World Centric prides itself not only in its provision of certified compostable goods but also in it’s commitment to operating sustainably. A key part of being a leading supplier of compostables in the industry is recognizing that our every action has a consequence. Global climate change is one of the most serious issues facing humanity and we are doing our part to help contribute to lowering carbon emissions that come from our manufacturing. While our products require less energy in production rather traditional disposables, we are still committed to reducing the emission of carbon throughout the entire life cycle of our compostable goods.

Our Emissions

Our carbon footprint is the sum of all carbon emissions emitted into the atmosphere in the process of making our compostable goods and running our sustainable business. This includes emissions from the production of our raw materials and our manufacturing all the way to the transportation to your front door. It includes processing, inbound ocean freight transportation, outbound trucking, and warehouse operations.  Our office footprint even includes the commute and travel of our staff.

Our Efforts

It is our belief that both individuals and companies can and should reduce their carbon footprint. It starts with looking at ways to reduce your own emissions, usually directly related to reducing energy consumption. We also believe in investing in renewable energy like solar and wind energy production in addition to carbon offsetting programs such as planting trees.

We are conscious of our daily operations and simple ways that any individual can reduce energy use such as limiting centralized heating and using energy efficient space heaters, and spaces with natural light.

Our Partnerships

We believe that by partnering with other grassroots organizations we can be carbon neutral and at the same time help other organization and people that are directly faced with problems of income generation and sustainable development.  In our endeavors for going carbon neutral, we focused on two things: the sequestering of carbon through tree planting and supporting projects with direct benefits to communities and people. The projects we have chosen to support are not certified carbon credits. In our research into carbon offsetting programs, we found that verification for carbon credits is a significant cost that typically goes to third parties. Rather than support large corporations with large scale projects, we went small—working with grassroots organizations that directly work with people and communities that manage forests.

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2016 Partners

For 2016, we gave $87,922.00 to offset our carbon.  We partnered with the following organizations:


AsoFenix
Reforestation Project in Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, 80% of the population is living in dry regions.  This concentrated population puts significant pressure on the natural resources necessary for subsistence (e.g. livestock, terraced farming, and wood for fuel and building). Today, little old growth forest is left in these dry regions. AsoFenix works in Nicaragua to establish community-led reforestation.  
 
With funding from World Centric, Asofenix will establish greenhouses in 4 communities to produce 15,000 trees annually.  All of the trees are diverse species most appropriate for the local agroclimatic conditions. AsoFenix works with local adults and students from Global Student Embassy’s Eco-Accion program to teach greenhouse production, tree planting, and stewardship.  Asofenix will lead tree planting and maintenance days with a goal of planting 10,000 trees annually in and around family land. 

InStove
Women's Shea Stove Project in Northern Ghana  

In the town of Wa in Northern Ghana, women work in cooperatives where they boil large amounts of shea nut over open fires.  This practice exposes them to health risks and contributes to unsustainable local deforestation and climate changing emissions. 
 
InStove provides clean, efficient, and effective biomass stoves.  These stoves reduce demand for fuel by 75-90% and reduce harmful emissions by 75-98%. World Centric funds will provide 10 stoves, resulting in a reduction of 3,240 hours of work for women and reduce fuel use by 216 tons of firewood, which means $15,724 dollars in fuel costs saved and 324 tons of CO2 emissions averted.
 

LOCAL Haiti
Reforestation Project in NW Artibonite, Haiti

The Northwest Artibonite Department of Haiti is one of the most vulnerable areas in the country in terms of environmental degradation – the top soil and land cover has been critically decimated due to persistent practices of charcoaling and clear-cutting. With World Centric funding, LOCAL Haiti will grow and plant 180,000 tree seedlings (with a focus on Moringa and fruit tree species) through its 4 community-managed tree nurseries and distribute 1 million Moringa seeds.  The project will build the capacities of 400 farmers and women’s self-help group members through hands-on training seminars on sustainable soil and crop management and will accompany them in the creation of forested edges for their parcels which will reduce erosion and improve soil productivity.
 

