The Seedballs Carbon Footprint Offset Calculator
A simple calculator converting your annual flying and driving CO2 emissions (carbon footprint) into Kilos of SeedBalls required to offset.
The calculator components are as follows:
1 hour commercial flying time per person = 250 kg CO2 produced. (ref: carbonindependent.org)
1 kilometer traveled by a standard petrol or diesel engine passenger vehicle = 0.25 kg CO2 produced.
12% average seedball survival rate in the wild.
(our direct observations allowing for environmental variances)
1 Acacia tree is estimated to capture 33 kg CO2 per year over it's lifetime. (ref: Carbonneutral.com.au, adjusted down for Acacias)
There are 450 seedballs per kilogram.
Your donated Seedballs are optimally distributed into appropriate areas by our experienced partner organisations in Kenya.
One year's CO2 emissions are offset by one year's capture by trees grown from seedballs. The life-long capture is much more.
During photosynthesis, plants take the energy from sunlight and use it to change carbon dioxide and water into oxygen and carbohydrates. An easy way to understand this cycle is to think that trees breathe in the carbon dioxide and exhale (breathe out) oxygen while capturing and storing carbon in their tissues.
Life as we know it would probably not exist on Earth without trees. They produce a large proportion of the oxygen that supports our biosphere.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is necessary for plants and trees to grow. Forests play a specific and important role in the global carbon cycle by absorbing carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, Trees and other plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in order to build their tissues, releasing oxygen in the process.
The unique chemical process that trees and plants use to turn light energy from the sun into oxygen is known as photosynthesis. During this process, trees harness the sun's energy, using it to put carbon dioxide gas together with water to produce oxygen.