One Product Shipped = One Tree Planted
Last year, 1776 Consulting produced over 8,500 tons of greenhouse gasses, enough to fill the Capitol Rotunda over 150 times or the Houston Astrodome 4 times. That is aproximately the same amount that a town of 300+ people produces in a year.
I am a proud outdoorsman and value our natural resources. I am a regular visitor of our National Parks, I spent 153 days in 2015 hiking the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, and I am an Eagle Scout. I will not allow my company to continue doing what we have done to the environment.
That is why, starting today, for every product shipped by 1776 Consulting, we will plant one tree. If we ship the volume as last year, that equates to around 3 square miles of trees. Once those trees are growing, my carbon footprint will be erased in 4 hours. The remainder of the tree's life will be spent cleaning up for other people.
1776 Consulting produces just 0.000090929% of the greenhouse gasses from worldwide logistics. I can't change the actions of the biggest players, Amazon, Maersk, etc..., but I can make a small change.
HOW ARE WE DOING IT
1776 Consulting solves tough problems. I personally love when my clients ask for us to make a "crazy idea" they have a reality or if something is possible. Paying to plant a tree for every product we ship took quite a bit of creativity. The profit margins in logistics are tight. We profit when moving thousands of orders. It will be a challenge, but we have finalized the numbers to effectively pay for this project, without increasing our client's fees.
Going forward, every client who uses 1776 Consulting to fulfill their orders will help increase our tree count. We are excited about our solution and look forward to fixing what we have messed up.
*Determining how much CO2 we produced was not easy. We took the origin/destination zip codes, package, weight, and transport method. We then plugged it into a nifty formula and made a pretty neat Google Sheet. This number does not take into account the production of our packaging, electricity, manufacturing of products, or the assembly of our machinery.