For every order we ship, Joanne Hudson Basics purchases carbon offsets for domestic UPS, FedEx, and USPS shipments to provide carbon-neutral shipping for our customers. What does this all mean? These carbon offsets help cover at least some of the environmental affects of shipping your order.
Many of our daily activities (driving, flying, cooking, shipping) produce greenhouse gases. Carbon offsets are an easy, affordable, and convenient way for us to balance out our carbon footprint by supporting projects which reduce and remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. While a number of greenhouse gases cause global warming, carbon offsets are measured in metric tons of the carbon dioxide equivalent. One carbon offset represents the reduction of one metric ton of carbon dioxide or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases.
We use GreenShipping.com to help calculate the CO2 emissions from our shipments. Green Shipping purchases carbon offsets from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) on our behalf. Here’s why we like BEF:
BEF is a non-profit organization and uses proceeds from the offset sales to fund environmental education, to expand the use of renewable energy, and for projects like restoration of watersheds.
Only 2% of US electricity is generated from renewable resources. While reduction of global carbon emissions is the goal, BEF Carbon Offsets fund the construction of NEW renewable energy projects in North America which are displacing polluting fossil-fuel generation.
All of the renewable sources of BEF’s Carbon Offsets meet rigorous environmental criteria endorsed by leading regional and national environmental organizations including The Natural Resources Defense Council.
BEF renewable sources are certified by Green-e (www.green-e.org), the nation’s leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction.
For more information about BEF's Carbon Offsets, please visit www.b-e-f.org