Offset your carbon emissions by shopping with Altveda
At Altveda, we give you one more reason to shop with us & be a part of reforestation project by offset. The Offset app lets us offset the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the shipments that we deliver. Offset uses industry models to determine the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere for each shipment, and then charges us an amount per shipment to offset those emissions. The average cost per shipment is variable.
The funds are used to purchase carbon credits, which offset your emissions through deforestation protection projects.
General calculation for your emissions
Offset combines data from our store with industry data and peer-reviewed models to determine how much CO2 our shipments release into the environment, and then works with Pachama to determine the cost of offsetting those emissions.
Because Offset’s goal is to make sure that your CO2 shipping emissions are offset entirely, all values that are used in the data models are rounded up.
For each shipment that is delivered, Offset uses the following data:
|Factor||Primary value||If the primary value isn’t available|
|Weight||Weight of the shipment||An average shipment weight|
|Distance||Distance traveled according to the tracking data||Straight-line distance between the origin and destination address, multiplied by an uncertainty factor|
|Type of transportation||Truck or plane carbon emissions, determined by speed and distance||Truck emissions|
When a tracking number from a supported carrier is supplied, Offset can accurately calculate the emissions used. However, when no tracking is available or the shipping carrier is not supported, Offset multiplies the estimated emissions by an uncertainty factor of about 1.5. This helps make sure that all your emissions are offset. If any data is inconsistent or missing, then Offset uses a reasonable maximum value instead.
- The models and estimates are not exact, but Offset overestimates our emissions to make sure that they are entirely offset.
- Only CO2 is offset. Other emissions, such as CH4, N2O, or GFG, are not offset. However, CO2 accounts for 95% of the climate impact from burning fossil fuels for transportation.
- Orders shipped by sea transportation don’t generate the data required to accurately calculate emissions. Instead, industry-accepted alternative methods are used.
What are carbon offsets?
A carbon offset reduces the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere so that increased greenhouse gases elsewhere have a net impact of 0. For example, suppose a truck releases 150 g of CO2 in one mile, and actions to preserve a forest remove 150 g of CO2 from the atmosphere. If you purchase one carbon offset that supports forest preservation for each mile that a truck travels, then the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere remain the same.
Am I eligible to use Offset to offset my shipments?
Yes. Offset is available to all Shopify merchants who ship products.
How much does it cost to offset my shipments?
Many factors go into an offset calculation, but the average cost per shipment is $0.005 USD, or half a cent. Based on that average, if you shipped 100 orders a month, then your cost to offset would be $0.50 USD, or fifty cents.
How much of my business’s impact am I actually offsetting?
Currently, Offset focuses on addressing only emissions from shipping-related transportation.
What project does Offset currently fund?
Offset is currently funding the Jarí Para REDD+ Avoided Unplanned Deforestation project with Pachama. This is a Verified Carbon Standard certified project that will be verified by Pachama using their monitoring technology. The charges from Offset go towards protecting the existing forest, improving the biomass through better forest management practices, and verifying the progress of the project.
So to conclude, by shopping with Altveda, you are not improving only your wellness but also the wellness & harmony on our mother Earth.
Let’s save our Planet for upcoming generations and gift them a better place to live!
With Love & Wisdom
Sangam from Altveda Team