What are Carbon Offsets?

Sometimes, in the grand scheme of things, an idea comes along, that makes so much sense..you say to yourself “I should have thought of that myself”. If you have paid any attention to experts in ecology, science or general preservationist, you have probably heard the term “carbon offsets”, if you have not, it my be time you asked yourself “What are carbon offset?”. More importantly, why should I care?

What are Carbon Offsets?

By definition a carbon offset is a way of reducing your total emissions of carbon dioxide (your carbon footprint) by reducing that footprint elsewhere. So, to break it down to its simplest form. You plant a tree, every time you buy paper products of a certain amount. Now, like we said, that is most likely the most organic way we can describe the process. There are two basic markets in carbon offsets, the much larger corporate compliant market and of course the world most of us live in, which is the voluntary, individual, smaller company or civic carbon offsets.

Civic carbon offsets, offered by companies such as Terrapass. Companies like this , offer individuals and companies like ours (Prococo) the ability to offset our carbon transgressions on a non tonnage level, in other words, you can balance that flight to Paris, buy purchasing offsets in areas of renewable energy such as solar, wind or battery packs for automobiles.

The average American produces around 36,000 lbs of CO2 a year, the good news is, that is only about 3,000 lbs a month…which..coincidentally is how individuals generally purchase their offsets, by the month.

We at Prococo, in an everlasting goal to increase overall knowledge of how everyone can help the environment,  and in an effort to help reduce our carbon footprint, now regularly purchase carbon offsets from Terrapass – Another great reason to choose Prococo.