As a Family Travel blogger, I often get frustrated that I can’t travel all the time. I love to travel, to explore the world. I also believe that to travel with kids is incredibly worthwhile as it exposes them to life outside of their little bubble! In recent years, travel has become far more affordable and accessible for more people throughout the world. Planes, trains and automobiles! Any which way we can, we’ll travel. However, with that privilege comes the impact on our environment. I’m going to show you how to offset your carbon footprint and still travel by supporting Make It Wild.
I’m going to be honest (and ashamed) to admit that I don’t really consider the impact of our personal family travel on the environment. I mean, I try to be as careful as I can when it comes to little things like recycling, using refillable water bottles, etc etc, but I’ve never even considered NOT going travelling because of my CO2 footprint.
If we’re not going to stop travelling … how can we offset our carbon footprint?
When it’s pointed out to you, and you’re forced to think about it, I honestly still think that there are too few people who would actually NOT go travelling because they are trying to save the planet one flight at a time.
When Helen from Make It Wild approached me, I was really intrigued by what they do. Instead of preaching to everyone about how they shouldn’t travel because it’s bad for the environment, they have invested in a project that helps us to offset our carbon footprint. By planting trees.
I know right? It sounds so simple. Planting trees.
And what makes it even better, they do it for you, and maintain the tree forever more too.
I asked Helen to share more about what their organisation is all about Please read on to hear more about this amazing initiative. At the end of the post are instructions on how you can enter a giveaway to win a sustainable travel hamper, and they will also offset 5 tonnes of carbon on your behalf!
What is Make it Wild?
Make it Wild is a family business, based in North Yorkshire that was set up in 2018. Their mission statement says:
“It’s not our aim to protect nature, it’s our purpose”
As a family project, they have planted thousands of trees, which now form a beautiful woodland near Kirk Hammerton, the Sylvan Nature Reserve, and the beautiful Bank Woods in Nidderdale. Recently they also invested in their site at Dougill Grange, where they have plans to plant a further 10,000 trees.
What do Make it Wild do?
Through planting trees they are helping to improve the biodiversity on their sites, which in turn combats climate change. They recently planted their 25,000th tree, have dug 12 ponds, sown acres of wildflowers, and have put up around 27 bird boxes. They have also protected 20 acres of Ancient Woodland.
If you miss them at the local farmer’s markets you can always check out their range of ecofriendly products in their online shop. One of my favourite things that they do is that you can dedicate a tree to a loved one as an eco-friendly gift.
Offsetting Your Carbon Footprint
They recently started a Carbon Mitigation through Tree Planting scheme which allows people to compensate for the carbon footprint they create through travel. All funds raised by this and their online shop go towards maintaining their nature reserves.
How does Carbon Dioxide Affect Climate Change?
The more Cabon Dioxide (CO2) that is produced, the warmer our planet becomes. Things like manufacturing, travel, or simply heating our homes all burn fossil fuels which release carbon into the atmosphere as CO2. This is a potent greenhouse gas which is a major contributor to climate change. This is your carbon footprint.
The concentration of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere has risen by 40% since the industrial revolution, and scientists agree that these CO2 emissions must be controlled as they are one of the main causes of climate change.
You can find out more information about how to calculate your carbon footprint on the Make It Wild. Once you understand your carbon footprint and how it is created, you can make changes to try to reduce it. We all have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint.
What is the environment impact of air travel?
When aviation fuel burns, it releases greenhouse gasses including CO2, which together are called CO2e. As air travel has become more affordable and more common, so the effect of air travel has grown too and thereby the levels of CO2e.
It is estimated that a short flight emits approximately 1 tonne of CO2e per person, and a long haul flight emits approximately 3 tonnes per person.Everyone has a responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint, but in modern life, it’s difficult to reduce it to zero. Here is one fantastic solution to give back and repair your carbon footprint! #sustainabletravel #sustainability Click To Tweet
How to offset your emissions?
There are ways to offset your emissions. One of the most effective methods of offsetting your carbon footprint is by investing in projects that take CO2 from the atmosphere, thereby stopping it acting as a greenhouse gas. You can do this by investing in renewable energy production, or by planting trees, as they do at Make it Wild.
