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Carbon offset
for a greener planet
74.067 metric tons
TOTAL OFFSET IN 2019
4 lbs
YOUR SHARE
Starting this year Adagio Teas is teaming up with South Pole in an effort to do our part in reducing the carbon footprint of the packages we send out into the world. With our Carbon Offset program, a donation will automatically be made to South Pole with each purchase of Adagio Teas, at no additional cost to you. That contribution will then be used to help sponsor the offset of two pounds of carbon through one of South Pole's initiatives. Easy peasy!

Forest Regeneration - Brazil
THE CONTEXT
Renowned as the world's richest savannah in life forms, the Cerrado is home to countless endangered and vulnerable species. Among these, more than 5,000 can only be found within the boundaries of this biome in Brazil. Considering the totality of this rich variety, it means that the Cerrado protects 5% of all the species in the world and three out of every ten Brazilian species. The relatively minuscule area currently under official protection in Brazil means that urgent measures are needed to create more federal, state, municipal and private protected areas.

THE PROJECT
The Fazenda São Paulo Forestry project covers 1,055 hectares of private farmland within the Mato Grosso do Sul region, primarily characterized by this environmentally significant Cerrado Savannah. Land previously degraded by irrational cattle farming is reforested with two Eucalyptus species with regenerative properties. To date, over 1,750,000 trees have been planted, establishing a sustainable forest with a range of long term environmental and community benefits.

THE BENEFITS
This project ensures a significant increase in tree productivity compared to previously degraded grassland. The regenerative, healthy forest improves soil quality and water flows and reduces erosion, inviting significant vulnerable species to repopulate the area. Reforestation and upkeep of the project area also creates employment opportunities and encourages a more stable and technically skilled labour force. Thanks to the specialization of tasks and the increased qualifications available, workers have experienced a wage increase, with consequent benefits to their families.

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Paradigm Project - Kenya
THE CONTEXT
Most Kenyan households spend a significant portion of their time and income acquiring fuel for cooking and water boiling. The continual collection of firewood by Kenyan populations results in the exhaustion of wood supplies around townships in Paradigm target populations. Many people are forced to travel further from the town (upwards of 15km) to collect fuel. In the worst cases, mothers are gone for many hours, causing difficulty for children and nursing infants.

THE PROJECT
This project distributes efficient and clean household energy and safe water technologies. Due to more efficient stoves and clean water provision, families require less wood fuel for water purification and cooking - thereby reducing pressures on surrounding forests. Replacing traditional cooking methods with locally manufactured cookstoves reduces fuel use by about 50%, while decreasing toxic emissions by up to 70%. To date, over 65,000 modern, highly efficient cookstoves have been delivered.

THE BENEFITS
These improved cookstoves enable households to save up to 15% of their household income for food, school fees and other vital needs. Improved indoor air quality significantly reduces respiratory diseases and pneumonia. Safe water filters and community dispensers improve access to clean and affordable drinking water, thereby decreasing water-borne diseases. The project creates jobs for locals and empowers women by creating financial and time savings that can be repurposed in ways that better their families' lives.

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Hydropower - Vietnam
THE CONTEXT
In countries like Vietnam, where infrastructure is racing to keep up with increasing energy demands, initiatives that utilise clean, alternative ways to generate electricity are on the rise. Hydropower technology is a viable alternative to fossil fuels, especially for remote areas that often do not have a consistent supply of energy to their homes.

THE PROJECT
This project consists of hydropower projects with an installed capacity of up to 30 MW. River water is diverted into turbines that in turn generate clean, fossil-fuel free energy. The electricity generated by each plant is then transmitted to the closest grid connection anywhere across Vietnam. By providing an alternative energy source to the burning of fossil fuels, this project reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions entering the atmosphere.

THE BENEFITS
Beyond environmental benefits, this initiative creates social and economic opportunities for inhabitants of the project area. Jobs are created for local people both during construction and operation phases of the plants. By improving lowquality infrastructure systems where minority ethnicities settle, the project provides additional service benefits for local communities. The project has upgraded roads and traffic systems. Moreover, the communication system and clean water treatment serving for workers of the project during both construction and operation phases is shared with local people.

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Aura Solar - Mexico
THE CONTEXT
Aura Solar I is located in La Paz, the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. It has an installed capacity of 39 MW and is one of the first large scale solar photovoltaic plants developed in Latin America.

THE PROJECT
The solar power plant is an important driver of the clean energy revolution in Mexico. It is part of the wider initiative "Iniciativa Aura Solar", which aims to develop successful large-scale photovoltaic projects that can capitalise on Mexico's high solar potential. It provides an alternative, renewable energy source that can subsidise the electricity grid.

THE BENEFITS
By replacing fossil fuel use, the project significantly reduces emissions and helps mitigate the environmental risks of the transport of hydrocarbons into the delicate ecosystem of the Gulf of California. Aura Solar employs local workers and provides employees technical training.

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