Environmentally conscious Americans routinely look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. They carry water bottles to avoid buying one-time plastic receptacles. Some bike or take public transit to reduce emissions from a car (or simply to save money). Others compost. And some make the more radical decision to protest fracking or drilling for oil.
Those who prefer a slightly more passive approach to being environmentally friendly now can reduce their carbon footprints with credit card rewards.
Rewarded with Carbon Offsets
Sustain:Green, the rewards program creator, launched a biodegradable MasterCard offering carbon reduction rewards; the credit card is issued by Missouri-based Commerce Bank.
Carbon offset programs allow environmentally conscious individuals to fund the planting of trees, building renewable energy alternatives or other sustainability projects. Carbon offsets through Sustain:Green will go towards Mata no Peito, an initiative to protect and replant forests in Brazil and combat deforestation, which accounts for 60 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The Value of Carbon Offsets in Cash-Back Terms