-driven assembly lines. They select quality materials and pay their producers fairly, which in turn contributes to more realistic prices that challenge the idea that fashion is disposable. Many of the fashion items found on SHOPETHICA.com are made using salvaged, reclaimed, recycled or upcycled materials, as well as natural and organic fibers that can be more easily recycled or that will decompose or biodegrade more quickly than synthetics. ETHICA seeks out designs that are timeless, quality products designed to have long life-cycles, rather than throwaway pieces to be discarded as part of a relentless trend cycle.
ETHICA is helping to drive the trend away from throwaway fashions towards designs with longevity and durability in mind, enabling those who own their products to consume less. Their leadership in sustainable business practices positions ETHICA in the front of fashion-forward and environmentally responsible luxury e-retailing.
In Hindi, the word “uchit” means “fair” or “just”. New CarbonFree® Business Partner Uchit Corporation believes that a fairer world should include people and the natural environment in which we live.
Uchit partners with artisan cooperatives – the majority of whose members are women - to offer fair trade, hand woven textile goods through its online store. Uchit was created for women’s empowerment and a majority of profits go towards supporting projects aimed at achieving that goal. As a registered California Benefit Corporation, Uchit is obligated to provide a general public benefit – a material positive impact on society and the environment. Uchit does so by practicing fair trade, following rigorous environmental policies and giving back to the society.
In order to achieve its environmental objective to keep its footprint on the earth as small as possible, Uchit sources only eco-friendly fabrics made using earth friendly dyes. Every aspect of Uchit is run with the environment in mind, and this is reflected in the product fabrics, labels, packaging and shipping. The additional step to neutralize all remaining operational emissions with Carbonfund.org completes Uchit’s commitment to being a fully sustainable business.
“Uchit believes in a fairer world – both for humans and the earth,” states Ruksana Azhu Valappil, President and CEO of Uchit. “Our commitment to the environment matches that of Carbonfund.org. It is only natural that we arepartners in our environmental objectives.”
Uchit offers a “fair deal” to the artisans whose products it sells, to its customers, and to the environment through attention to sustainable business practices and CarbonFree® operations.
The Shipwreck Rally is arguably the world's longest, most treacherous and totally unsupported rally – yet with a mission directly tied to charity. Each team must raise a minimum of $1000 for one of the two sponsored charities and must offset the carbon emissions from each team car for the year through Carbonfund.org
This endurance car and motorcycle adventure starts in New York City and ends in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego province, in Argentina, often considered the southernmost city in the world.
The rally is named after Cape Horn, which marked a hazardous trade route with strong winds, currents and large waves that turned many sailors' ships into shipwrecks. Shunning low airfares, pre-packaged vacations and all-inclusive destinations, the Shipwreck Rally harks back to a time when traveling meant adventure and getting lost – like really lost – but with the off-chance that you'd find something more precious along the way: yourself.
Founded by digital designer Stefan Minea, the rally is not a race - there are no prizes given and there are no checkpoints. The cars and motorcycles participating need to be everyday cars and bikes, and four-wheel drive is not allowed. There can be four participants per team, there's no designated route, and more importantly, it’s all about the journey – not the destination.
Start of the Rally: December 29, 2013 – New York, NY
Launch Party: December 31, 2013 – Austin, Texas
Finish: Arrive in Ushuaia by the end of February
Vehicles: Cars with a 2.0l engine or smaller; motorcycles 250cc and under
Entry Fee: $1085 (+$800 refundable vehicle deposit)
So, you're having a baby...Congratulations! What better gift to give your new bundle of joy than fresh clean air! Whether you’re a brand-new parent, busy raising kids or playing with your grandkids, caring for our environment to ensure its health for future generations should be a top concern.
One of the ways you can help support a healthy environment is to carefully select the products you purchase and the businesses you choose to support. Looking for strong sustainability programs and commitments to environmentally-responsible operations will enable you to support those companies that are doing their part to protect the environment.
For the past six years, CarbonFree® Business Partner Baby Rain, a leading online baby products retailer operating both www.pamperedtot.com and www.babychecklist.com, has neutralized all carbon emissions from its annual business operations and product shipping.
"Our business is booming! With our success comes a need for more packaging materials, marketing collateral, and fuel to power the vehicles used to deliver our products to thousands of customers across the USA and around the world,” explains Greg Charlap, Owner of Baby Rain. “As a business, we not only want to offset our growing footprint, but would also like to educate our customers about this worthy and necessary cause. Carbonfund.org helps us do both!"
Through the CarbonFree® Business Partnership, Baby Rain makes investments in carbon-offsetting projects, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation. Each project plays an important role in the fight against global warming.
