I was thinking on how to reduce my footprint. This year I’m trying to bring out positive actions, following the good examples of Elon Musk and Lauren Singer, trying to reduce the amount of CO2 produced for me. And with my amber jewelry I can do a lot in natural ways, but there are some things unavoidable, like shipping around the world, so to balance the few things I cannot avoid I am going to be planting trees, bushes & flowers to make up for it.
To keep global warming down the figure of 2 tons of CO2 per person/year is mentioned. The people keeping up the website for CO2 emissions have a comprehensive list on their website, showing how much CO2 is produced for producing items, or transporting these, among many other things. They have links to different calculators so you can check out your carbon footprint, how cool is that?
Generally in the US, Europe & China we produce too much CO2. In excess of 400% too much in too many cases. Not good.
Since these things worry me quite a bit I’m doing my best to keep my business as clean as possible. I work with natural products (amber and semi-precious stones), of which the amber nowadays comes from the same country I live in. I hardly use power tools in creating my jewelry, I sand and polish by hand. For packing I try to use paper of hemp products, but I still like to use padded envelopes for safe shipping. And of course shipping itself is adding to the CO2, fuel is burned in transporting the packages to their destination points. Not to mention the use of my PC to put the jewelry online, and promote.
Planting trees to balance
So, to balance the things that I cannot avoid I decided that for every piece I sell in my online shop here I will be planting trees, bushes or flowers, and will name them after my customer. And will photograph all, to publish by the end of the year. How cool is that?
You’ll have a bit of living, climate-saving green named after you planted in the beautiful mountains of the South of Poland. And the effects will be lasting, as I plan to have them all still there in 20 years.
To be completely honest, most will be planted by my son on the photo here to save my back, he is most happy to help out 🙂