How to Lower Your Carbon Footprint with Tala
As a mounting number of wildfires relentlessly wreak havoc across forests and communities around the world, we introduce an update to our low-carbon offering.
Watch the news and it will tell you the world is on fire. Most people know this is a result of carbon emissions. But addressing climate change as an individual can be overwhelming.
We’ve come up with a simple way to help you reduce your carbon footprint. Effectively, when you buy Tala, you’re buying into 2 low-carbon solutions. These are:
1. Preventing future emissions with energy-efficient lighting
Carbon dioxide emissions and energy use are inextricable. Lighting accounts for nearly 6% of global CO2 emissions. A global switch to LED technology could save over 1,400 million tons of CO2 and avoid the construction of 1,250 power stations. When you switch to Tala from an incandescent, CFL or halogen lamp, you immediately reduce your carbon footprint by preventing the unnecessary burning of fossil fuels.
2. Absorbing existing emissions with forest restoration
Forests remove up to 30 percent of human carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. Without healthy forests, we won’t be able to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Every light we sell funds reforestation projects around the world.
Three years on from launching the company with the Ten Trees programme, where we planted 10 trees for every 200 units sold, we are excited to announce our new model, which unites the social and environmental issues of climate change on a global scale, increasing our impact (in trees planted) by 540%. So what’s new?
In the UK, we continue to work with The Heart of England Forest on building and protecting a vast, new unbroken woodland of native, broad-leaf trees in the middle of England.
In the USA, we partner with the National Forest Foundation to restore ecosystems across the country by planting in areas where reforestation addresses the greatest ecological need, such as those severely affected by forest fires.
And as of July 2018, we are partnering with WeForest to address the underlying social issues of climate change. The project we’re supporting is in the Khasi Hills of India, which benefits the local population through assisted natural regeneration and sustainable livelihood development.
As of July 2018, we are partnering with WeForest to address the underlying social issues of climate change
If every one of the 25 million households in the UK replaced just 1 incandescent bulb with a Tala Globe, the effects on the planet would be huge.*
– Nearly 7.5 million metric tons of carbon emissions would be prevented from energy savings over the bulb’s lifetime
– We would plant 1.5 million trees in the Khasi Hills, which would absorb up to 350,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over 20 years of growth
That’s equivalent to taking 3.3 million passenger vehicles off the road for a whole year.**
Now, imagine the impact you could have if you switched your whole home to Tala.
So what are you waiting for?
* Calculations based on the following assumptions:
– Lights are switched on for 6 hrs per day, 7 days per week, 52 weeks per year
– 0.28307 kgCO2/kWh emissions factor
**In the UK, average vehicle drives 8,000 miles per year (source)
– Average passenger vehicle emits 2.35 metric tons CO2e when driven 8,000 miles
– 7,430,587.50 + 350,000 (total CO2e savings from bulbs and trees in metric tons) / 2.35 metric tons CO2e per car per year = 3,310,888.30 cars driven for one year