Family TreeSKU: TDP1001-TREE-003
An average family of 3-5 earth protectors. This climate+ package assumes a family of 3: 2 parents and a baby, living in an average sized home, with 2 cars and a well-rounded diet. It assumes a baby’s diapers, books, toys, and food.
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 a family of three, two parents and a baby, living in an average sized home, with 2 cars and an average diet. It assumes a baby’s diapers, books, toys, and food.
|Cars||19.76 MT CO2|
|Phones||11.2 MT CO2|
|Food||5 MT CO2|
|Baby Food||3.285 MT CO2|
|Energy for housing||7.5 MT CO2|
|Diapers||0.22 MT CO2|
|Clothes||7.2 MT CO2|
|Stroller||0.321 MT CO2|
|Toys||0.0108 MT CO2|
|Total||54.55 MT CO2|
The average car emits 404 grams of CO2 per mile. To translate from miles to kilometres, we multiply miles by 1.609, and simultaneously multiply grams by 1.609. This means the average car uses about 650 grams of CO2 per kilometer. (multiply by 1.609) 1: 404grams (multiply by 1.609) 1.609: 650grams The average Canadian drives 15,200km per year, so we can multiply the amount of kilometres by the emission factor 650grams CO2 per kilometer. This gives us a total of 3,815,200 grams of CO2 per year. 650 grams of CO2 / kilometer x 15,200 km = 9,880,000 grams of CO2 per year In order to change grams to metric tons, we multiply grams by 0.0000001 which gives us 9.88 metric tons of CO2 per year. 9,880,000 grams CO2 per year x 0.000001 = 9.88 metric tons of CO2 per year If this couple has two cars this would be a total of 19.76 MT CO2 per year 9.88 MT x 2 people = 19.76 MT CO2
If a person uses their phone for one hour per day over a year they would emit 1.4 tons of CO2. The average person spends 4 hours per day on their phone. Which means over a year a couple would emit 11.2 tons of CO2 for phone usage. 1.4 tons CO2 x 4 hours x 2 people= 11.2 MT CO2
The average person, with a diet including meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables and cereals emits 2.5 tons of CO2 per year. For a couple this would mean 5 tons of CO2 emissions over a year . 2.5 tons CO2 per year x 2 people = 5 MT CO2
The average baby drinks 750ml of milk per day, in order to convert this number into kilograms we use the conversion factor 0.001 and get 0.75kg 750ml of milk x 0.001 = 0.75 kg of milk In order to calculate the total amount of milk over one year we multiple 0.75kg per day by 365 days. 0.75kg x 365days = 273.75 kg of milk per year Each kg of milk generates 12 kilograms of CO2, so when we multiply 273.75 kilograms of milk by 12 kg we get the total CO2 emissions from milk. 273.75 kg of milk x 12 kg CO2 =3,285 kg CO2 In order to convert kg CO2 into metric tons CO2 we will use the conversion factor 0.001 which gives us 3.285 MT CO2. 3,285 kg CO2 x 0.001 = 3.285 MT CO2
Energy for housing
The average household emits 7.5 MT of CO2 per year including laundry, showers, heating and cooling and appliances.
Over 2.5 years diapers emit 550kg of carbon emissions. This means over a year's time diapers would emit 220 kg CO2. 550 kg / 2.5 years =220 kg per year In order to convert kilograms of CO2 into metric tons CO2 we will use the conversion factor 0.001which gives us 0.22 MT CO2 over a year. 220kg CO2 x 0.001 = 0.22 MT CO2
Let’s assume all of your shopping for your children's clothing is done online and requires shipping. Let’s also assume your average shipment is coming from overseas 8000 kilometers. away We know planes emit 115g CO2 per kilometer. We use the conversion factor 0.000001 to get from grams to metric tons and we get 0.000115 MT of CO2 per kilometer of air travel. 115grams x 0.000001 = 0.000115 MT Carbon If your manufacturer is within 8000 kilometers and since your baby is growing a lot, you have new shipments of clothing every 2 months throughout the year. This means you get 6 shipments a year, from 8000 km away, and each kilometer of flight emmits 0.00015MT CO2. Clothing total emissions would equal 7.2 MT CO2 8000km x 0.000115grams x 6= 7.2 MT CO2
The carbon emissions of stroller is 321 kg , in order to convert kg CO2 into metric tons CO2 we will use the conversion factor 0.001which equals 0.321 MT CO2 321 kg CO2 x 0.001 = 0.321 MT CO2
The carbon footprint of an individual book is 2.7 kg CO2 per book. Let's assume the average baby has about 20 books at home. If we multiple 20 books by 2.7kg CO2 per book, we get 54kg CO2. 2.7kg x 20 books = 54 kg CO2 In order to convert kg CO2 into metric tons CO2 we will use the conversion factor 0.001which gives us 0.054 MT CO2 54kg CO2 x 0.001 = 0.054MT CO2
A stuffed animal would emit about 0.8kg CO2 and a stuffed dog animal with a battery would have a carbon footprint of about 1.4g kg CO2 Assuming a baby has 10 stuffed animals, and two stuffed animals with batteries, (0.8kg CO2 x 10) + (1.4kg CO2 x 2) = 10.8 kg of CO2 In order to convert kg CO2 into metric tons CO2 we will use the conversion factor 0.001which gives us 0.0108 MT CO2 10.8kg CO2 x 0.001 = 0.0108 MT CO2
In total a family of 3 would emit about 42.42 MT CO2 in one year. 19.76 MT + 11.2 MT + 5 MT + 3.285 MT + 7.5 MT + 0.22 MT + 7.2 MT + 0.321 MT + 0.054MT + 0.0108 MT = 54.55 MT CO2
Link - Phone Emissions - https://nypost.com/2019/05/01/a-year-of-cell-phone-use-emits-as-much-CO2-as-two-round-trip-flights/
Link - Average Phone Use - https://www.inc.com/melanie-curtin/are-you-on-your-phone-too-much-average-person-spends-this-many-hours-on-it-every-day.html
Link - Food Emissions - https://www.greeneatz.com/foods-carbon-footprint.html
Link - Household Emissions - https://www.ccfpd.org/Portals/0/Assets/PDF/Facts_Chart.pdf
Link - Formula Emissions - https://internationalbreastfeedingjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13006-019-0243-8
Link - Amount Formula Per Day - https://www.momjunction.com/breast-milk-calculator/#gref
Link - Household Emissions - https://www.ccfpd.org/Portals/0/Assets/PDF/Facts_Chart.pdf
Link - Diaper Emissions - https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-45732371
Link - Stroller Emissions - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10042857.2012.10685103
Link - Book Emissions - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/255699164_Carbon_Footprint_Assessment_of_a_Paperback_Book
Link - Amount of Books - https://curiosity.com/topics/having-books-in-the-home-is-as-important-to-your-child-as-your-own-education-curiosity/
Link - Stuffed Animal Emissions - https://via.library.depaul.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1141&context=depaul-disc
Link - Shipping Emissions - https://www.carbonindependent.org/22.html