As a company that relies heavily on shipping, we know we’re contributing to the trouble our planet is in. But just like we wouldn’t settle for a subpar sofa, we won’t settle for a subpar sustainability effort, either.
In addition to designing furniture built to last, Denver Modern recently partnered with a new shipping service that’s dedicated to tackling the industry’s carbon problem with its offset program. It tracks our shipping-related CO2 emissions, helping us minimize waste where we can, and automatically calculates how many carbon offsets we need to purchase to make up for those emissions.
We here at Denver Modern are working with the nonprofit Carbonfund.org to put those funds towards the highest-quality, third-party validated and verified renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally.
Here's how it works
- You purchase a piece of Denver Modern furniture.
- We ship it to you in the most efficient way possible.
- Our shipping partner tracks all the carbon we emit in the shipping process, including by ocean, air, truck and rail, and we purchase an equivalent offset.
- This funding is then used by a wind farm or other energy efficiency project to produce enough clean energy to balance the scales, effectively removing the impact from the shipping.
- You lounge with a little more peace knowing your purchase was part of the solution.
Just a few examples of the work that’s been done through the carbon offset program:
- The Envira Amazonia Project will mitigate the release of more than 12.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, while also preserving the habitat for an extraordinary amount of biodiversity and directly benefiting local communities.
- The Truck Stop Electrification Project reduces tailpipe emissions from freight trucks that transport our consumer goods all across the country.
- The New Bedford Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project is a gas-to-energy plant which produces approximately 3.3 megawatt hours of clean electricity. This landfill gas, which includes methane and carbon dioxide, fuels four reciprocating internal combustion engine-generators, producing power for the regional electricity grid, and reducing the amount of methane released into our atmosphere.
That’s the good news. But we always know there’s more work to be done, especially when it comes to protecting our planet. If you have any ideas for ways we can improve our sustainability efforts, especially as relates to the furniture industry, please share your feedback. We’re committed to continuous improvement, and going beyond sustainability lip service to walk the talk. It’s who we want to be.