Paper Culture is one of Carbonfund.org's newest CarbonFree® Business Partners.  We are proud to have them on board.  An online, modern stationary company, Paper Culture offers its customers unique, original, and environmentally responsible stationary products. logos_paper-cultureInspired by brands like Kate Spade, Design Within Reach, Mini, Marc Jacobs and Apple, Paper Culture offers distinctive designs.  If you like clean lines, a modern point of view and design that focuses on bold colors and fresh typography, Paper Culture is the right fit for you. In addition to using FSC certified, 100% post-consumer recycled content paper, the company utilizes wind energy. All of their paper is chlorine-free and all envelopes and packaging are made from recycled paper.  The company also minimizes their office footprint by using environmentally friendly products - from the paper in their printers, to the light bulbs in their office, to the non-toxic cleaning products in their kitchen.  If you're looking for convenience, individualization, and environmentally responsible stationery, visit Paper Culture.
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 14:24

Five CarbonFree®, Climate-Friendly Stocking Stuffers

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Here are some gift suggestions from our rigorous CarbonFree® Product Certification Program for products that have reduced their carbon footprint and have earned the CarbonFree® product label. For the coffee lover: Perk up their morning with a new brew and a new way of consuming coffee. Grounds for Change Coffee gracefully straddles the line between producing a quality product and engaging in socially, financially and environmentally responsible business practices. For the electronics lover: The latest gadget may already be sitting under the tree. Why not stuff their stocking this year with CarbonFree® Certified batteries. Eco Alkalines are certified carbon neutral and they're made without Cadmium, Lead, or Mercury. For the chef: Honey is a great ingredient for everything from apricot glazed chicken to baklava. The gourmand in your life will truly appreciate this pantry staple from Royal Hawaiian Honey. For the teenager: They’re too cool for a hand-knit Christmas sweater, so might as well get them a hoody they’ll actually wear. 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. For the cell phone enthusiast: When it comes to technology, some people revel in having the newest product on the market. It seems like everyone has a smartphone these days, but the Motorola CITRUS™ is the first in its class when it comes to “green tech,” with the phone’s housing made from 25% post-consumer recycled plastic, the packaging made from 80% post-consumer recycled paper, and Motorola balancing the carbon dioxide required to manufacture, distribute and operate the phone in support of third-party validated renewable energy and reforestation projects.
Sustainability has become of growing interest in the wine industry with wineries focusing on producing lower-impact, high quality wines. Importers and distributors are starting to react by offering a larger selection of these eco-friendly wines and taking responsibility for the environmental impact of their business practices. The Artisan Collection was a bit ahead of the curve. artisan1An importer of a carefully selected portfolio of high quality wines from Spain, Portugal and Argentina, they have been a partner since 2007 and are offsetting the carbon emissions associated with their business practices by supporting Carbonfund.org's third-party verified carbon-reducing renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. The Artisan Collection makes a significant effort to reduce what they can by increasing energy efficiency, recycling and preserving natural resources. They also encourage their suppliers to operate in a more sustainable manner by using lighter wine bottles and recycled packaging. Founded in 2003, today the company sells its wines in more than 30 States. To learn more visit their site http://theartisancollection.us.
To encourage green business development in diverse communities, Abundant Communities Together launches its annual event on Friday, May 21, 2010 to be held in Melville, NY. "GREEN UP! The Emerging Green Economy: Access & Opportunity for Diverse Communities" is free and will feature speakers including the head of the New York Power Authority and Majora Carter – a leading community activist in the Bronx. This event offers a great opportunity for those in the New York City Metro area to help usher in an environmentally sustainable future. If you’re wondering how your home, organization, congregation or business can take advantage of green technologies to reduce costs and/or increase revenue, learn more about this event. Advance registration is required, so visit: www.actogether.net.
CarbonFree® Partner Central Coast Outdoors offers the best local tours in California’s Central Coast.  Long residents of San Luis Obispo, founders John and Virginia Flaherty take pride in their local expertise and knowledge of all Central California has to offer.  Early this year, founder Virginia Flaherty released a Brant Goose that had been recuperating from a broken wing.  Working with Pacific Wildlife Care, she helps rescue and rehabilitate wildlife in the area. Goose ReleaseFor the second consecutive year, Central Coast Outdoors is offsetting its carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org. By supporting over a dozen local environmental organizations, Central Coast Outdoors has developed a business that gives great tours and helps the environment.  If you’re looking for a great outdoors vacation with true nature lovers, you’ll be in great hands with Central Coast Outdoors.  They’re long time locals who can take you kayaking, biking, or for a great trip through the local wine country.
EMPSi is a consulting firm providing environmental compliance and permitting services to government agencies and private clients. The company focuses on projects expected to have a positive impact on the planet, such as those involving renewable energy and sustainable land and resource management planning. empsiAlso, the company donates 10 percent of net profits to charities, focusing on projects that better the environment. The company operates as paper-free as it can, has flexible work-from-home policies, encourages the use of public transit in commutes, and offsets its carbon footprint. The company's tagline, "Bringing clarity to the complex™," means it has handled complex projects and has applied science, analysis, and creativity to achieve realistic, implementable solutions. Learn more at www.empsi.com.