Trees, Water, & People
Project to Expand Tree Nursery Capacity in El Porvenir, El Salvador

El Salvador has the second highest deforestation rate in Central America, where over 80% of the country’s forests have disappeared since the 1960s. Smallholder farmers are particularly at risk to the negative impacts of deforestation, which include catastrophic landslides, deteriorating watersheds, and declining ecological and economic quality of farms that no longer have overstory trees.
 
With World Centric funds, TWP is expanding the capacity of their nursery by 10,000 trees - focusing their tree production efforts to serve the needs of smallholder farmers in the communities of El Chingo and Cerro El Aguila, especially those that have been affected by the recent flood events. Once completed, the expanded tree nursery will be brimming with over 40,000 avocado, citrus, cacao, cashew, coffee, and mahogany seedlings, offsetting an average of 1 ton per tree over the course of each tree’s lifetime. 


Rainforest Action Network 
Protect-an-Acre Program & Climate Action Fund

Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action. Our funds go to their Protect-An-Acre program and the Climate Action Fund.
 
Protect-an-Acre program (PAA) has distributed more than one million dollars in grants to more than 150 frontline communities, Indigenous-led organizations, and allies, helping their efforts to secure protection for millions of acres of traditional territory in forests around the world.
 
The Climate Action Fund (CAF) supports frontline communities directly challenging the fossil fuel industry. CAF provides small grants (generally $2,500 or less) to local groups tackling the root causes of climate change – the extraction and combustion of dirty fossil fuels such as coal and oil.
 

2015 Partners

For 2015, we gave $48,000.00 to offset our carbon.  We partnered with the following organizations:


Rainforest Action Network 

Protect-an-Acre Program & Climate Action Fund
Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action. Our funds go to their Protect-An-Acre program and the Climate Action Fund.
 
Protect-an-Acre program (PAA) has distributed more than one million dollars in grants to more than 150 frontline communities, Indigenous-led organizations, and allies, helping their efforts to secure protection for millions of acres of traditional territory in forests around the world.
 
The Climate Action Fund (CAF) supports frontline communities directly challenging the fossil fuel industry. CAF provides small grants (generally $2,500 or less) to local groups tackling the root causes of climate change – the extraction and combustion of dirty fossil fuels such as coal and oil.

> RAN May 2016 Progress Report <
 


LOCAL Haiti

Environmental and Community Leadership Initiative, Northwest Haiti
The current carbon offset proposal is a continuation of the 2015 initiative and is a part of the ongoing multi-year watershed protection initiative for Communes Anse Rouge and Terre Neuve. LOCAL will focus its activities on both large scale soil conservation and smaller scale agroforestry and reforestation projects in 4 targeted communities. A centralized tree nursery and demonstration center will supply the watershed sites with seedlings, tools, and training. A team of environmental technicians will provide accompaniment and supervision in order to ensure the quality of implementation and the building of local capacities of farmers’ networks. The project will target the creation of model farming parcels which will highlight sustainable land management techniques. The central demonstration site will collect moringa leaves from the targeted communities and will transform these into moringa powder, to prepare for a bulk export product.

Objectives:
  • Reinforce the capacity of the 4 tree nurseries (maintaining a targeted production capacity of 60,000 tree seedlings per tree nursery) by the end of 2016
  • Grow and plant 120,000 tree seedlings until December 2016 - with a focus on Moringa trees
  • Establish a moringa transformation and demonstration site in Ti Plas, receiving moringa leaves from the targeted communities, transforming these into powder, and preparing a bulk product for export 
  • Conduct an on-going M+E and continue accompanying the nurseries/communities and verifying the success ratios, challenges, and successes over a period of at least 3 years
Our funding will enable a total of 120,000 tree seedlings to be planted, as well as to establish a basic moringa transformation and demonstration site in Ti Plas.

