Sustainability| 3 min read

Carbon Offsetting — The Easiest Way to Live a Little Greener

We explore what it means and how tentree can help you take responsibility and offset your carbon footprint today.
WRITTEN BY Hannah Prince

With the most recent IPCC report forecasting a challenging road ahead for our planet and the realities of climate change becoming harder to ignore, we know it’s time to change our ways. Every small step counts, but it can definitely feel hard at times to get greener when we live in a society where sustainability isn’t always the first priority. While a fundamental change is needed in the way we live and consume as a society, what if you could start making a difference in the next three minutes?

With tentree’s carbon offsetting Climate+ packages, you can instantly make the way you live a little more eco-friendly and get the ball rolling when it comes to making a sustainable impact for our planet.

 

What is carbon offsetting?

To start, let’s look at what carbon offsetting means. This is a process that involves a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide in order to compensate, or offset, an emission already made elsewhere. For example, there’s no way we can avoid releasing some amount of carbon dioxide in our production process (although we work super hard to make sure it’s as small as possible) but we can offset the carbon dioxide we’re releasing by planting trees that absorb carbon.

 

What does the term ‘Climate+’ mean?

Building on carbon offsetting, the term net zero (or carbon neutral) means there is a balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount that’s removed from the atmosphere. For example, as a company, we achieve net-zero by calculating our carbon footprint for a year and then offset that amount by planting trees.

Climate+ means going above and beyond net-zero by doing more than just offsetting carbon emissions. Climate+ actions create an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and doing something positive for the planet.

 

What are tentree’s Climate+ Packages?

tentree Climate+ Packages allow you to offset your everyday lifestyle choices — like taking a flight or driving to work. When you buy a package, we plant trees that will eventually offset your carbon footprint while also providing jobs and rehabilitating ecosystems around the world.

What different things in my life can I offset?

We’re so glad you asked. You can check out the full list, but here are just a few of the things we can help you go Climate+ on.

  • Taking a long shower
  • Flying internationally
  • Using single-use plastics
  • Going on a road trip
  • Being a pet owner

The list goes on, but hopefully, you’re starting to get the idea. We even have a subscription that plants 17 trees on your behalf each month, resulting in 2.6 tons of CO2 being removed monthly. For perspective, this is equivalent to eight months of daily driving and it costs you under $6 (CAD) a month.

We want to make offsetting easy, understandable, accessible, fun, and impactful. We do all the math for you, and you can find our calculations at the bottom of each package page.

 

Once I buy a Climate+ Package, how are my emissions offset?

After you’ve checked out with one of our Climate+ Packages, we get to planting. Trees do something called ‘sequestering carbon’; it’s their way of cleaning our air, and eliminating harmful elements from the earth. They do this by absorbing the CO2 and storing the carbon.

We recognize that there are many ways to offset carbon, but we are confident that our tree planting initiatives provide the most meaningful, holistic, and verified impact on our Earth. Tree planting has an impact that reaches far beyond carbon sequestration. They provide homes for wildlife, which in turn can provide an additional food source and income for locals in certain areas. In addition to the environmental benefits, our tree planting initiatives employ people from local communities.

 

mangrove tree

 

What type of trees are being planted and where?

Through our Climate+ Packages, we primarily plant mangrove trees in Madagascar and Indonesia and Acacia trees in Senegal, and Avocado trees in Haiti. Mangrove trees, in particular, are one of the most efficient carbon sequestering trees in the world, and planting them provides much more than a carbon impact for our planet. We are incredibly grateful for our planting partners — Eden Reforestation Projects, Trees for the Future, and Plant with Purpose, who are on the ground with local communities ensuring these incredible impacts happen.

 

Science says that we have nine years to make the changes needed to tackle climate change. While this can feel overwhelming, it also presents us with an opportunity to change for the better. We have no time to waste decarbonizing our planet and you can take responsibility for your emissions today by going Climate+.

Check out all our Climate+ Packages and get planting today.

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