❤ Carbon Neutral Shipping
What is carbon neutral?
Increased carbon dioxide (and equivalent)—CO2e—levels are a significant and harmful contributor to climate change.
Most people don't consider the environmental impact of their online shopping deliveries—just clickety-click and, like magic, it's on your doorstep. But the logistics involved generate a huge amount of CO2—over 10% of global CO2e emissions are from transport and logistics.
Being carbon neutral means that your net release of CO2e into the atmosphere is zero.
How do we offset?
Shipping can take a toll on the environment. That’s why Folkreligion and Sendle delivery has been 100% carbon neutral from day one. We calculate the carbon footprint of each and every shipment and purchase offsets from invaluable environmental projects around the world.
Zero. That’s precisely the carbon footprint of every shipment you get from us. So, that must feel good.
Carbon Neutral Projects
The Amazon rainforest is in danger of dying out. That’s the dire prediction from the World Wide Fund for Nature. In fact, one researcher, a quantitative geographer from the University of Florida, has even put a date on the Amazon’s impending death: 2064.
As a company that cares deeply about the environment, we can’t afford to sit back and let this happen.
So, we’ve thrown our support behind the Madre de Dios Rainforest Protection project in the Amazonas region, on the Eastern slope of the Andes in Peru.
It’s a true biodiversity hotspot and the habitat for numerous endangered wildlife and plant species. Further, several indigenous tribes call the forests their home.
However, this significant area is at risk of losing its wealth of natural resources due to deforestation caused by ranchers and farmers, not to mention climate change!
It’s a common story across the largest jungle here on planet Earth.
Carbon offsetting and how it works
Carbon offsetting is about taking responsibility for your carbon emissions by reducing them elsewhere.
We purchase carbon credits from our partner South Pole to offset the emissions of every single package sent via our shipping service.
Carbon offsets essentially protect and restore ecosystems, known as nature-based solutions.
These commonly include forest protection and reforestation activities, as well as removing carbon from the atmosphere and locking it in water ecosystems (known as blue carbon) and in soil through regenerative agriculture.
According to South Pole, there has been a surge in voluntary carbon offsetting by companies of all shapes and sizes this year.
Close to 40 million tons of CO2 emissions were offset globally via South Pole in the first quarter of 2021—a whopping 80% increase from 2020.
Carbon credits are helping fund and support reforestation and biodiversity projects all over the world including the Madre de Dios rainforest.
Helping Peruvian farmers prosper from an environmental mindset
Our partner South Pole has set ambitious sustainable development goals for the Madre de Dios rainforest project, including turning local farmers into environmental warriors.
And the results are outstanding! To date:
- 460 people have been trained in forest protection
- 300,000 hectares of significant rainforest has been protected
- 2,000,000 tons of CO2 is being removed each year
- 400 local families are benefiting from sustainable nut production
Rehabilitating the forest has led to the creation of a sustainable and valuable local Brazil nut industry. Over 400 families of smallholder Brazil nut concessionaires manage 300,000 hectares of forest.
The project manager on the ground has introduced the local farmers to modern processing equipment and sustainable harvesting practices so they can produce high-quality Brazil nuts without impacting the native forests.
They’re even selling their nuts internationally!
They also have access to microcredit financing for each harvesting season as well as training so that sustainable practices are carried on by future generations.
This local Brazil nut industry has created jobs and raised incomes for all the families involved.
On the environmental side, a carbon revenue share is generated for every hectare of forest protected, which is distributed amongst the smallholders.
We’re thrilled to be supporting a rainforest protection project like Madre de Dios that's having a positive and profound impact on people and the planet.
Happy World Environment Day!
Lower Mississippi Valley Reforestation
Regenerating bottomland forests to enhance biodiversity.
The project is part of the grouped Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Initiative, which aims to reforest one million acres throughout the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois. Considered North America’s rainforest, this region is a vital habitat for migratory birds as well as numerous plant and animal species.
- 1,619,592 tCO2e reduced annually through forest carbon sequestration
- 89.4 hectares reforested so far, with a mixture of native bottomland hardwood trees
- 96,015 trees planted in this initial project area
Boobera Native Forest Regeneration
Project Year: 2020
By excluding livestock and managing invasive pests, native forests and the local flora and fauna will be restored. Further, future forest growth will sequester carbon and create a passive revenue stream for rural landholders.
Madre de Dios Amazon Conservation
Project Year: 2019
The Amazon is celebrated as a hub of biodiversity. Yet it remains under constant threat from human interference – most recently as a result of the new Inter Ocean Highway. The Peruvian Madre de Dios rainforest is home to eleven endangered wildlife species (including the jaguar and giant armadillo) and four endangered plant species. This project limits the impact of human immigration and development through sustainable timber concessions, as well as community education and support.
Myamyn Conservation Project
Project Year: 2019
A true blue Aussie legend, the Long-nosed Potoroo, is still under threat. The Potoroo community in the Annya State forest was logged in the 1980’s and visits by feral cats, invasive plants and illegal poaching mean the little guy is still on the endangered list. By protecting against further tree clearing, and replanting with natural vegetation, this project ensures these amazing animals don’t become another extinction statistic.
Afognak Forest Carbon
Project Year: 2019
Logging has long threatened the diverse wildlife of Afognak’s coastal temperate rainforests. The Afognak Forest Carbon project encompasses 8,219 acres of protected old-growth Sitka Spruce forests, lakes, wetlands, and streams, which are home to a diverse set of wildlife such as the Kodiak brown bear, rainbow trout, Arctic char, and several species of Pacific salmon. This project maintains, restores, and protects this pristine wilderness and its wildlife in perpetuity.
Project Year: 2018
Breathing Space involves the dissemination of 300,000 durable, affordable and clean energy cookstoves. The project helps families breathe healthier air and spend less time and money on cooking fuel. This places a smaller demand on forests, and emits fewer greenhouse gases, as well as creating a sustainable channel of market distribution.
Borneo Rainforest Rehabilitation Project
Project Year: 2017
Borneo (along with Sumatra) is the only place where tigers, rhinos, orangutans, and elephants live together. This project aims to restore one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, trapping carbon and providing habitat for this endangered, exotic wildlife.
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