Carbon offsetting is a way to cancel out carbon production created by manufacturing, flying, driving, or in our case, shipping packages. With the earth’s warming climate, investing in carbon offsets is just one way to make a positive difference.
At Fair Anita, we offset carbon in 2 different ways.
1) The first way here at Fair Anita we offset carbon, which we have been doing since July 2019, is partnering with artisan cooperatives worldwide to plant trees. Many of our partners live in areas of the world where planting trees can have the most significant impact on sequestering carbon. For each order we place, we contribute to our partners’ efforts of tree planting. Trees do a fantastic job capturing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it. When we have extensive forests, these trees will help us pull out carbon dioxide to reduce greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.
2) The second way we offset carbon is in partnership with you! In December of 2020, we started working with Cloverly, a service that calculates the carbon created by shipping packages. It does this by the weight and the distance each package travels. It then estimates how much money it would take to invest in a carbon offset program to cancel out the carbon produced by the shipment.
Cloverly works with a variety of projects to offset carbon. Here are a couple of examples:
Bethel Wind Farm in Texas
One project Colverly supports is a wind farm with 120 towers located in farm fields in Texas. These wind turbines have been active since 2017 and provide sustainable energy through renewable energy credits (RECs) that can be purchased from organizations to offset their carbon emissions. Google buys a lot of RECs from this location; Cloverly also uses energy from this Wind Farm.
Seneca Meadows Landfill Gas Capture
This project takes methane gas from decomposing organic waste at the Seneca Meadows Landfill and turns it into energy. Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas if it gets into the atmosphere before it is burned. While burning methane for power is regarded as one of the “cleanest” fossil fuels. Taking methane gas from composting organic waste at landfills is an effective way to sequester carbon.
Middleburg College Improved Forest Management Project
Cloverly partners with Middleburg College in Vermont to conserve 2,000 acres of Pristine Green Mountain Forest. This forest sequesters more than 19,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents above the regional baseline annually.
Why do we ask that you make this donation to Cloverly? We invite you to help us offset carbon because we just can’t do it all. With our existing support of tree planting efforts worldwide, we need your support to offset the carbon created by shipping packages from our U.S. office. We partner with Cloverly to support projects like these because they would not have the same impact without monetary contributions. You can be sure that your donation will do its part to offset the carbon created from delivering your ethically-made accessory.
For more information about Cloverly’s projects, visit their website here.