Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Your Blog Can Be Carbon Neutral

Since starting my dreaded reverse commute, my carbon footprint has gone way up. I used to go weeks without sitting on the expressway, using only public transporation to get around. Even though my car is pretty darn fuel efficient, I still feel bad. (I feel even worse when I spend $50 a week on gas, but that's a different topic...)

I was surfing the blogosphere yesterday, and a post by The Usual Shenanigans caught my eye; there's a way to make your blog carbon neutral! All I have to do is blog about it, and a tree will be planted for me!

kauf DA, a German non-profit, has created the "My Blog is Carbon Neutral" program, urging bloggers to spread the word. All you have to do is blog about the initiative and place this nifty little badge on your blog:

and a tree will be planted in Plumas National Forest in Northern California by the Arbor Day Foundation. The national forest was devastated by wildfires in 2007, and the goal is to re-forest the area.

You might be wondering how it's possible for your blog to have a carbon footprint? Well, the computers and servers that host your blog chew up a lot of power, and your readers are using electricity whenever they click on your blog. I never thought about it, but think of the amount of energy that's using up!

Click here to read more about how you can participate.

I'm going to pretend that this is what the forest looks like:


  1. What an awesome program! Thanks for sharing! The reverse commute is horrible- I used to do it! The fiancé does it everyday, and I think spends nearly $80 on gas a week with the current prices. Ugh.

  2. How cool is that? I'll go check it out!

  3. so cool! thanks for sharing!

    and thanks for your sweet comment on my engagement..so excited :)


  4. Pretty cool idea! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I never thought about my blog having a carbon footprint before. Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. You won the Fashion 101 giveaway from last week! Sorry it's taken me three days to tell you :P. I can't seem to find your email address, so when you see this, shoot me an email at emi_jo08(at)hotmail(dot)com to confirm :)

  6. wow- that's a great program. just found your blog and i love it! so cute.