> LOCAL Haiti Proposal <


People for Progress in India

School Plantings & Tree Maintenance
PPI is a Seattle-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainable growth among underprivileged communities in India. PPI funds and engages with numerous grass-roots organizations to execute innovative projects in the areas of sustainable farming, vocational training, skill training, providing basic amenities like clean drinking water, mentoring high-risk children, and micro-finance loans.

PPI is helping us plant trees in the state of Karnataka in Southern India. This includes 3 sites connected to schools, growing over 2,800 fruit-bearing trees.

> March 2016 School Plantings Progress Report <

> March 2016 Tree Maintenance Progress Report <


Global Student Embassy

Tropical Dry Forest Reforestation in Manabi, Ecuador
The Global Student Embassy (GSE) reforestation project works with the communities of Bahia de Caraquez and San Clemente in the coastal province of Manabi to restore degraded sections of the ‘Cordillera del Balsamo’, one of the last semi-intact sections of Tropical Dry Forest (TDF) in Ecuador. By implementing a year-round Eco-Action Education program with more than 500 local students and 400 international students and contracting teams of local staff to plant and maintain reforestation sites, GSE’s program creates jobs for young adults, provides field experience for young scientists, and achieves increasingly large-scale high-quality environmental restoration. World Centric®'s investment 
will reforest 30 hectares of formerly highly-degraded pastureland with Algarrobo trees, as well as fund ‘enrichment planting’ of an additional 12.5 hectares of secondary regrowth habitat within the private preserve Peñon del Sol.

> GSE Reforestation in Ecuador Project Proposal <


 

2014 Partners

For 2014, we gave $48,000.00 to offset our carbon.  We partnered with the following organizations:

 


Rainforest Action Network 
Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action. Our funds go to their Protect-An-Acre program and the Climate Action Fund.
 
Protect-an-Acre program (PAA) has distributed more than one million dollars in grants to more than 150 frontline communities, Indigenous-led organizations, and allies, helping their efforts to secure protection for millions of acres of traditional territory in forests around the world.
 
The Climate Action Fund (CAF) supports frontline communities directly challenging the fossil fuel industry. CAF provides small grants (generally $2,500 or less) to local groups tackling the root causes of climate change – the extraction and combustion of dirty fossil fuels such as coal and oil.




LOCAL (Local Capacity Alliance) Haiti 
LOCAL Haiti builds capacities in the area of (1) teacher training and educational reform, (2) organization of grassroots leadership structures, and (3) environmental resilience. 

World Centric® funded a project to plant 80,000 tree seedlings over a period of 6 months. The tree seedlings will be grown in 4 tree nurseries, and will be planted in the indicated rain season period. The planting strategy focuses on a decentralized approach to nursery management and distribution/planting in selected mountainous communities and model plots, particularly in Commune Terre Neuve (north/west Haiti).

>December 2015 Progress Report<




Trees, Water & People 
TWP develops and manages continuing reforestation, clean cookstove, renewable energy, and green job training programs in Central America, Haiti, and on U.S. tribal lands. Since 1998, TWP has planted 5.7 million trees, built 64,000 clean cookstoves, distributed more than 4,000 solar lights, and installed over 800 solar heating systems.

Our grant will fund the construction of 100 Justa Cookstoves in El Salvador, and 160 in Honduras, between September 1, 2015, and September 1, 2016. Each stove TWP builds reduces over 8 tons CO2e over its lifetime. Our donation will offset 1,300 tons of carbon.

>April 2016 Progress Report<




People for Progress in India
PPI is a Seattle-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainable growth among underprivileged communities in India. PPI funds and engages with numerous grass-roots organizations to execute innovative projects in the areas of sustainable farming, vocational training, skill training, providing basic amenities like clean drinking water, mentoring high-risk children, and micro-finance loans.

PPI is helping us plant trees in the state of Karnataka in Southern India. This includes 3 sites connected to schools, growing over 2,800 fruit-bearing trees.

2013 Partners

In 2013, we gave $36,000.00 to offset our carbon.  $26,000.00 was donated to the Rainforest Action Network (RAN)'s Protect-an-Acre and Climate Action Funds.  $10,000.00 was donated to People for Progress in India.  

