Want to Reduce Your Travel Footprint? Try Carbon Offsets

Offset your carbon footprint by donating to projects that help the Earth. (©Maridav/Shutterstock)

By Jennifer McKee

With Earth Day on the horizon, now’s a great time to begin a healthy new travel habit: reducing your carbon travel footprint. The eco-conscious can find a number of great organizations to support, from those who’ll plant trees, clean plastic from our waterways and even curate sustainable travel experiences.

Every time you take a road trip, fly on a plane or create waste, carbon emissions are being generated. Sustainable Travel International estimates that a one-way flight from San Francisco to Paris produces more than 1.25 metric tons of carbon emissions per passenger, which is over a quarter of the amount of carbon an average person produces per year.

Commercial flights are a major contributor to harmful carbon emissions. (©Jag_cz/Shutterstock)

Renting electric vehicles, reusing water bottles and forgoing air conditioning are good ways to start cutting down your carbon footprint, but those who want to do more can contribute to reforestation, clean energy and community land rights projects through STI. Use its calculator to off-set a round trip flight and get tips for sustainable travel.

Another great resource is myclimate. The Swiss nonprofit works with industry partners and private individuals to offer more than 125 climate-protection projects in 37 countries. In addition, its educational programs have already reached more than 1,600 students and young professionals, with the aim of training future generations to be eco-conscious. Read more about its impressive list of projects here.

Enhancing the quality of the atmosphere is the mission of Tomorrow’s Air. After a life-changing visit to Antarctica and breathing in its crisp, pure air—and also seeing the decay due to global warming—founders Christina Beckman and Nim de Swardt were compelled to stop the destructive force of carbon dioxide. Tomorrow’s Air uses direct air-capture technology in its clean up, and permanently stores it underground. In addition to offering your financial support, you can also explore advocacy and education opportunities.

A trip to Antarctica inspired two travelers to found Tomorrow’s Air. (©KonstantinGrosch1986/Shutterstock)

How can you make sure your money is going to a reputable organization? Support a cause-focused, nonprofit organization that offers transparency in its numbers and mission. Another thing to look for is independent, third-party verification of its portfolio.

It’s not a nonprofit, but one gift company we love is Tinggly—its gift certificates give the gift of experience, then gives back to the Earth. Choose from hundreds of adventurous, culinary, romantic and bucket-list experiences, there’s literally something for everyone. For every gift given, Tinggly will clean 11 pounds of plastics (the equivalent of 220 plastic bottles) across the globe. It’s also installed trash traps in the rivers of Bali and is working to reduce its carbon footprint by 200 percent.

Tinggly is committed to helping keep our Earth clean. (©Tinggly)

RSS Augusta Magazine’s Front Porch

  • Episode 5: The Change Maker Deke Copenhaver
    Ashlee sits down with former Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver to talk about life after leaving office, becoming a best-selling author and his consulting company and opportunities on the horizon . Connect with us: www.augustamagazine.com www.instagram.com/augmagazine www.facebook.com/AugustaMagazine/ Connect with Deke: https://deke-copenhaver.com/ www.instagram.com/dekecopenhaver/ https://www.facebook.com/dekecopenhaver
  • Epsisode 4 Griffin Nelson
    In this episode we sit down with our food writer, Griffin Nelson. We discuss Griffin's dining experiences in Texas and abroad. We also talk about our local favorites.
  • Episode 3: Don 'Ramblin' Rhodes
    In this episode we sit down with the one and only Ramblin' Rhodes. We intended to talk about music history and the history of Augusta, but as many front porch conversations, it took a turn. It was a good turn.
  • Episode 2: A Talk with Brian Panowich
    In this episode we sit down with award winning author and columnist, Brian Panowich. As you know we are still figuring out this podcasting thing. We promise our will get better. Enjoy


Previous Issues

VOTE! Best of Augusta 2021 Ballot

Physicians’ Directory 2019

Check out our Physicians’ Directory App today!

Android Users Click Here

Related Articles

10 Great Cocktail Recipes for National Martini Day

10 Great Cocktail Recipes for National Martini Day

Get a kick from the Gunpowder Martini. (©Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin) By Jennifer McKee June 19 is National Martini Day! To celebrate, we've rounded up classic and creative martini recipes made with gin, vodka and even one with tequila. Enjoy! Gin Recipes Gunpowder...

Contest – Drift Raw Bar

Contest – Drift Raw Bar

 Photos by Kimberly Stewart Official RulesNo purchase necessary. One valid entry per contestant. You must be 21 years of age or older at time of entry to be eligible for this contest. This contest is void where prohibited by law. Participants will be entered into a...