How do trees help?
Trees absorb Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere by photosynthesis. (Yes, it’s high school biology all over again! Who knew we’d need to know it 20 years ago? Okay, 25!)
Isn’t nature wonderful, if we can just give it a helping hand by actually planing the trees, the trees themselves will help us to help Earth, our home! The only one we have.Fun Fact: Did you know that a typical tree will remove 3.7 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere in 40 years. #trees #earth #nature Click To Tweet
A typical long-haul flight emits about 3 tonnes of CO2e. Driving a normal petrol family car for 10,000 miles emits 5 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide.
How can Make It Wild help to mitigate my carbon footprint?
You simply go on to their website, decide how many tonnes of CO2 you wish to compensate for, and purchase it via their website.
They will then assign the trees to you, and send you a certificate confirming how many tonnes of CO2 you have offset. You will also get a badge and a map with an aerial photograph showing you where your trees are.
Going forward, the Make It Wild team will continue to take care of your trees, ensuring they reach maturity, and by so doing they will be doing their job of absorbing Carbon Dioxide emissions for decades to come.
Wow … Where do I Sign Up?
If you want to know how much it costs to have Helen and Christopher offset 5 tonnes of carbon for you, it is only £21.00 which is about 2 trees! Click here to order one now!
Helen and I have teamed up to bring you an AMAZING Giveaway which is perfect for all those of you interested in sustainable living, sustainable travel and just trying to make the world a better place … and perfectly timed for Christmas too.
Living so far away from my family in Africa, it’s impractical to send them physical gifts, but I know that the people and the wildlife of Africa have been severely affected by global warming, so, to put it simply, every tree counts. My family would love a gift like this.
What you win:
Main prize: The winner will have 5 tonnes of carbon offset in your name and will be sent a certificate of confirmation by Make It Wild.
In addition to that, you will also win the following sustainable travel hamper supplied by Make It Wild.
- Bamboo cutlery – Knife, fork and spoon – very lightweight and easy to clean.
- Luxury Bamboo Straws with Cleaning Brush – six bamboo straws with a vegan cleaning brush, all in a pouch to keep them together.
- Bamboo Toothbrush – this is one of our fantastic new ‘luxury’ bamboo toothbrushes. It is beautifully made, feels great in your hand, and cleans your teeth beautifully.
- Dent-Tabs – Dent-Tabs are a fantastic, convenient, plastic-free swap for toothpaste when you’re travelling. For this kit, we have prepared a small pack of 10 tablets which will last you 5 days.
- Eco-friendly Deodorant – One of our most popular products – because it really works! This solid deodorant is vegan and contains only natural ingredients that won’t harm you or the planet. It is supplied in a cardboard tube and is as easy to use as a roll-on but without the plastic! One of the following fragrances will be included: Jasmine and Rose; Lemon and Rosemary or Grapefruit and Lemon.
- Make it Wild Vegan Lip Balm – Where ever you are you will need to keep your lips kissable! Our vegan lip balm is made from natural organic ingredients. It is super-moisturising and comes in a cute metal tin. One of three flavours will be included: Mandarin, Vanilla or Coconut.
The total value of this Giveaway is £51.35.
Check out the details below of how to enter this worthwhile sustainable travel Giveaway.
To enter the Giveaway, please enter using the Rafflecopter Entry below.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Terms & Conditions:
- Competition closes on Friday 15 November 2019.
- The competition is open worldwide, but the hamper can only be posted to a UK address.
- The bonus entry adds your name to the ‘hat’ twice but only if you have already completed the Rafflecopter Requirements.
- The draw for the winner will take place on Monday 18 November.
- The prize will be posted out by Helen from Make It Wild. It will only be posted out on the 29th of November.
You can follow Make It Wild on all their social media as follows, and please do show them your support.
Even if you decide not to enter the Giveaway, please share this post far and wide, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or simply by emailing it to your family and friends. This is a fantastic solution on how to offset your carbon footprint.
Alternatively planting a tree to offset someone else’s carbon footprint makes a lovely gift for those who don’t feel the need to collect stuff! It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Disclaimer: Make It Wild are planting a tree in my name in exchange for this post and Giveaway.