Friday, 05 March 2010 18:49 Written by Paul Burman
Warmer waters in the Arctic are causing methane releases from the ocean that have, until now, been very well stored. New research from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks is indicating that from an area west of the Bering Strait, plumes of methane can be observed rising from what was once permafrost. While researchers aren't making snap judgments about what this implies for the Earth's climate, the potential impacts could be huge. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is not as abundant in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, but has a warming effect about 23 times greater than CO2. Concentrations of methane have roughly doubled since pre-industrial times - most of these increases have come from human sources - and there appears to be no slowing of these emissions. One of the scarier things about global warming is that changes in temperature can have far-reaching effects. Scientifically, this is commonly referred to as feedback. If increased CO2 causes temperatures to rise and warm arctic waters such that stored methane is released, and that methane in turn warms the planet more causing more methane to be released - it's an example of feedback. Given the risks and effects - such as rising sea levels, floods, heat waves and spread of diseases are serious - it makes sense for all of us to take action on global warming. Remember to calculate, reduce and offset your carbon footprint today. For example, check out Carbonfund.org's carbon calculators and third-party validated carbon reduction projects to offset your footprint by clicking here.
Friday, 13 November 2009 17:02 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 08:02 Written by Alterra Hetzel
Where before people might have stood outside and remarked to their neighbor, “Hmm, it is unseasonable hot for this time of year – I wonder why,” now they can instantly locate scores of articles and data online and share it with their whole social network with 140 character Tweet. Our way of talking about climate change has, well, changed. Here are three ways to use technology to change the way you take action. Amtrak’s New App for iPhone This free app gives access to all Amtrak’s travel information, trip booking on the go, and up-to-date train schedules. In fact, through the partnership with Carbonfund.org, this app even allows the option for carbon neutral travel. That’s a win-win for the environment, considering rail is one of the most energy efficient ways to travel. Click here to get this App. Shopkick’s app for iPhone or Android Shopkick gives you rewards points for simply walking into your favorite stores. You can collect your kicks™ rewards at millions of stores in America then use those points for a wide variety of redemption options, one of which is the ability to donate to over 20 great causes. Supporting Carbonfund.org’s climate mitigation projects is on the list, making it a quick, easy and free way to support the environment. Click here to get this App. Care2 Widget Care2 is the largest and fastest growing social action network boasting over 16 million members. Care2 also owns and operates the #1 site for petitions with as many as 24 million signatures in the past year. Care2 has more than 100 partner sites, including Carbonfund.org. Visitors to www.carbonfund.org will now see a petition widget on the page that allows visitors to take action on a number of important environmental issues. Learn more about Care2, visit: Care2.com. Or go directly to The Petition Site. Motorola Citrus Smartphone Available exclusively through Verizon, Motorola’s Citrus is a touch screen smartphone with an Android operating system. It’s small, fast, highly customizable and has lots of great apps and services like social networking. The phone is also the only smartphone on the market that can boast such high environmental considerations. The Citrus is made from 25% post–consumer recycled plastic, packaged with eco–friendly materials and certified Carbon Free® through an alliance with Carbonfund.org. This means that the phone’s full lifecycle emissions are carbon neutral. And, with a 2-year Verizon contract, you can get it for free online. Click here to get the phone or learn more.
