There's no question that RePLAy 3D's approach to tackling 3D printer waste is unique. While there are many advantages to using package delivery companies for our closed-loop recycling system, there are also drawbacks. One drawback that has come to our attention is the carbon footprint we are creating.
Our carbon footprint, while still small, has the potential to increase significantly as we grow. We have been thinking about what we can do to mitigate our carbon footprint from the start, rather than face a larger problem down the road.
Now that we have completed our pre-sale, we have data to help calculate our carbon footprint per spool of filament sent out as well as scrap mailed back.
Here’s what we have found:
- One Purchase and Recycling transaction equates to approximately 1.375* lbs of CO2.
- One tree consumes forty-eight (48) lbs of CO2 per year.
- Therefore, one tree is capable of off-setting approx. thirty-five (35) filament delivery and return transactions.
Based on these early numbers, we have realized that we indeed have an impactful carbon footprint. So in order to reduce our carbon footprint and achieve carbon neutral business practices, RePLAy 3D has partnered with Shelburne, VT-based One Tree Planted. For every thirty-five spools sold, we will donate to One Tree Planted in order to offset the carbon emissions created from our program.
Since we also have caring and concerned customers, we are creating a reward through our RePLAy Rewards program where customers can use points to have a tree planted. When the reward is selected, a donation equal to the planting of one tree will be made.
A carbon neutral approach is a great compliment to the recycling movement we are trying to foster. We at RePLAy 3D feel that offsetting our carbon footprint as well as giving our customers a way to help offset theirs is a great way to help the environment and achieve our mutual goals.
*Based on an average outbound and return package weight of three (3) pounds traveling an average of 1500 miles. The final figure was reached using the carbonfund.org carbon calculator