You may have read about our part­ner­ship with Green­Ship­ping. We talk about it a lot. Maybe it’s because they’re good peo­ple doing the right thing, maybe because vis­it­ing their office gives us the chance to spend an after­noon in Hood Riv­er (quite pos­si­bly heav­en on earth), or maybe it’s because they’re anoth­er Ore­gon start-up try­ing to build some­thing from scratch. We relate. In any event, I want­ed to share a lit­tle about their oper­a­tion and the peo­ple behind it. Green­Ship­ping was start­ed ear­li­er this year by Ken White­man with one idea in mind: to give con­sumers and busi­ness­es access to an easy, cost effec­tive, and accu­rate way to make ship­ping a green process. Amen to that. As our shop­ping habits become more con­nect­ed to the web, these guys are con­nect­ing our dol­lars to the devel­op­ment of renew­able ener­gy sources.

Green­Ship­ping is mak­ing all of this hap­pen through a high­ly sophis­ti­cat­ed car­bon cal­cu­la­tor that ana­lyzes a pack­age’s weight, size, des­ti­na­tion and mode of trans­port. A cal­cu­la­tion is made and cred­its are paid through Green­Ship­ping to The Bon­neville Envi­ron­men­tal Foun­da­tion. BEF is a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion invest­ing in new wind pow­er projects that replace pow­er gen­er­at­ed by dirt­i­er sources like coal-fired pow­er plants. The off­sets are inde­pen­dent­ly cer­ti­fied through Green‑e® Cli­mate, a non-prof­it con­sumer pro­tec­tion pro­gram that ensures that these off­sets rep­re­sent real, per­ma­nent, and beyond busi­ness-as-usu­al green­house gas emis­sion reduc­tions. The Clymb choos­es Green­Ship­ping to ensure that every order we ship is car­bon neutral.