Did you know that in the United States, over half of the
carbon emissions associated with each individual comes from the goods they
purchase? Consider for a moment, all of the energy used in acquiring and
transporting raw materials, manufacturing, transporting to retailers, and
transporting to the end-user. These steps combined have a bigger impact to our
ecology than even all the cars and airplanes transporting people across the
nation each day.
As citizens of the Earth, we each have a responsibility to be conscious of our actions, and the potential impact to the planet we all share. We at 1-World Globes & Maps cherish the Earth as it is & understand that actions must be taken to slow down the degradation of our global climate.
As online/mail-order retailers, each and every product that we sell must be picked up and delivered by delivery truck. With each package that's picked up and delivered, a certain amount of carbon emissions is created, adding to the degradation of our Earth's protective ozone layer and contributing to diminishing our air quality. Truck freight alone accounts for an estimated 320 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year, contributing to global warming. Until alternate fuels and energies are being used in a major way, we feel a responsibility to our planet to reduce our 'ecological footprint', and hopefully help to reduce the effects of global warming.
1-World Globes & Maps is happy to announce a partnership with UPS who now offers 'Carbon Neutral' shipping as an option.
Each shipment that leaves our Seattle warehouse has its carbon emissions offset by the efforts in place by UPS' Carbon Neutral option, thus minimizing our ecological footprint. Additionally, we strive to run our business in an eco-friendly and socially responsible way by re-using all packaging materials that we receive, as well as post-consumer recycled boxes whenever possible.
Any efforts towards the preservation of our ecology is a step in the right direction. It is not usually possible to do one big thing to make a big impact, but it is more realistic to do many little things, that will hopefully add up to a bigger impact towards the effort of preservation.
Learn more about the concept of carbon offset at Wikipedia by clicking here