Through RAN, we supported the following projects:

Protect-an-Acre

Movimento Munduruku
$5,000 to support the demarcation and monitoring of the Sawré Muybu territory of the Munduruku people, the last large un-demarcated swath of Munduruku territory in the Tapajós Basin, a jewel of the Amazon and home to an incredible array of plant and animal biodiversity that is threatened  by Brazil’s plans to build 3 major dams.

Peruvian Federation of Achuar Nationalities – FENAP
$5,000 to support an advocacy delegation to Iquitos, Peru of elected leaders, elders, youth and women representing the Achuar people of Peru's Pastaza river basin to request that the Peruvian state annul the Block 64 oil concession for having been created in violation of the Achuar people's right to prior consultation and to submit paperwork for land title recognition for the entire Achuar ancestral territory, which would help secure the long-term rainforest protection.

Associação Sociocultural Yawanawa – ASCY
$5,000 to support building a new ceremonial healing center both as part of a flood recovery process and to strengthen and promote traditional knowledge and health systems in an intergenerational way as the Yawanawa continue to protect nearly 500,000 acres of rainforest in their legally recognized traditional territory.

Land is Life (on behalf of Waorani Nationality of Ecuador - NAWE)
$2,500 to support the participation of an Indigenous Waorani woman, Weya Alicia Cahuiya, to attend the 14th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) to meet with allies and government officials and raise awareness on the environmental damages and the violence generated in her region in the Ecuadorian Amazon from oil companies and government agencies pushing to expand oil exploration.

Climate Action Fund

Kanawha Forest Coalition
$2,000 to support a coalition of organizations and local residents working to stop a mountaintop removal strip mine located just outside Charleston, West Virginia city limits and adjacent to the 10,000 acre Kanawha State Forest. Stopping this strip mine would prevent seven million tons of coal from being extracted and burned.

The Alliance for Appalachia
$2,000 to support Appalachia leaders hosting an interagency meeting with Obama Administration officials and a corresponding day of action in Washington DC to push for a timeline over the next two years to meet previous commitments related to reducing environmental and health impacts caused by mining practices and also timed to coincide with four critical water-related rule-makings that, if robust, would effectively ban mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.

Marea Creciente México
$2,000 to support the Climate Caravan team  organizing climate dialogues, public events, and workshops, and supporting direct actions coordinated by frontline communities and grassroots organizations that are fighting for climate justice as they traveled through Mexico, Central and South America, with a final destination of the COP20 UN climate summit in Lima, Peru.

2012

In 2012, we continued to support the  Rainforest Action Network  (RAN)'s Protect-an-Acre and Climate Action Fund, offsetting 5,000 tons of carbon through $25,000 in small grants, as well as People for Progress in India, through whom we offset an additional 1,000 tons of carbon.  

Through RAN, we supported the following projects:

Protect-an-Acre

Mother Nature
A movement of environmental activists, Buddhist monks, and remote communities fighting to stop the proposed Cheay Areng dam in the Areng Valley of southwest Cambodia that would flood 50,000 acres of rainforest and displace thousands.

Leuser Ecosystem Management Authority Employee Forum
A community-led project to remove 24 illegal palm oil plantations covering 25,000 acres from within the Leuser Protected Ecosystem in Aceh and North Sumatra, the first time a project of this nature has taken place anywhere in Indonesia.

Pueblo Originario Kichwa de Sarayaku (Tayjasaruta)
An award-winning Sarayaku filmmaker producing a 10-minute advocacy video, including covering costs for travel to remote Indigenous communities to shoot footage and record testimonials, to demonstrate the unified stance of resistance to oil across all of the 7 Indigenous nationalities in the Ecuadorian Amazon potentially impacted by the XI Oil Round auction.

Grassy Narrows Youth Organization
Save Keys Lake Campaign is intended as a step toward canceling Ontario’s 10-year logging plan on Grassy Narrows First Nation’s territory and will provide an opportunity for this newly-formed organization to build skills and capacity.

