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.

What Is Coconut Coir?

What Is Coconut Coir?

 

For any avid gardener, landscaper or pretty much anyone with a green thumb, it’s not that odd they might be using peat moss in either their gardens, flower pots or even their larger flower beds. What most people are finding, is that there is another product widely used, with further benefits, coconut coir. What is coconut coir? We thought you would never ask.

The 3 Components of Coconut Coir

The three components that make up coconut coir for potting and gardening use are as follows: Coconut Coir Fiber, Chips and Coco Peat. The combination of these three elements creates an excellent growing medium. It is important to have a proper balance of these three components for suitability to your purpose. Both the structure of the medium and the chemical makeup must be considered. Separately, these elements convey individual benefits.

Coconut Coir Fiber

Coconut coir fibers is the natural fiber extracted from the husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes and mattresses. Coir is the fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut. This coir is great for allowing air flow to your root system.

Coconut Chips

Coconut Chips add a natural value of water absorption as well as air pockets to your mixture. This mixture works well as a peat and a fiber, absorbing up to 10 % more than peat moss.

Coco Peat

Coco Peat is the spongy part of coir. Coconut peat absorbs large amounts of water and has limited air flow. The best reason to use coir over peat is it is a renewable resource. In the past, coconut coir was disposed of after coconuts had been harvested.

To learn more about coconut coir and our other products, visit us at www.prococo.com