Why Carbon Offsets
Yes! Support the project that inspires you most. We’ve scoured the globe and selected 3 of the most impactful and diverse projects we could find for you to choose from. In your EcoCart browser extension, just click the leaf in the bottom right corner and select the account tab where you can select your project.
Here’s a little more about the 3 projects:
Forest Protection in Massachusetts: You can support the protection of a spruce forest spanning three cities and over 6,500 acres. In addition to sequestering a significant amount of carbon emissions each year, this forest is home to countless local species and also provides clean drinking water to the surrounding cities. Learn more
Water Purification in Cambodia: You can help provide clean water to over 1 million people living in Cambodia. By filtering water instead of boiling it over a wood burning fire, these purifiers prevent 90,000 tonnes of carbon emissions and protect 450 hectares of Cambodian forest every year. Learn more
Renewable Wind Energy in Turkey: You can support the construction of new wind turbines to generate clean energy in Kayseri, Turkey. Before the introduction of wind power, the primary contributors to this local grid were power plants that burned fossil fuels. Learn more
Online shopping is a significant contributor of carbon emissions in our personal lives, but there are additional steps you can take as an individual to reduce your carbon footprint. Reducing waste, composting, and buying less products overall all help mitigate your personal impact on the planet.
To get specific about your carbon footprint and what you can do to work towards carbon neutrality, check out EcoCart’s 5-minute carbon footprint calculator. Input a few details about your lifestyle and the calculator will estimate the size of your carbon footprint and offer a few actions you can take to reduce your impact.
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We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but the internet and all the digital products you love like Google, Netflix, and Instagram carry a carbon footprint. Computers, smartphones, and screens all run on electricity, which is generated from a variety of carbon-emitting methods including coal, natural gas, and petroleum. The servers and infrastructure that support everything we do on the internet emit greenhouses gases too. For instance, watching a video emits approximately 0.2 grams of CO2 every second and sending an email emits 4 grams of CO2 (54 grams if you add an attachment). A lot has to happen to get that video stream to you or to deliver that email to its final destination—that requires energy, and where there’s energy there’s usually greenhouse gases.
TL;DR it takes a whole lot of power to support all the servers, computers, and components that make up the world wide web we all rely on every day.
A number of purely digital products are offered to you at net zero carbon emissions through EcoCart. We evaluate each of these platforms individually to determine their unique carbon footprint to offset the emissions of you streaming a video, signing up for a credit card, and other digital activities.
Our algorithm uses the unique characteristics of each order, including product type, shipping distance, and item weight to estimate the shipping emissions created by that order. Since each store uses a different shipping method, we assume a standard mix of shipping transportation that includes sea, air, and truck.
When we say orders will be “carbon neutral,” that means that we will eliminate, capture, or otherwise mitigate all of the carbon emissions created from shipping your online orders. “Net zero” is another term you might hear and it’s simply another way of describing what happens with carbon offsetting.
The best way to slow climate change is to not release carbon emissions in the first place. There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint, but in today’s world, it’s impossible to eliminate your carbon footprint completely. For reducing unavoidable climate impact, high-quality carbon offsets are the most credible and impactful tool to reduce emissions and fight climate change.
P.S. Here’s 4 ways to reduce your everyday carbon footprint.
When you buy an offset, you fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions like protecting forests or building wind farms. Carbon offsets let you pay to reduce the global GHG total instead of making radical or impossible reductions of your own.
But not all carbon offset projects are created equal. EcoCart’s projects go through rigorous carbon offset laboratory and field testing. We only fund projects that are carefully vetted, ethically proven, and scientifically verified according to the world’s major carbon standards. Our projects are also third-party verified with site visits by our trusted partners to ensure successful calculation of greenhouse gas reductions and management of funds.
These projects issue credits, measured in metric tons (tonnes) of carbon dioxide equivalents (mtCO₂e). EcoCart evaluates the implementation of each project’s methodology and confirms that the project uses at least 90% of the proceeds from their offsets for growth and not profit.
Carbon offsets are a practical and effective way to reduce the effects of climate change by funding renewable energy, forestry, or clean water projects. These projects reduce emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere, like the emissions created from ordering something online. EcoCart calculates the emissions created from your online orders and donates the exact dollar amount required to reduce those emissions directly to these projects on your behalf.