EMPSi is an consulting firm that provides environmental compliance and permitting services to government agencies and private clients. We focus on projects that have a positive impact on the planet, such as those involving renewable energy and sustainable land and resource management planning.

We are happy to announce that the GoECOlife™ Platinum Series™ Paper Shredder (GXC120Ti) which carries the CarbonFree® label was one of four shredders “RECOMMENDED” by Consumer Reports in their recent paper shredder review. 19 paper shredders from various brands were tested for speed, capacity and convenience. The GoECOlife™ GXC120Ti rated well in all categories. Consumers can feel additionally confident that they are purchasing a quality product that works well for the customer and the earth! However, this paper shredder scores first in reducing its carbon footprint. The GoECOlife™ GXC120Ti features commercial-grade performance in a personal-sized machine. It utilizes an energy-saving technology that prevents vampire energy waste when the shredder is not in use, but still plugged into an outlet. To earn the CarbonFree® Product Certification, the GoECOlife™ GXC120Ti underwent a rigorous product life-cycle assessment performed by WSP Group to determine the carbon footprint. In addition to using energy-saving technology, GoECOlife™ reduced the remaining carbon footprint through support of Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. This is a purchase that offices and individuals can feel confident about! To learn more about Consumer Reports paper shredder ratings please visit: www.consumerreports.organd to learn more about the GoECOlife™ please click www.goecolife.com.  
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 16:59

Carbon Reduced, Economy Stimulated

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With both our economy and our climate in crisis mode right now, the 'Cash for Clunkers' CARS program took aim at both reducing global warming emissions and spurring investment in America's manufacturers. The program came to a close on Monday and has been deemed 'wildly successful' by Dept. of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Dealers submitted 690,114 rebate claims totaling $2.88 billion dollars. 84% of people traded in their 'clunker' trucks for fuel efficient cars like Toyota Corrolla, Honda Civic and the Toyota Camry. The switch from older trucks to more efficient cars has resulted in a 58% improvement in MPG among the nearly 700,000 participants of the CARS program. That is going to save consumers a lot of gas and a lot of money! There are many benefits to a program like CARS that highlight what Americans may be able to expect from comprehensive climate legislation.
  • Job Creation - by putting the right incentives in place that encourage greener technologies, jobs are created that can't be outsourced. Americans need to build the technology needed to meet our ambitious climate goals. The CARS program claims to have saved or created over 42,000 jobs and boosted economic growth for the third quarter of 2009 by 0.3-0.4 percentage points.
  • Consumer Savings - though there is an upfront cost to cleaner technologies (those participating in the CARS program were only subsidized for part of the value of the new vehicle, the rest they had to spend out of pocket), savings will be reaped over the long run. An average vehicle's lifespan is about 13 years and 145,000 miles - so one vehicle traded in through the CARS program will use about 3,354 fewer gallons (and emit about 65,600 fewer pounds of CO2!) than their clunker predecessors over that lifetime. Assuming gas costs $3.00 over that lifespan, that is a savings of more than $10,000!
  • Environmental Benefits - the benefits to the environment from reducing emissions, be it at the tailpipe or at a smokestack, are multifaceted. By reducing global warming pollutants, we are also improving local air quality (which improves human health), preventing the release of toxic materials that seep into our water and food (which also improves human health), and reducing the need to drill or mine for fossil fuel resources.
The CARS program was a success because it was an easy to understand initiative that benefited consumers and the environment. Many of the proposed initiatives in the current climate legislation provide this same kind of win-win. If only the Waxman-Markey bill had four-wheels, a steering wheel, and surround sound stereo, I don't think that we would still be debating it's merits in congress... Vroom Vroom! (Image Courtesy of the AP)