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Carbon Boards, Carbon Paddles, what about our Carbon impact?

Here at Neptune SUPs HQ we take our environmental impact seriously, we all love playing in the waters of this amazing planet but if we are not careful we will ruin it for future generations. With this in mind in 2016 we commissioned Carbon Balancing specialist Go Balance to carry out a detailed life cycle assessment on Neptune SUPs and our products. This was one of the first ever detailed reports calculating not just the construction but the whole life of a board. The report calculated the Carbon Footprint of Neptune and our kit and led us to make the decision to carbon balance all our SUP boards & paddles prior to them being sold.

What does that mean?...

Being Carbon balanced means that we have taken steps to offset the Carbon footprint of our "ALL" our SUP Boards and Paddles (this includes all the kit we sold before we knew our footprint). As far as we know we were the first SUP brand to do this, others have followed and some have made token gestures whilst others sadly are still doing nothing at all?! Unfortunately, its not as easy as planting a tree, if you don't know your footprint you won't know how to offset it. It's also one of the reasons we stopped making/selling inflatable boards, it's very hard to claim to be environmentally friendly if your main product is a very large piece of single use plastic.

How have we done this?...

By having a detailed Life Cycle Assessment report compiled to calculate our Carbon footprint we have been able to work out exactly how big our footprint is. This enables us to purchase enough carbon credits to offset that footprint.

What type of Carbon Credit have we purchased?

Basically we have brought shares in a rain forest that generates positive energies into our atmosphere to offset our bad. This insures the rain forest will not be farmed and protected for the future. We are supporting the Trocano Araetama Conservation project by buying their Natural Capital Credits. This is a REDD+ project situated within the municipal boundaries of Borba, in the state of Amazonas,
www.trocanoproject.com/home/ The project covers an area of 1.3 million hectares and is inhabited by 105 communities, with a total population of 10,700 that are directly affected by the project activities benefiting them all in many ways, with water being the veins to these communities we felt it was a great project for Neptune SUPs to support. The project complies with the Natural Forest Standard (NFS), a voluntary carbon standard that integrates the social, biodiversity and carbon aspects of REDD+ projects.