As part of making climate conscious choices, Studio Bitte has included climate compensation on all shipping rates for orders outside Denmark. This way, CO2 emissions from shipping are being calculated and compensated via Climaider, making the shipments CO2 neutral. How it works? Every time I receive an order outside Denmark, it is registered with Climaider, and 4 times a year, I offset the CO2 emissions by buying carbon credits from Climaider’s current climate project. One carbon credit equals the removal of 1 ton of carbon. This means that if Studio Bitte buys one carbon credit, we remove or avoid one ton of carbon from entering the atmosphere. In addition to offsetting, Climaider also plants 15 trees for every ton of carbon Studio Bitte offsets. The trees are planted in a forest on Madagascar through Climaider’s partnership with Eden Reforestation Project.
Eden Reforestation Project
Eden Reforestation Projects is a non-profit that has planted more than 300 million trees since 2004. They have achieved Platinum status with GuideStar (an American organization that assesses and ranks non-profits), is an official UN partner project and operates according to their so-called ”employ to plant” methodology. “Employ to plant” works by having Eden enter into areas of extreme poverty and unemployment, offering fair paid work to replant trees. It provides a wealth of socio-economic benefits to the local population while restoring forests:
- The animals regain their natural habitat
- The earth is protected from being depleted and eroded
- Coastlines and marine environment are protected by the mangrove trees
- CO2 levels in the world are being lowered by establishing new forests.
- Combating extreme poverty by providing local people with money, food and education
- Demands equality by hiring many women in areas where gender inequality is high
Why trees and offsetting at the same time?Forests are hugely important to the world. It is literally a “machine” that sucks CO2 directly out of the air. Almost everyone agrees that forests play a key role if we are to cope with the climate crisis. But even though everyone agrees on the importance of forests, there is a problem: Trees are not very suitable for generating CO2 credits. This is because regular checks and many precautions ensure that the forests are left standing and that – in the event that something happens to a tree – a replant is guaranteed. All that control however means that a large portion of the money spent on planting trees ends up being spent on control and verification. That is why Climaider removes all offsetting through climate projects where there can be no doubt that carbon footprints will always be removed. But on top of that, Climaider also plants trees through Eden.
Climaider’s current climate project
In Sichuan, China, Climaider’s current project is helping farmers in extreme poverty to build private biogas plants. The plant is essentially a slurry tank underground, where farmers can flush their pigs’ faeces into. In the tank, the feaces emits methane gas, which via pipes is connected to a gas burner in the kitchen. Instead of emitting into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, the methane is now burned, replacing the use of coal and wood for cooking.
When the feaces is degassed and broken down, it can be used as fertilizer on the farmers’ fields. But it also has a wide range of social benefits and makes a huge difference in the lives of farmers. They don’t have to spend large sums of money buying coal, and don’t have to stand in the smoke of their fireplace all day.
Additional to this, they get organic fertilizer that can replace their chemical fertilizer they depend on and which they can sometimes also sell, which benefits both their economy and local biodiversity. The environment also benefits from the reduced tree felling as a result of a new clean energy source, and the fact that pig feaces are no longer dumped in nearby lakes and rivers (as was partly done before), resulting in infected water sources and disease.
The project is aimed exclusively at the poorest and thus combats inequality, both by giving families more money between their hands and by creating a lot of jobs in the local environment (around 7.500 new jobs have been created as a result of the project). As women in particular are responsible for collecting firewood and cooking, it is also women in particular who benefit from the time saved and the greatly improved indoor climate.
- 77,5% of the money spent on climate compensation through Climaider goes to their climate projects and 22,5% is spent on operation and marketing.
- Every time Climaider buys carbon credits from the projects, they publish the receipts on their
- Climaider only selects projects that are verified by the most strict industry standards (e.g. Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard), making sure that your money removes as much carbon as you pay for.
- Climaider is audited by KPMG. Find their reports here.