A Lifetime of Smart Phones
Did you know that your iphones have a major impact to our Earth? This climate+ package assumes the average person has 14 phones over their lifetime, a fun mixture of iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s.
NEUTRAL IS NOT ENOUGH.
Climate+ is the action of going beyond net zero. It means doing more than just offsetting your carbon footprint - by creating an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
We know that one of the most sustainable and cost-effective ways to accomplish this is by planting trees. Climate+ is a community of tree planters, rehabilitating our Earth, and having fun while we’re at it.
How can we do better?
There’s no such thing as a perfect environmentalist, don’t be discouraged by your ability to make meaningful changes. Big change can start as as small as:
- Turning your thermostat down by 2 degrees.
- Wearing clothes more than once before washing them.
- Bike, walk or ride the bus to work!
- Switch over to LED bulbs and smart appliances.
- Try buying local, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
- Use waxed cloth instead of plastic wrap for food.
- Remember your reusable bags, mugs and cutlery for all outings.
The impact of trees
Did you know that trees combat climate change? We have tonnes (literally) of excess carbon dioxide in our air. Trees do something called ‘sequestering carbon’, it’s their way of cleaning our air, and eliminating harmful elements from the earth. They do that by absorbing the C02, and storing the carbon. Not only do trees sequester carbon, they also produce oxygen. Next time you’re outside, take a nice deep breath of fresh air, and thank the nearest tree.
As we work to fight global warming, we can also thank the trees for cooling our earth. They provide shade, and their leaves release water vapor, cooling the planet even more. Just ten trees can offset the impact of a weekend road trip, a lifetime of iphones or even your drunken 2am hamburger habit.
Tree planting has a meaningful impact that reaches far beyond carbon sequestration. They provide homes for wildlife, and in areas like Madagascar, the crab and fish populations provide additional food sources and income for the locals. In addition to the environmental benefits, we employ people from local communities. This extends our impact far beyond environmentalism. These are the building blocks of a long lasting and sustainable restoration project.
We recognize that there are lots of ways to offset carbon, but are confident that our tree planting initiatives provide the most meaningful, holistic and verified impact on our Earth.
What does offsetting mean to tentree?
To tentree, neutrality isn’t change, so ‘offsetting’ means going beyond neutral and doing something positive for our planet. We don’t agree with the idea that simply doing no harm will equate to change, we’re here on this beautiful earth, ready to do some good.
We want to make offsetting easy, understandable, accessible, fun, and impactful. Our climate+ packages aim to do just that.
Where do we plant your trees?
Our Earth Day Climate+ packages will allow us to work with our partners to plant many species of trees including mangroves in the coastal regions of Madagascar and Indonesia. Mangrove trees are one of the most efficient carbon sequestering trees in the world and planting them provides much more than a carbon impact for our planet. We are incredibly grateful for our planting partners, like Eden Reforestation Projects who are on the ground making things happen.
This climate+ package assumes the average person has 14 phones over their lifetime, a fun mixture of iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s.
Canadian’s live an average of 80 years but we can assume most people do not have a cellular device until the age of 10. So let’s say most people have a phone for 70 years of their life
If a cellphone on average lasts 4.25 years, and we divide this number by 70, the average person would have 16.5 phones.
70 years / 4.25 year = 16.47 phones = about let’s assume 17 phones just in case.
Let’s say someone has had one iPhone 5S, four iPhone 6’s, two iPhone 7’s, three iPhone 8’s and seven iPhone X’s over their life.
An iPhone X has lifetime emissions of 79kg of CO2, an iPhone 8 has emits 57kg of CO2, an iPhone 7 emits 56 kg of CO2, an iPhone 6 emits 95 kg of CO2 and an iPhone 5s emits 65 kg of CO2.
- iPhone X = 79 kg of CO2
- iPhone 8 = 57kg of CO2
- iPhone 7 = 56 kg of CO2
- iPhone 6 = 95 kg of CO2
- iPhone 5s = 65 kg of CO2
- 79kg CO2 x 7 = 553 kg CO2
- 57kg CO2 x 3 = 171 kg CO2
- 56kg CO2 x 2 = 112 kg CO2
- 95kg CO2 x 4 = 380 kg CO2
- 65kg CO2 x 1 = 65 kg CO2
553kg + 171 kg + 112kg + 380 kg + 65 kg = 1,281kg CO2
In order to change kilograms into metric tons, we use the conversion factor of 0.001 tons for every kilogram.
1,281 kg x 0.001 = 1.281 MT CO2
Link - Phone Life - https://www.techrepublic.com/article/heres-how-long-your-iphone-will-really-last/
Link - Canadian Life - https://globalnews.ca/news/5333946/life-expectancy-stall-opioid-crisis/
Link - Average Age to Have Phone - https://www.inc.com/melanie-curtin/bill-gates-says-this-is-the-safest-age-to-give-a-child-a-smartphone.html