Women Movement for Sustainable Development – Liberia (WOMSUD)
Supporting mobilization efforts together with newly formed women-led community based organizations in Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties in northwestern Liberia to limit the expansion of palm oil plantations onto community land and forest areas associated with a 750,000 acre concession granted to Malaysia company Sime Darby and to document livelihood activities that women are engaged in within their communities as part of a conflict resolution process.

Digital Democracy (on behalf of Peruvian Federation of Achuar Nationalities - FENAP)
$1,500 to support a participatory mapping project with the Achuar community of Putuntsa in the Peruvian Amazon to be used as an advocacy tool to demonstrate how they occupy and use their traditional territory, which is threatened by pending oil development.

Sani Isla Kichwa Community
Sani Isla Kichwa community leaders organized a series of activities to solidify resolve and garner the support and solidarity of other Indigenous communities in the fight against potential oil drilling on their territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon, which covers over 100,000 acres of some of the most biodiverse rainforest in the world.

Associação Xavante Warã
A project that seeks to create ecological corridors between the 9 Xavante Indigenous territories in Mato Grosso by coordinating with neighboring large farms to take advantage of a Brazilian law requiring that 20% of rancher’s property must be left untouched.
 

Climate Action Fund

Keeper of the Mountains
Educate and inspire people to work for healthier, more sustainable mountain communities and an end to mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia through education & organizing and an innovative land easement program inspired Larry Gibson, the founder and inspirational leader of Keeper of the Mountains who passed away in 2012, whose family has been able to protect their ancestral home on Kayford Mountain amidst 7,500 acres of mountaintop removal sites.

Keepers of the Athabasca
The Tar Sands Healing Walk is an event with participation from more than 500 individuals from tar sands impacted communities and their supporters and allies hosted in Fort McMurray, Alberta, where major tar sands expansion is causing irreversible damage to both the environment and human health.

Asociación de Autoridades Tradicionales y Cabildos U’was
The U’wa Indigenous community advocates for the cancellation of the Magallanes gas exploration project and other resource extraction plans within their ancestral territory in a remote cloud forest in northeastern Colombia.

2011

For 2011, we have continued to partner with Rainforest Action Network (RAN), offsetting 4500 tons of carbon through $22,500 in grants to a variety of community-based organizations through RAN's Protect-an-Acre and Climate Action Fund programs (details below).  We also supported three different grassroots tree planting projects through People for Progress in India, offsetting a total of 464 tons of carbon.    

RAN programs we donated to in 2011:

Protect-an-Acre
 
Conservacion, Naturaleza y Vida
$2,500 to support mapping and physical demarcation of boundaries for Majé Cordillera in Panama to obtain collective land title recognition of 20,000 acres of rainforest territory for an Embera community to help protect rainforests from loggers that have been extracting cocobolo trees for export to high-paying markets in Asia.
 
Maya Leaders Alliance
$2,500 to support Maya Leaders Alliance, an organization that has helped secure major land rights victories in recent years and is now defending that progress and challenging a potential oil drilling project through a major 2 month grassroots mobilization incorporating 38 Maya communities consisting 21,000 people living within a region covering 500,000 acres of forested frontier in southern Belize. MLA seeks to inform communities about the plans for oil drilling and then gather leaders to rearticulate a collective position against the project and in favor of safeguarding land rights and the environment.
 
Yayasan Citra Mandiri Mentawai
$2,500 to support organizing a series of workshops in villages throughout the Mentawai Islands off the coast of West Sumatra, Indonesia with the aim of building awareness of the negative impacts of palm oil plantations and promoting with the District government office green and community based economic options, such as agroforestry methods based on local knowledge. In addition to the importance of local people’s rights to land, local customs, culture and food security that would be supported by these efforts, the Mentawai Islands have particular ecological importance because they have been separated from the mainland for more than half a million years and the long geographic isolation has resulted in numerous endemic mammal species, including four primates.
 
