An article published in Mongabay goes deep into the international issues surrounding REDD, or "reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation," a program that seeks to make forests economically valuable as living entities. The shocking image to the right shows deforestation-induced erosion in Madagascar from October 2004. Without a plan to stop the deforestation of our world's forests, any global climate treaty would be avoiding dealing with the estimated 20-25% of global CO2 emissions. "The premise of REDD is straightforward: tropical forests store roughly 25 percent of the planet's terrestrial carbon, more than 300 billion tons. When forests are cut—their vegetation burned and timber converted into wood products—much of this carbon is released in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide." "The clearing of 50,000 square miles of tropical forest annually accounts for roughly 20 percent of global emissions from human activities—a share larger than all the world's planes, ships, cars, and trucks combined. In other words, despite the attention given to the fuel efficiency of cars and the number of flights taken by celebrities, parking all the world's jets and cars still wouldn't offset the annual emissions from global deforestation." Read the rest of this informative article here>>
Friday, 14 January 2011 16:45 Written by Linda Kelly
Have a special occasion coming up? Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, get well wish or new baby to celebrate, make it a truly unique and healthy gift with OrganicBaskets.com. When you send an Organic gift basket, you are letting the recipient know that you care about them and the environment. Organic Baskets is a family owned and operated business dedicated to selling only USDA certified Organic gift baskets from the best orchards and farms in the world. As a new partner with Carbonfund.org, Organic Baskets is taking the extra step to offset their business emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction projects. Organic Baskets has a gift basket designed for everyone and for every occasion. They offer a large selection of congratulations gift baskets to help celebrate any special day, as well as a wonderful line of eco-friendly corporate gifts that make it easy to show clients how much you appreciate them. OrganicBaskets.com guarantees 100% customer satisfaction, offering a refund or a replacement gift to be sent out immediately. Act now to take advantage of their Valentine's Day special. Take 10% off the gift of your choice by entering the code "holiday" at checkout. OrganicBaskets.com -- Always Fresh... Always Organic.
Do you love the calming glow of candlelight on a soft summer evening? Do you know what you’re burning, and as a result, what you, your family, your customers, and your clients are breathing? Make the clean, safe and affordable choice with palm wax candles from GoodLight Natural Candles. GoodLight Natural Candles offers the lowest-priced paraffin-free candles on the market. GoodLight’s full line of unscented tea lights, votives, tapers, and pillars are made only with 100% palm wax and pure cotton wicks, contain no additives whatsoever, and burn clean, emitting no soot or toxins. Born at the Bluecorn retail booth in New York City’s Union Square Holiday Market, GoodLight founders Jon and David set out to develop an affordable candle that was all natural and non-toxic to replace all the nasty little paraffin votives burning on the tables of New York's restaurants -- and everywhere else for that matter. It took a lot of trial and error to find a product they believed in, but they finally did it. The result is GoodLight Natural Candles’ unscented utility candles that are priced to compete with the petroleum-based paraffin candles that are polluting your air and your lungs with their poisonous fumes. While Jon and David love beeswax and soy wax candles, they felt those waxes produced candles a bit too expensive for those who buy bulk candles and have to stick to a budget. Palm wax is a completely non-toxic product of palm fruit, a rapidly renewable resource that also happens to be the most efficient and highest yielding oil-producing plant on earth. In their quest to figure out a cost-competitive replacement for those soot-spewing petroleum candles, they read what environmentalists had to say about palm and deforestation, and then learned about the sustainability movement being pioneered by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and its associates to help put an end to the deforestation and create sustainable palm oil cultivation. Palm trees require exponentially less irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides than crops like soy and rapeseed (canola), while yielding up to 10 times more oil per acre than any other oil-producing plant. The sustainable palm oil trees, which are non-GMO, also provide forest cover during their 25-year life span, producing oxygen while sequestering carbon dioxide. These long life spans also mean that palm crops aren’t getting mowed down every year and the soil’s not getting tilled; therefore, palm cultivation causes much less erosion or pollution. As the demand for palm products increases, an important part of the GoodLight mission is to help advance the movement in Malaysia and elsewhere to stop related deforestation by working with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and GreenPalm, organizations that are pioneering sustainability in palm farming. GoodLight pays a premium to RSPO-certified growers who have implemented the most efficient and sustainable farming practices, and who believe in social responsibility and protecting native forests. In addition, all of their packaging is recycled/recyclable and printed with soy-based inks. And GoodLight Natural Candles chose to partner with Carbonfund.org as part of their 1% For the Planet commitment, in order to offset their business and shipping emissions (and then some), and to support the reforestation projects that Carbonfund.org supports. GoodLight Natural Candles are available at many retailers and online. So enjoy that soft candlelight glow – at home, at work, as gifts – with GoodLight Natural Candles.
