Island Thyme Soap Company's Carbon Neutral Shipping

April 25, 2020

Island Thyme Soap Company's Carbon Neutral Shipping

To honor Earth Day's 50th anniversary we are proud to announce our Carbon Neutral Shipping initiative.

Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. The earth will adjust to the changing climate. Humanity will have a tougher time, as evidenced by the health crisis we're currently facing.  The frequency and increasing economic impact of emerging zoonotic diseases that originate in animals and jump to humans corresponds with the loss of natural wildlife habitat, driving that zoonotic virus-carrying wildlife into closer contact with humans.  One way to reverse that trend is to reverse the loss of natural habitat.

Saving Trees As Part of our Carbon Neutral Shipping Initiative

As part of our commitment to be a more responsble and environmentally-friendly small business, Island Thyme Soap Company has partnered with Offset to neutralize our shipping emissions that contribute to climate change.  Offset will calculate and collect the cost on a monthly basis to neutralize our shipping emissions by protecting forests through funding for certified projects and partners like Pachama’s Jarí Para REDD+ Avoided Unplanned Deforestation project. This is a Verified Carbon Standard certified project that will be verified by Pachama. 

What those technical terms mean: It's a way to apply robust carbon accounting methodologies to generate clear social and environmental benefits

REDD = Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.

Deforestation is an easy term to understand. It simply refers to the action of clearing a wide area of trees.

Forest Degradation is the persistent reduction of canopy cover and/or carbon stocks in a forest due to human activities such as animal grazing, fuelwood extraction, timber removal or other such activities, but which does not result in the conversion of forest to non‐forest land (which would be classified as deforestation).

How Carbon offsets Help 

Planting trees is always good. But saving trees is even more important right now. Carbon offsets give a financial incentive to owners of forested land not to cut down trees.

Offsets for planting trees are a significant way to fight climate change: When it's done at a massive scale, tree-planting could cancel out a decade of emissions. 

The challenge has always been how to track what’s happening in forests around the world. Right now, in order to estimate the carbon-storing value of a particular piece of forest, teams from a verification company had to manually count how many trees are in each plot. Pachama uses machine learning on a combination of satellite, drone, and lidar images to calculate the size and volume of trees, and then estimates how much carbon those trees store. 

With the right incentives for forested land owners to not cut down trees, and enough businesses participating in ways to fund those incentives, we can reverse the trends. In addition, there are 2 billion hectares of land on the planet where forests can be restored. And we all need to become more aware of how forest degradation and wildlife habitat loss creates the perfect environment for emerging zoonotic coronaviruses

With nature's photosynthesis, trees and awareness, working together we can make a significant impact on solving climate change and the emerging disease problems that result from the loss of forests and natural habitats.

You can read more about Island Thyme Soap Company shipping politicies here.

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