United Farmers of Jambi
$3,000 to support a project working with farmers in Senyerang village in Sumatra, Indonesia who lost over 17,000 acres of land seized by Asia Pulp and Paper in 2001. As part of efforts to regain control of the land, this project would establish a 25-acre rubber tree seedling nursery located in this area with the longer-term goal being to secure additional funding and grow the initiative to plant 3 million seedlings to support the local economy and reclaim over 10,000 acres.
 
Foundation for Uganda Women Development
$1,500 to support expanding an existing successful agroforestry and tree planting project in eastern Uganda through establishing two additional tree nurseries supported by rainwater harvesting tanks, which will seed one additional model farm where methods such as alley cropping, live fencing, woodlots and beekeeping will be demonstrated for, and maintained by, project participants.
 
Japan NGO Network on Indonesia (JANNI)
$2,000 to support a community mapping project being conducted, with support from JANNI, by Dayak communities in Long Bentuk and Mekar Baru villages in the province of East Kalimantan, Indonesia, which have faced increasing deforestation resulting from large-scale logging and the rapid advancement of palm oil plantations.
 
Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers)
$500 to support the SAVE Rivers network’s efforts to raise awareness in Sarawak, Malaysia about the risks of building 12 proposed mega-dams on the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples, which would forcibly displace tens of thousands of people and also flood more than 2,000 square kilometers of rainforest.
 
 
Climate Action Fund
 
Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS)
$2,000 to support the Manchester Community Festival, which will offer an alternative vision and paths for positive action challenging the southern leg of Keystone XL pipeline and the already toxic levels of environmental pollution faced by the community that would be greatly increased by the pipeline's completion.
 
Eyak Preservation Council
$2,000 to support Eyak Preservation Council's efforts to protect the Eyak ancestral homeland and the last pristine wild salmon habitat in Alaska by pursuing a grassroots strategy to leverage funding towards the acquisition and conservation of the Bering River coalfield, which would mitigate at least between 100 to 185 million tons of CO2.
 
The Alliance for Appalachia
$2,000 to support a three-day training for 30 new organizers across Central Appalachia to strengthen grassroots efforts to stop mountaintop removal coal mining and build leadership in new communities.
 
Gutting the Heartland
$2,000 to support Gutting the Heartland's efforts to connect movements against fossil fuel devastation through photos, video and personal narrative, with a particular focus on organizing Illinois Coal Basin residents to stop the expansion of the Eagle Creek #1 mine to 4 times its current operations (from a coal tonnage of 300,914 to over 1.2 million tons per year).
 

2010

In 2010, we partnered with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) to address our 2010 carbon emissions, totaling 4810 tons, by supporting innovative initiatives that keep millions of tons of CO2 in the ground.  Through a $24,000 donation to RAN’s small grant programs Protect-an-Acre and Climate Action Fund, World Centric® is investing directly in community-based organizations, Indigenous federations and small NGOs that are fighting to protect millions of acres of forest.   We also continued to offset 318 tons of carbon  through the One Child/100 Trees Project supported by  People for Progress in India.  Survival rates of the planted trees from 2009 were over 85%.

Here's how our $24,000 grant to RAN's Protect-an-Acre and Climate Action Fund was implemented: 

Protect-an-Acre:

Caura Futures
$3,500 to support Caura Futures conservation efforts within the 45,300 km² Caura River Basin in the Venezuelan Amazon through providing training and tools to safeguard Indigenous knowledge, improve human health, and promote good ecosystem stewardship, including addressing the issue that some youths today are more likely to fell, rather than climb, a palm tree for its fruit by creating new enthusiasm for the traditional practice of tree-climbing through introducing new gear, reviewed and approved by community members, and holding competitions. A workshop will expand this aspect of the project to Iquitos, Peru, where wild palm fruit markets are highly developed and the problem of felling palms is widespread.
http://understory.ran.org/2012/04/20/bringing-a-competitive-spirit-to-rainforest-protection/

WALHI Jambi
$5,000 to support work with 5 villages in Jambi Province, Sumatra, Indonesia to strengthen community management systems and values and help secure control and protection for over 40,000 acres of customarily-owned rainforest through holding a series of meetings to reach collective decisions to develop and implement 35 year management plans that consider ecological, economic and social dimensions and provide for sustainable sources of income that reflect local cultural values.

