Since day one, we've embedded a carbon offset program into our company. By putting Mother Earth first, we knew we had to go beyond reducing plastic.
Carbon emissions have grown at high rates around the world. But we didn't want to stop at carbon offsetting. We wanted our donations to stretch even further.
That's why we selected SeaGrass Grow (The Ocean Foundation) to help us reach our goals.
In 2020, we offset 44 tonnes of carbon. That's a lot! It's the equivalent of:
- Growing close to 2,000 mature trees.
- Over 100 average homes’ monthly electricity
- Over 48 acres of US forests in 1 year
- 4.6 million smartphones charged
You're probably wondering, what Seagrass is and how it's related to carbon emissions.
Seagrasses are plants that grow in shallow waters and are found along the coasts. Seagrasses help ecosystems, like sea nurseries. They are a reliable source for carbon sequestration. Seagrasses occupy 0.1% of the seafloor, yet are responsible for 11% of the organic carbon buried in the ocean.
Here is the other benefits of seagrass:
- Seagrass habitats are up to 35x more effective than Amazonian rainforests in their carbon uptake.
- A single acre of seagrass may support as many as 40,000 fish, and 50 million small invertebrates like crabs, oysters and mussels.
- Seagrass meadows reduce flooding from storm surges and hurricanes by soaking up seawater and dissipating wave energy.
- Between 2–7% of the earth’s seagrass meadows, mangroves and other coastal wetlands are lost annually, a 7x increase compared to only 50 years ago.
- For every $1 invested in coastal restoration projects and jobs, $15 in net economic benefit is created from reviving, expanding or increasing the health of seagrass meadows, mangrove forests, and salt marshes.