It’s fair to say that many people have reevaluated the impact their activities and lifestyles have on the planet; carbon offsets exist as a way to remunerate and give back to the environment. In theory and intent, the idea of purchasing carbon offsets is a great one. After all, some people’s livelihoods rely upon frequent travel or other environmentally-unfriendly practices.
In practice, however, some of these carbon offsets are just plain ostentatious. The yachtsman who purchases carbon offsets to make up for weekend jaunts might do the planet one better by leaving the vessel docked at the marina. And the oenophile who pays extra to offset the environmental impact of his or her wine shipment could very easily explore the world of locally-produced wines.
Buying carbon offsets to make up for a spendthrift lifestyle is better than making no efforts to aid the environment at all, but some of the offsets in the slideshow below are just plain silly.
CES Goes Green
Consumer Electronics Get More Eco-Friendly
Carbon Offsets for Wine Shipments
Clif Family Winery Introduces 'Green My Shipment'
Offsets for Philanderers
CheatNeutral Funds Monogamy Projects and Awareness
Buy Carbon Offsets
Drinking Rain To Offset Carbon Emissions
Lancome Eco-Chic Initiative
Beautiful At Carbonfund.org
Super Bowl to Use Only Renewable Energy
Eco-Libris Plants Trees to Offset Book Paper
Buy a PC and Plant a Tree
Dell Helps Carbon Fund
The Smoker Bench
Fergie's Hummer On eBay
Proceeds For The Planet
Carbon Neutral Flying
Silverjet is the World's First Eco-Stylish Airline
Yacht Carbon Offsets
Green Guilt Solutions for Seafarers
'Ash is Ok' Ashtray Flowerpot