Fundación Runa
$2,000 to support the establishment of a 200-acre mixed-use agroforestry project, incorporating cacao, coffee, and 10,000 newly planted guayusa and hardwood trees that will provide income for communities, while also serving as a strategic buffer zone around the 25,000 acre Colonso Protected Area in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Lati Tana Adat Takaa 
$2,000 to help the Dayak Benuaq Indigenous Peoples of Muara Tae in Kalimantan, Indonesia to protect their customary rainforest land through the completion of participatory mapping of village areas as part of a process to secure a 10,000 acre territorial claim, as well as advocating to stop ongoing and future encroachment by palm oil and mining companies.

Frente de Conservacion Ecologica de la Comunidad Nativa Mushuk Llacta de Chipaota
$2,500 to support ongoing work* to expand the recognized territory of the Mushuk-Llatka de Chipaota Indigenous community from 55,000 to 97,000 acres through the establishment of a biological reserve in the Andean Forest buffer zone of Cordillera Azul National Park in the Peruvian Amazon and to secure protection of the area through a community-led monitoring program.

Climate Action Fund:

Campaña Amazonía por la Vida
$2,000 to support grassroots efforts to pressure the national government to commit to its proposed plan to keep oil under the ground in Yasuní National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon, which would result in preventing 407 million tons of CO2 emissions and help protect one the most important biological areas on the planet that also includes territory of the Huaorani people, as well as two other Indigenous tribes living in voluntary isolation.

Pueblo Kichwa de Rukullacta
$2,500 to support workshops to solidify opposition in all Rukullacta communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon and lay the groundwork for outfacing activities to prevent Canadian company Ivanhoe Energy's potentially environmentally and socially devastating plan to deploy highly questionable technology to attempt to recover and convert heavy, tar sands-type oil to lighter crude for export. The Pungarayacu oil field is estimated to contain between 4.3 to 12.1 billion barrels of heavy, extremely viscous crude. It is unknown exactly how much of that lies beneath the 106,000 acres of titled Rukullacta lands, but at least a dozen wells are planned to explore the area.


 

2009

Trees are nature’s own carbon sinks and World Centric® recognizes that deforestation plays a key role in global climate change. It is estimated that one tree in the tropics on average can sequester 50 pounds of atmospheric carbon dioxide per year. World Centric®’s estimated total carbon footprint for 2009 is just over 4,273 tons of carbon dioxide, or about 9.4 million pounds. It was our goal to offset this with 176,824 trees.  We looked to two organizations to help us with our goal: People for Progress(PPI) in India and Trees for the Future(TREES). Our sustainable development partner PPI is helping us plant trees in the state of Karnataka in Southern India. Sustainable farming, vocational training, skill training, providing basic amenities like clean drinking water, mentoring high risk children, and micro-finance loans are some of the areas that PPI also works on. PPI has planted 17,360 trees with a variety of species, supporting biodiversity and agroforestry since 2008. Their One Child/100 Trees project is a three-year activity that educates students and families about biodiversity in the process of helping plant the trees. Trees for the Future is helping us plant trees in the African nation of Cameroon. With the help of 8,000 volunteers in mostly rural villages, TREES has successfully planted more than 1.5 million trees in 2009. TREES works with rural farmers to develop sustainable land-use practices which are beneficial to the environment and improve the lives of the people involved. Farmers are planting trees to improve the soil and their crop yields, and protect the land against further erosions. Many farmers are developing income generating activities such as livestock raising, honey production, and fruit production.
 

 

   

 

 
We take great pride in the quality of our compostables, but we take an equal amount of pride supporting these grassroots organizations and communities that help us offset all our carbon.