GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITIES
From a thrilling outdoor adventure, to a lakeside picnic, or watching a gorgeous sunset, there’s no denying that our natural surroundings enhance our travels in so many ways. As a small business, Pack Up + Go is committed to inspiring positive change and conscious consumption, which is why we’re excited to partner with Carbonfund.org to combat the impact that travel has on the environment.
Air travel is one of the highest contributors to CO2 emissions; a cross-country flight in the United States emits more than 1 ton of carbon dioxide. As a team who loves to travel and explore the world, we also respect the environment and want to do everything we can to help neutralize our footprint so that future generations can enjoy the same experiences we’ve been fortunate to have.
At Pack Up + Go, we have a unique opportunity to make the world a better place for both our travelers and the environment.
We hope that you’ll support us in this mission!
Here’s how Pack Up + Go is getting involved:
Our team in Pittsburgh will volunteer our time with local organizations to enhance our city’s parks + public spaces.
Our travelers will receive plantable seed cards in their trip envelope – we want everyone to return from their trip and to plant a flower! Every little bit counts, after all.
We will make a monetary donation to Carbonfund.org, who actively works to offset carbon emissions through large-scale projects both in the United States and overseas.
- Lillian Rafson, CEO + Founder
Why Offset Carbon?
Pack Up + Go started as a dream to help Americans explore their country with spontaneity + ease. It is our mission to help travelers explore more destinations, more frequently, with more confidence. We have this dream because we love the many sweeping landscapes, cities, and sites around the USA and want everyone to appreciate them as much as we do. Likewise, we are passionate about keeping our environment clean and safe for years to come.
How then do we reconcile that the methods for traveling to our surprise destinations involve a car, a plane, or a train, and all three emit carbon into the atmosphere?
We have no interest in stopping you from traveling and since teleportation hasn’t been invented yet, you have no other choice but to use a method that emits carbon (even indirectly, in the case that you are using an electric vehicle), so we are giving back by investing in efforts that offset the carbon our travelers use when they travel.
What does it mean to offset carbon?
Offsetting carbon means making efforts to reduce avoidable carbon waste in other ways - such as making existing processes more efficient, creating less wasteful energy sources, and investing in “reforestation” to rebuild our Earth’s natural defense system - trees.
Carbonfund.org is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce + offset their climate impact and quicken the transition to clean energy. They achieve these goals through:
Climate change education
Carbon offsets and reductions