Every time you swipe your Carbon Zero credit card, we automatically receive a portion of the standard credit card fee paid by the merchant. These fees are then used to fund industry-leading forestry and carbon capture projects throughout the United States and around the world, thereby offsetting the negative impact of your spending. Whereas your everyday spending increases your carbon footprint, our rewards system automatically neutralizes your carbon footprint to achieve a Carbon Zero lifestyle.
A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact that your activities have on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. Even when you individually do not burn fossil fuels, your behaviors, purchases, and experiences may be relying on companies that do.
A carbon footprint is expressed as a weight of CO2 emissions produced in tonnes.
For each transaction, we multiply your transaction amount by the carbon intensity of the merchant category (i.e. restaurant, grocery store, gas station, etc) to provide the most accurate and custom carbon footprint calculation possible.
You can neutralize your carbon footprint by offsetting as much CO2 as your actions generate. The neutralization of your carbon footprint is possible through carbon offsetting.
Note: The smaller your carbon footprint, the less CO2 there is to offset. That's why behavioral change is also critically important in the fight against climate change. Through behavioral change, we can decrease the amount of CO2 that our activities generate in the first place.
Carbon offsetting is the reduction of CO2 emissions in one place to compensate for CO2 emissions made in another place. Carbon offsets provide transparent and quantifiable climate impact, measuring how much carbon was reduced for each dollar spent.
There are over 200 different methods for generating carbon offset credits, which can come in three different varieties:
By investing your rewards points into carbon offsetting projects, you can neutralize the negative environmental effects of your spending.
If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem. In this case: if you are not neutralizing your carbon footprint, you are intensifying the effects of climate change. We each need to take responsibility for our carbon footprints to ensure that our planet can continue to sustain life. Carbon Zero is here to make it easier to be a part of the solution!
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