With the large number of products in the marketplace, how do brands stand out? Making quality products is critical these days, but so is differentiating a product and making it more climate-friendly to be sustainable. A good example is the GoECOlife™ line of products for home, small and large offices. GoECOlife™ has certified a number of products CarbonFree®, the first carbon neutral product certification program and label in the US. Herman Chang, CEO of GoECOlife™ parent INTEK, says consumers should not have to sacrifice "style, functionality, or quality of product" when buying sustainable products. INTEK recently signed a letter of intent to merge with Lexon Technologies, Inc., which makes recycled toner. The consumer value of GoECOlife™ products including CarbonFree® Certified products were a major driver of interest in INTEK's offerings. Lexon Technologies' CEO James Park said, "We’re truly excited about the synergies that both companies share with each other... The main stimulus for this [merger] was the tremendous growth potential of the GoECOlife™ brand and the strong demand for products associated with this brand." Check out CarbonFree® Certified GoECOlife™ products here. Certified carbon neutral products are now available from other leading brands as well including Motorola Renew mobile phones, Florida Crystals and Domino sugars, and AnvilRecycled™ apparel. Learn more about Carbonfund.org's product certification program.
As an avid cyclist and motorcyclist, I can tell you that there is nothing better than getting around the world on two wheels. The wind in your hair, the agility and the freedom make the experience second to none. Both the bike and the motorcycle provide me a lot of fun and give me practical transportation, but I always felt there could be a greener alternative for motorcycles to generate the power. Brammo, Inc., an Oregon-based electric motorcycle manufacturer sports a small fleet of electric motorcycles that can get you from point a to point b without using a drop of gasoline. Their electric motorcycles are designed for performance, with their Empulse model being able to reach speeds of over 100+ and has a range of over 100 miles. That kind of speed would keep me happy, though it could also get me in trouble. Recently, Brammo worked with Carbonfund.org to offset their participation in the Red Bull Grand Prix at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA in support of our third-party validated carbon reduction projects. They offset their travel to and from the event and mitigated the impact of the electricity used to power the electric motorcycle! So if you get your motorcycle license, try an electric motorcycle and offset your remaining emissions with Carbonfund.org to support our projects. Like Brammo, we are fast and clean.
Maybe I’m a bit of a romantic, but I love almost everything about weddings and wedding planning. But weddings can quickly get very expensive for both your wallet and the planet. With the wedding season rapidly approaching I’m sure there are a lot of brides out there wondering how they can make their wedding a little greener and easier to plan. Need some ideas about how to reduce your footprint and the cost for your spring wedding? Think about using flowers that are in season and grown locally. If you’re planning a spring wedding think tulips, daffodils or, my personal favorite, peonies! Also consider purchasing a used or sample dress. My own gown was a sample which meant that I could afford a designer gown on a very small budget. You can even rent your dress for the big day! Carbonfund.org Partner, The Green Bride Guide, offers tons of ideas like these to help you plan your perfect green wedding. From pictures and stories about real green weddings, to articles and advice on eco-chic decor, and a wide range of eco-friendly products, check out the online guide today.
Friday, 01 October 2010 11:59 Written by Alterra Hetzel
Carbonfund.org spent the day at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, September 25th as Virgin and IMP event productions presented Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010. The festival started at Noon, with 21 artists playing on 3 different stages, all in one day! In addition, the day was filled with fun packed activities including a Ferris wheel, a Playstation tent, evening fireworks and all the festival food anyone would ever want. Our educational booth, alongside others like Virgin Unite and Music 4 More, let concertgoers learn how to reduce their climate impact and support carbon reduction projects. To illustrate what festival attendees are doing to reduce where they could, Carbonfund.org offered a large canvas. Here are some favorite quotes from the canvas: "Use natural sunlight during the day." "Bike everywhere." "Unplug electronic devices that are not in use." "Recycle." "Did you know you can run a diesel engine on waste vegetable oil?" "Use public transportation." "We borrow the earth from our children. We don't own it." "Hire locals." "Reuse your drink cups at Virgin Fest." "Nature rocks my socks." The festival was great and Carbonfund.org thanks everyone who came by to support us. And a huge thank you to both Virgin Mobile and IMP for having us. See you next year. Please remember to reduce what you can, offset what you can't.
Born in Love is a unique pottery business that offers Tirtha Pendants that convey love, hope, and abundance. The water used in their special crystalline glazes is 'charged' for at least 24 hours in a special egg-shaped vessel which has the word 'love' written over its surface. It is at this time that a bit of water blessed by the living saint, Mata Amritananda Mayi (Amma), is added as well. While mixing the glaze into the water, traditional Vedic chants are sung. All of their pendants are hand-crafted and fired in a small kiln. Born in Love cares deeply about conveying love through their pendants. Their hope is to also live sustainably and promote this lifestyle to others through the business and their Tirtha Pendants. To learn more about their incredible lifestyle, outstanding business and Tirtha Pendants, please visit www.borninlove.net.