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How Much Carbon Is Produced Ordering Online?


It is hard be sustainable. Especially when the basic building blocks of society is economics. We need goods & services, they are essential to living. Almost everything we buy, whether it is online or in store is delivered through some sort of transportation service. Trucks, boats, planes, etc. Majority of this transportation is run on fossil fuels. 

According to the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board the average American generates roughly 60 tonnes every year.

The Environmental Defence Fund states the average freight truck in the U.S. emits 161.8 grams of CO2 per tonne-mile. That means every 1 mile the truck drives, 161.8 grams of CO2 is emitted into the atmosphere. The maximum weight a semi-truck is legally allowed to carry in the U.S. is 80 000 pounds (35 tonnes). If the truck is carrying 35 tonnes, it will emit 161.8 x 35 = 5663 grams of CO2 per mile. 

Transport companies are reliant on business. This means it is up to the businesses to make necessary changes to decrease all of this CO2 being emitting into our atmosphere. Transport is a mandatory step in business so what can they do to help? Well in an ideal world, all forms of transportation would move away from fossil fuels & toward sustainable energy.

Unfortunately this isn't an ideal world.

What companies can do to help is offset their carbon footprint by planting trees. According to onetreeplanted.org the average tree absorbs an average of 10 kilograms (10 000 grams), or 22 pounds, of carbon dioxide per year for the first 20 years. This number changes based on many variables such as tree species, location, growing conditions, water availability, sunlight, soil nutrients, etc.

100% Sustainability is dedicated to planting 3 trees for every order placed in order to offset all of the CO2 we produce. 

How we calculated this: Let's assume our products each shipment weighs 1/2 a tonne (1120 lbs), which considering majority of our products are much lighter, is being generous. As we know from the research above 1 tonne emits 161.8 grams of CO2. That means we are responsible for 80.9 grams of CO2 produced per mile. If one tree absorbs roughly 10 000 grams per year, each tree planted makes up for 123.61 miles (197km) traveled per year. Multiply that by 3 tress planted for every order = 370.83 miles (591km). 

To learn more about how much CO2 a tree absorbs, go to onetreeplanted.org 

To learn more about how these numbers were calculated, go to business.edf.org

 


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