World Centric prides itself not only in it’s 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, we are still committed to reducing the emission of carbon throughout the entire life cycle of our compostable goods.
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 would include 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. Even our office footprint includes the commute and travel of our staff.
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.
World Centric, which has roots as a non-profit and eco-fair trade store early on, recognized that by partnering with other grassroots organizations, we could become 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 Verified Projects. In our research into carbon offsetting programs, we found that verification is a significant cost that typically goes to third parties. Rather than support large corporations with large scale projects, we went small—we decided to work with grassroots organizations that directly work with people and communities that manage forests.
2012In 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. More details to follow.
For 2011, we have continued to partner with Rainforest Action Network (RAN), offseting 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, offseting a total of 464 tons of carbon.
RAN programs we donated to in 2011:
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 pursing 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).
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 was over 85%.
Here's how our $24,000 grant to RAN's Protect-an-Acre and Climate Action Fund was implemented:
$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.
$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.
$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.
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.