How many truly unique holiday gifts are on the market? We’ve found an idea that really is unique and helps the planet: carbon offsets. Carbon offsets are a great way to help reduce carbon emissions during holidays travel, like driving and flying.
In the past, our readers have had many questions about carbon offsets and what exactly they are. BeGreenNow.com describes their purpose well: "While it's nearly impossible to reduce your carbon footprint to zero, carbon offsets can make up the difference ... by purchasing carbon offsets and renewable energy credits, you're investing in cleaner technologies that help neutralize your contribution to global warming."
Currently Wikipedia defines a carbon offset as "a financial instrument representing a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions ... one carbon offset represents the reduction of one metric ton of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases."
I’m sure everyone has an Auntie Clair or an Uncle Jeffrey who have come across the country to bring you stale fruitcake. Instead of getting them another George Foreman grill and bagged popcorn, you can buy carbon offsets in their name, offsetting the carbon emissions from their trip.
Check this air travel calculator to quickly calculate their flight (short, medium, long) and how many flights you want to offset. You can also offset their vehicle emissions.
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