Friday, 21 January 2011 11:25 Written by Alterra Hetzel
There really is an app for that? There are actually TWO apps for that! Available on iPhone and Android, shopkick is a new mobile app that gives you rewards simply for walking into stores, scanning products and signing up friends. With shopkick you earn “kickbucks,” which are points you collect to receive gifts and bonuses at millions of stores and restaurants in America, plus iTunes gift cards, Facebook credits, movie tickets, and much more. If you're feeling like a “do-gooder,” donate your kickbucks to 30 different causes, including Carbonfund.org. For users, the concept is simple and the technology is amazing. Check into a store by scanning an item with the camera on your mobile phone and then tap on it. You’re in! In addition, users receive special promotional offers from corporate sponsors, which are delivered right to your phone as a barcode that can be scanned at the register, an easy, instant and paper-free way to save. For companies, going to this mobile app allows them to reach hundreds of thousands of users and shoppers by offering mobile deals and discounts. Shopkick also allows business to be associated with great causes, like supporting climate mitigation projects through the partnership with Carbonfund.org. Want another app? CauseWorld works with Carbonfund.org, too! CauseWorld allows users to accumulate “karmas” when visiting various stores, with no purchase required, which can then be used for donations. With one karma, Carbonfund.org will offset two pounds of carbon emissions. The average American produces 50-100 pounds of carbon per day, so this is a great way to help offset your daily footprint. The concept of mobile altruism has certainly not gone unnoticed, with corporate sponsors like American Eagle Outfitters, Best Buy, Crate & Barrel, Macy’s, Simon Malls, Sports Authority, Target, Wet Seal (and many more), joining in to offer shoppers valuable promotions all over the country. To download and learn more about these apps, go to CauseWorld, shopkick, or watch this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esAPuqCQ5Z8
Friday, 18 December 2009 17:40
Anvil Knitwear and Designer Vivienne Westwood Collaborate to Support REDD+ & Help Stop DeforestationWritten by Emily Pugliese
Carbonfund.org partner Anvil Knitwear have joined forces with renowned fashion designer Vivienne Westwood to launch a limited edition T-shirt to support the efforts of rainforest nations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to stop deforestation. Deforestation is responsible for over 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than all the world's cars and trucks combined. The Coalition for Rainforest Nations wants slow the rate of deforestation by initiating a mechanism known as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation). Through REDD+, the United Nations will issue carbon credits for each hectare of living rainforest giving landowners a financial incentive to keep their land forested instead of logging it. Anvil Knitwear, Inc, a leading manufacturer of socially and environmentally responsible apparel and accessories, provided eco-friendly T-shirts from its AnvilSustainable™ collection. Each shirt is made with a blend of recycled polyester, derived from approximately three recycled plastic bottles and transitional cotton that comes from farms that are converting to organic farming methods, a three-year process required for receiving organic certification. Anvil Knitwear is also supporting rainforest protection through their partnership with Carbonfund.org. Earlier this year the AnvilRecyled™ tees received our CarbonFree® Product Certification. To meet rigorous standards of the CarbonFree® Product Certification Program, Anvil assessed the carbon footprint of the recycled tee throughout its lifecycle, from raw materials sourcing, manufacturing and transportation to screen printing, consumer use and disposal. Anvil made the tee carbon neutral by reducing emissions during the production process and by supporting the Return to Forest reforestation project in Nicaragua. To learn more about all of Anvil’s impressive sustainability efforts, please visit www.anvilknitwearcsr.com.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 17:42 Written by Emily Pugliese
Now you can track the life of your t-shirt from the farm to the factory to your back, and everywhere in between! Anvil Knitwear, Inc. announced the launch of TrackMyT.com, a groundbreaking, interactive website that chronicles and brings to life the complete journey and environmental impact of a t-shirt, from cottonseed to consumer. The site, which specifically tracks t-shirts for youth ages two to 12, allows users to explore cotton farms, a gin and spinners, as well as Anvil's textile mill, cut and sew plants, and distribution facility -- all by inputting a unique tracking number printed on their very own shirt. Anvil Knitwear started the tracking process when they determined the carbon footprint of their AnvilRecyled™ tees while pursuing Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree® Product Certification. To meet rigorous standards of the CarbonFree® Product Certification Program, Anvil assessed the carbon footprint of the recycled tee throughout its lifecycle, from raw materials sourcing, manufacturing and transportation to screen printing, consumer use and disposal. Anvil made the tee carbon neutral by reducing emissions during the production process and by supporting reforestation projects. In keeping with Anvil's commitment to being an environmentally and socially responsible company, the TrackMyT.com site explores the differences between organic and conventional cotton farming, and calculates the carbon footprint of each step in the manufacturing process. Because many consumers are unaware that an average of 60 percent of a shirt's carbon contribution comes from a lifetime of washing and wearing (as opposed to its manufacturing), the site identifies ways the user can minimize his or her carbon footprint as a t-shirt owner. Anvil Knitwear, Inc., a socially and environmentally responsible manufacturer of sportswear and accessories, is a leader in the sustainable apparel industry with its AnvilOrganic®, AnvilRecycled™ and AnvilSustainable™ brands. Anvil was ranked as the world's sixth largest organic program for 2008 and the largest domestic purchaser of US grown certified organic cotton and transitional cotton (cotton in conversion to organic farming methods). Anvil offers 16 affordable eco styles made from a variety of fibers such as certified organic cotton, transitional cotton, recycled cotton, and recycled PET bottles and blends, as well approximately 70 traditional styles. Anvil's website www.TrackMyT.com offers educational information on the making of its youth tees. For more information about Anvil, please visit www.anvilknitwear.com or www.anvilcsr.com. You can also learn more about the CarbonFree® Product Certification Program and CarbonFree® Certified, the first carbon neutral product label in the US at www.carbonfund.org/products.
