Single Use Plastics
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 people use 1.5 straws, 1 plastic cup, 0.4 plastic water bottles and 2 plastic wrappers everyday over 10 years.
|Straws||0.000779 MT CO2|
|Cups||0.00625 MT CO2|
|Plastic Water Bottles||0.0129 MT CO2|
|Plastic Wrapper||0.146 MT CO2|
|x 10 years|
|Total||1.66 MT CO2|
Canada uses 57 million straws per day and there are 37.6 million people in Canada, if we divide the number of straws by the number of people we get 1.5staraws per day per person
57 million straws / 37.6 million people = 1.515 straws per day per person
Each straw emits 1.46 grams of carbon, if each person uses 1.5 straws per day over one year they would emit 799.35 grams of CO2
1.46 grams per straw x 1.5 straw per day x 365 days = 799.35 grams CO2 per years
To get from grams to metric tons we use the conversion factor 0.000001and get 0.000779 MT CO2
799.35 kg CO2 x 0.000001 = 0.000779 MT CO2
Each cup emits 17.12 grams of CO2 , assuming people use 1 plastic cup per day equals 6.249 grams CO2
17.12 grams of carbon x 365 days = 6,249 grams CO2 per year
To get from grams to metric tons we use the conversion factor 0.000001and get 0.00625MT CO2
6,249 grams CO2 x 0.000001 = 0.00625 MT CO2
Plastic Water Bottles
Each water bottle emits 82.8 grams of CO2 and each individual uses 156 plastic bottles per year. If we multiply grams ofCO2 per bottle by the amount of bottles per year we get 12,916.8 grams of CO2 per year.
82.8 grams CO2 x 156 bottles = 12,916.8 grams CO2
To get from grams to metric tons we use the conversion factor 0.000001and get 0.0129 MT CO2
12,916.8 grams CO2 x 0.000001 = 0.0129 MT CO2
Assuming people use about 2 plastic wrappers per day, over a year , and each wrapper emits 200grams of CO2, in a year 146,000 grams CO2
2 bagsx 200grams CO2x 365 days = 146,000 grams CO2
To get from grams to metric tons we use the conversion factor 0.000001and get 0.146 MT CO2
146,000 grams CO2 x 0.0000001 = 0.146 MT CO2
0.146 MT + 0.0129 MT + 0.00625 MT + 0.000779 MT = 0.166 MT CO2
Over 10 years of single use plastic 1.66 MT of CO2 would be emitted.
0.166 MT CO2 x 10 years = 1.66 MT CO2
Link - Emissions of Water Bottles - https://plasticrecyclinglibrary.com/resource/what-is-the-carbon-footprint-of-a-plastic-bottle/
Link - Amount of Plastic Bottles per Year - https://www.jerseyislandholidays.com/plastic-bottle-pollution-statistics/
Link - Emissions from Plastic Cups - http://www.powerful-thinking.org.uk/site/wp-content/uploads/5ae32a2a8cb7533f8f110742_Reusable-Cups-Factsheet.pdf
Link - Straw Emissions - https://www.appropedia.org/HSU_straw_analysis
Link - Straws per Day - https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/the-everyday-objects-likely-to-be-hit-by-federal-ban-on-single-use-plastics
Link - Canadian Population - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada