Tuesday, February 4, 2014

UPS Carbon Neutral Shipments

For a couple years now, all Nettleton Hollow shipments of decorative tree branches, dried flowers, dried grasses, and other lasting botanicals sent from Brooklyn have been going via UPS Carbon Neutral. This service adds just a nickel to the cost of shipping. So what exactly does this nickel go towards, and how is it accounted for?
UPS's carbon neutral option supports projects that offset the emissions of the shipment's transport. UPS has supported projects that include reforestation, landfill gas destruction, wastewater treatment, and methane destruction. 
Our carbon neutral option is verified by Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), an inspection, testing, and verification company. This means that you can have confidence in the UPS carbon neutral method. Additionally, our carbon offset process is certified by The CarbonNeutral Company.
You can read more about the program here. As for specific projects the Carbon Neutral Shipment helps fund, the UPS site states:
Customers can contribute to projects like Garcia River Forest in the United States, Fujian Landfill Gas in China, La Pradera Landfill Gas in Colombia, and Cholburi Wastewater Biogas-to-Energy in Thailand. We take care of everything, from calculating the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to purchasing and retiring the carbon offsets. 
The extra nickel seems to be money well spent.

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