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:44 Written by Dare Wenzler
Anvil Knitwear, a century-old apparel brand, has joined the fast-growing Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition. Anvil becomes the 20th member of BICEP, a group of major American companies committed to working with businesses and policymakers to enact meaningful energy and climate policies. For Anvil, joining BICEP is an important next step toward ensuring sustainable global growth. BICEP’s core principles call for reducing greenhouse gases, promoting energy efficiency, and supporting creation of a globally competitive clean energy economy. Anvil’s practices have long been aligned with these principles; the company has taken steps to measure, reduce and report on its own environmental footprint. Anvil's eco collection is comprised of 15 environmentally friendly t-shirts, fleeces and bags, including the AnvilOrganic® line made with 100 percent organic cotton. The AnvilRecycled™ tee, made from 69 percent pre-consumer recycled cotton, is certified CarbonFree® by Carbonfund.org and was the first carbon-neutral recycled cotton t-shirt on the market. BICEP is coordinated by Ceres, a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change. While Anvil is the newest BICEP member, it joined Ceres and adopted its principles in 2007. Within months of its founding with just five charter members, BICEP became a leading business voice for comprehensive energy and climate policy in the last Congress where such legislation came closer than ever to becoming a reality. The U.S. House passed comprehensive legislation in June 2009, and a Senate coalition headed by Democrat John Kerry of Massachusetts and Independent Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut sponsored similar legislation for the Senate. The Obama administration has also been active in pushing for comprehensive energy and climate action.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 09:38 Written by Alterra Hetzel
Anvil Knitwear has always been a champion for responsible business and has been an important partner to Carbonfund.org since 2009. Made from 69% pre-consumer recycled cotton, AnvilRecycled is Certified CarbonFree®. Anvil calculated the carbon footprint of the recycled t-shirt and is reducing and off-setting the carbon emissions of each shirt sold through our 3 year and counting partnership. But Anvil is doing so much more to lead the global green movement. In October 2011, Anvil Knitwear teamed up with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) GreenUp campaign to help Europe to ‘GreenUp’ as the world looks towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012. Vivienne Westwood’s Tree-shirts, printed on the AnvilOrganic(TM) and AnvilRecycled(R) line, will raise funds for reforestation efforts in Europe. “Buy a Tree-shirt, Plant a Tree” is the first of 10 actions of GreenUp. Tree-shirts are available exclusively on www.yoox.com, giving all net sale proceeds for the program. Follow the campaign on Twitter @UNEPGreenUp for monthly citizen actions on what you can do to help make a green economy! Also, in May 2011, Anvil Knitwear was awarded “Best First Time Report” by Ceres and the Association for Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for North America at the Ceres conference in Oakland, California. And, in December 2011, they will be releasing their 2011 CSR Progress Report that debuts Anvil’s first Water Footprint Assessment. Anvil Knitwear, Inc., an American brand since 1899, is a leading manufacturer of sportswear and accessories, with a proven track record in engaging in responsible business practices. The company is also a leader in the sustainable apparel industry with its AnvilOrganic® and AnvilSustainable™ brands. Anvil has been ranked by the Textile Exchange as the world's seventh-largest organic program and it is the largest domestic purchaser of U.S.-grown certified organic cotton. Anvil offers a wide variety of affordable styles made from fibers such as certified organic cotton, transitional cotton, recycled cotton, and recycled PET bottles and blends in addition to over 70 traditional styles. For more information, please visit www.anvilknitwear.com, www.anvilcsr.com, www.shirtscan.com and www.TrackMyT.com.