In addition, Baby Rain plants a tree through Carbonfund.org for every stroller order they receive - a great way to give back and replace resources they use. These ongoing commitments to environmental responsibility make Baby Rain a great choice for baby care products from a company that’s helping to protect the planet’s future.
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This month, Carbonfund.org celebrates our 10th anniversary! In honor of this accomplishment, we’re urging our donors, supporters and business partners to plant 10 trees, and we’ll match your effort by planting 10 additional trees, now through 11/3/2013.
We are happy, proud and especially thankful for all of our supporters. We appreciate partnering with you to combat global warming. Making the choice to "reduce what you can, offset what you can't" makes you a critical part of the climate change solution.
Many people don’t know that deforestation is responsible for roughly 20% of global warming. Fortunately, planting trees has a multitude of benefits; chief of which is absorbing carbon dioxide to reduce climate change.
Birthday cake and cards are great, but let’s plant more trees to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Don’t forget we’ll add 10 trees and double your impact on reducing global warming.
Carbonfund.org’s “Environmental Triple-Play” combined a tree-planting campaign, which enabled people to help the environment, dine for free and enter to win a Caribbean vacation. The trip sweepstakes portion of the campaign was awarded in September to Thom and Kari C. of Boston, MA. The couple spent a week in gorgeous Turks and Caicos with free roundtrip airfare and a condo and car rental included. Kari realized a lifelong dream of horseback riding on the beach and in the surf.
“The trip was wonderful -- definitely in our Top Five Vacations of all time. We are extremely grateful to Carbonfund.org for giving us the opportunity to experience the islands.” said Thom of their fabulous Caribbean vacation.
Entry to the trip sweepstakes portion of the Environmental Triple-Play was accomplished by becoming a fan of Carbonfund.org on Facebook.
Thom and Kari took the time to not only enjoy, but learn about the ecology of Turks and Caicos. “We snorkeled for the first time at Coral Gardens and off Middle Caicos where we saw gorgeous coral and colorful marine life. I was aware of both how beautiful and vulnerable Turks' reef is. The north shore of Turks is protected by the world's third largest barrier reef. While the country strives to preserve its natural beauty, you can't help but wonder how larger forces like global warming endanger the coral that sustain all these species. The sea life seemed all the more precious because it is tough to say how long it will survive rising temperatures.”
Carbonfund.org’s trip sweepstakes winners also walked the talk by offsetting their flight on their own. They were compelled to plant trees and were encouraged by the ease with which they were able to do so on our website at http://www.carbonfund.org.
Stay tuned for more campaigns in the coming months that combine planting trees and dining for free. You could be our next winner!
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.”
The United Nations’ (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their climate change report on Friday that they produce about every five to six years. The IPCC’s last report was published in 2007. The UN created the IPCC to assess the science, risks and impacts of global warming, and the IPCC is considered the world's leading authority on climate change.
A press release from the IPCC says, “It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. The evidence for this has grown, thanks to more and better observations, an improved understanding of the climate system response and improved climate models.”
“Warming in the climate system is unequivocal and since 1950 many changes have been observed throughout the climate system that are unprecedented over decades to millennia. Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any preceding decade since 1850, reports the Summary for Policymakers of the IPCC Working Group I assessment report, Climate Change 2013: the Physical Science Basis, approved on Friday by member governments of the IPCC in Stockholm, Sweden.”
Extremely likely is an upgrade from a previous report that said it was very likely that human intervention was spurring climate change. The IPCC defines extremely likely as 95–100% probability of an outcome or a result, and very likely as 90–100% probability.
The report's authors do not conduct original research for the assessments, so the IPCC reports are primarily summaries of the state of the field. The findings are based on the aggregated results of the most recent published and peer-reviewed climate change research with more than 600 researchers from 32 countries reviewing more than 9,000 peer-reviewed studies for this report. They produced 2,000 pages of scientific analysis and worked through 56,000 comments.
Friday’s report represents the first of four sections that ultimately make up the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report, or AR5. Other parts of the report examine socioeconomic impacts and potential ways to mitigate the effects of climate change.
US Secretary of State John Kerry responded to the UN report with this statement:
"Those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire. Once again, the science grows clearer, the case grows more compelling, and the costs of inaction grow beyond anything that anyone with conscience or common sense should be willing to even contemplate."
The bottom line is alarm bells should be going off as you read about this disturbing report. Each of us influences climate change and it should frighten you that some of its impacts are happening faster than originally expected. We need to do more to correct the problem. This massive and critical report points to long term implications if we do not embrace a sustainable, cleaner energy future posthaste.