EcoCart Checkout Option

Carbon Offsets

You might be happy, surprised, or confused, pr maybe possibly slightly befuddled, to see the EcoCart option to add a little extra to your order to "Offset your carbon."  Well, read on and learn how a small charge can add up, over time, to big savings in carbon emissions into our atmosphere.  It sure needs all the help it can get, at this point.  🔥🌏🥵

The Defining Issue of our Time

Being human means releasing planet-warming carbon emissions into the atmosphere. It happens when we take a shower, charge our phones, or let out a yawn after a long day. Just like humans release carbon pollution, so do businesses - and CI Liftoff  is no exception...especially now that we are venturing into printing and shipping paper materials for the first time ever.

Everyday in the U.S. alone, packages travel about the same distance as going to the moon and back ...133,000 times. And it’s not just getting your order to your doorstep we have to worry about - the entire supply chain leaves a hefty carbon footprint. Making print materials for you to use with your students, buying the hardware to produce them, and traveling to train and meet with other teachers means tons (literally) of planet-warming carbon pollution.

We’re on a Mission

Our team believes deeply in making the world a better place, and doing all we can to help mitigate the climate crisis that is picking up speed every year, and will be the defining issue of our lives, and most certainly of our children’s and grandchildren’s.  As CI Liftoff continues to grow, we have an increasing responsibility to commit additional resources toward our values in order to maximize the positive impact of our products. We KNOW that we can be both a great business and a great global citizen. In fact, we believe we cannot be one without the other!!

What We Are Doing

The climate crisis is massive, complicated, and overwhelming, and the U.S. is a driving force in the emissions that impact communities around the world who consume resources and emit carbon, on a per-capita average basis - on much less than the average U.S. resident.  So, it’s often hard to know what we can do about our carbon footprint, and how we can begin to level the scale in favor of the entire planet, instead of just mindlessly consuming and emitting carbon that impacts people worldwide.

We’re taking a stand and doing something about. We’re auditing our carbon footprint (you can too - learn more right here) and we have just set up EcoCart to empower YOU to make your orders for our print materials  100% carbon neutral. 

For every one of our amazing items that ships, you can now offset the specific carbon footprint with a positive environmental impact! This means the full carbon emissions from producing, manufacturing, and shipping your order to your door would be completely neutralized.

Now you can rest easy knowing that learning with us means reducing your impact on the planet.

So now you’ll know when a CI Liftoff package arrives at your door, you’ll get something you love and you’ll be proud of the fact that you’re taking a small step towards making a big change in the world.

👉🏽     ✅Here are some FAQs about Carbon Offsets!

What does it mean to offset emissions?

It means that for any carbon emissions released into our atmosphere as a result of manufacturing and shipping items at CI Liftoff, we invest in projects that reduce carbon emissions by the same amount. It’s almost like we’re giving the planet an IOU, then immediately paying it back.

How does it work?

Now, each time someone checks the carbon neutral box, we will automatically purchase verified emissions reductions, more commonly known as “offsets” through a company called EcoCart. These purchases support environmental projects, like wind and solar farms that create clean energy, or protecting trees that would otherwise be cut down so that they can continue to absorb carbon from the air. On top of it,  EcoCart is known for making sure that these projects are doing some extra good like protecting animals or supporting communities of color.

Why is this important?

CI Liftoff has always been conscious of our impact and actively worked to lighten our carbon footprint. We believe that if we all work together towards positive change, we can make the world a cleaner, healthier place.

What do you mean carbon neutral?

When we say your orders will be “carbon neutral” (“net zero” is another term you’ll hear), that means that we will eliminate, capture, or otherwise mitigate all of the carbon emissions created from making CI Liftoff print materials and shipping them to your door. 

We’ll even give you information about the project your specific donation is supporting, so you know your money is going to the right place. 

Just the Beginning

Carbon offsets are a starting point—an immediate way to reduce our impact. We are happy to offer this option at checkout, and we can't wait to see how much carbon we offset together, but we also think that it’d be even better if we didn’t emit any carbon in the first place

To achieve this, we’re working to develop projects in our business operations that will reduce our emissions directly. We are excited about balancing our carbon ledger, while we make a difference in the lives of teachers and students!

Our work isn’t done for another important reason. No matter how much progress we continue to make on our own footprint, CI Liftoff’s footprint is actually quite small. The effects of climate change are magnified far beyond CI Liftoff itself. 

The only way we can truly begin to reverse the effects of climate change are if everyone - especially U.S. businesses and individuals, who - by and large - consume resources and emit carbon at way-above-average rates globally - does their part. 

What can you do?

  1. First, focus on the energy efficiency of your home. Efficiency is also the easiest way to save money. Program your thermostat. Check in with your own utility and see if they offer rebates on LED light bulbs, efficient appliances, upgraded insulation or other cost-effective upgrades like efficient water fixtures. Ask your utility if they offer a home energy audit.
  1. If you own a house, installing solar might make financial sense for you. In some cases, you can install solar with no upfront cost while lowering your energy bill each month. In a few areas, you can buy into a community solar array that isn’t even on your property. If solar doesn’t work for your house or you live in an apartment or condo, ask your utility company if they offer a residential green power program. Many do with simple, reasonable terms.
  1. Find brands with legitimate sustainability initiatives. Whether it’s with carbon neutral products, a sustainable supply chain, recycled materials, or eco-friendly packaging, we should all do our best to limit the carbon footprint of the products we buy. 
  1. Challenge yourself to drive less and bike more. Riding your bike forces you to utilize your own muscle power. You’ll get a workout all while helping the environment. Plus, it requires much less energy to produce a bike than it does to manufacture a car. If you can’t bike to work for whatever reason, take public transportation. It puts less cars on the road, which reduces the amount of exhaust filling the air at once.  Cutting out animal products, or even cutting back on them, can also have a big impact.  
  1. Opt for reusable bottles, bags, and anything else that you usually use once then throw away. If that’s not an option, make sure to properly recycle any plastic, paper, glass or metal that comes into your life. 

If we all do our part by changing our daily habits and making sustainable swaps, supporting companies that care about their impact on the Earth, and advocate for the future we deserve, we can effect real change in the world...not just in our classrooms, but in the 🌏Big Classroom 🌎, our beautiful planet that we share with…..everything we know and hold dear on the physical plane.



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