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How to Make Your Air Travel Green
CNBC.com | January 13, 2012 | 04:23 PM EST

“Carbon offsetting is simply the process of neutralizing your footprint,” says Carlson, president of carbonfund.org. “If your car is responsible for 10,000 pounds of carbon emission, you plant some trees and boom, you’re carbon neutral.”

One carbon credit, he notes, is equal to one metric ton of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent for another greenhouse gas, such as methane, which are widely blamed for climate change.

According to the group’s website, a roundtrip flight between New York and Los Angeles would produce 0.89 metric tons of carbon dioxide. As such, the suggested donation to offset that emission is $8.94.

“It’s less than 5 percent of the cost of my flights,” says Geiger.

The cost is also tax deductible, like most other business expenses.

Where to Buy Them

As in most things green these days, the largest companies or those in the sustainability business itself are the most likely to be involved in the carbon offset business. If you want to sign up your employer or your own company, there are plenty of easily available choices.

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