Better World Books -
Recently recognized by Fast Company as one of the best for-profit social enterprises of 2008
, they offer a wide selection of new and used books with free shipping in the US and less than $3 shipping elsewhere. A portion of the profits go to fund literacy organizations such as Room to Read
, and their shipping is carbon-neutral
. The only thing missing is the ability to import Amazon wishlists.
"When you cheat on your partner you add to the heartbreak, pain and jealousy in the atmosphere. Cheatneutral offsets your cheating by funding someone else to be faithful and NOT cheat. This neutralises the pain and unhappy emotion and leaves you with a clear conscience." [Via Gristmill.]
It may feel hip to go carbon neutral
, but are carbon offsets real
? Now you can find out by reading Clean Air Cool Planet's Consumer's Guide to Carbon Offsets
which asseses 30 providers of carbon neutrality and sets out criteria for understanding which are doing the best to help you save the planet. The consumer's guide reads more like an enviro geeks master's thesis, but it quickly becomes clear that the core of the matter is additionality
, i.e. to what extent will this investment create emission reductions in addition to those that would have occured in its absence
If this is all too much for you and just want to cut to chase and save the world, you should just take the pledge at Treasure Our Planet
. It's pretty simple stuff.