Headwaters Bamboo has elected to pay carbon offsets for our shipping.
Transporting products from a company's warehouse to your doorsteps demands the burning of fossil fuels. Urgh.
These carbon emissions trap heat inside of the Earth's atmosphere, which, in turn, leads to climate change.
The bottom line: Every business transporting goods from A to B…requiring the burning of fossil fuels, adversely impacts the environment.
But, don't worry; it's not all doom and gloom.
Cue, carbon offsets. We are making an effort to protect the environment.
By neutralizing our shipping emissions.
How Do Carbon Offsets Work?
Our carbon offsets calculate the total amount of carbon emissions we generate when we transport your merchandise. We then spend our allocated ‘monthly offset cost' on initiatives that support sustainability and protect the environment – most notably, reforestation. We have partnered with Pachama for reforestation.
Pachama’s Role in Forest Protection
Anyone that owns forested land might be tempted to use the hectarage for other purposes. For instance, they might decide to harvest timber, fell the trees to make space for construction projects, use the land for farming, create a recreational ground, etc. These are just a few of the many reasons why we see a spike in deforestation.
But deforestation is a big issue all around the world – notably, the Amazon which has lost around 17% of its forest over the last 50 years.
This is where our offsets comes into play. They give landowners a financial incentive to keep their forests intact. How? By paying them to protect their trees as they are.
But although many companies are more than willing to pay extra to neutralize their carbon emissions, the challenge of estimating the carbon-storing value of a particular piece of forest still remains.
Verification companies do this by hiking into the woods and calculating the width and height of each tree. They also (manually) count the trees in each plot. This is a slow, pain-staking process that often holds back forest protection efforts.
The willingness is there. The tools are not.
This is where Pachama‘s partnership is worth its weight in gold. They've successfully harnessed the power of technology to overcome this issue. As we've already alluded to, Pachama has created a technology-verified marketplace for companies that offset carbon emissions using forest-based programs.
They utilize machine learning that analyzes info from satellites, drones, and lidar images. With this data at their disposal, they can calculate the size and volume of trees. That's as well as accurately estimating how much carbon is stored inside of each tree.
Pachama’s methodology acts on the belief that photosynthesis and reforestation can remove carbon from the atmosphere and counteract climate change. By offering offsets, we can support their efforts and protect forested areas.
Pachama allows anyone to purchase carbon credits and buy any amount of forest.