TL;DR - We calculate the carbon footprint of shipments and then contribute to carbon prevention and reduction programs to even it all out. 1 carbon offset = preventing 1 metric ton of carbon dioxide from making its way into the atmosphere elsewhere around the world.
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Since 2019, we have worked with 3Degrees to offset the carbon footprint of shipping orders from the TeePublic marketplace. We quantify these annual shipping emissions and work with 3Degrees to neutralize the emitted carbon via offset programs at a cost per metric ton. There are many options of programs, but we’ve directed our focus toward two areas: forestry and landfill gas.
Forestry is one of the most valuable ways to preserve the environment. Afforestation and/or reforestation boosts air+water quality, biodiversity, flood control, and a whole lot else. And while we actively try to avoid much paper waste, we acknowledge we're still making progress. Plus, it could never hurt to give the trees some love!
The textile industry is one of the largest contributors to landfills - and textiles don't decompose quickly. The TeePublic marketplace avoids a lot of unnecessary waste by using a print-on-demand/no-inventory model and encouraging customers, third-party fulfillers, and employees to donate, recycle, or reuse unwanted goods. Although our intentions are pure, we know there's always room for improvement. That's why we're constantly on a mission to do better.