Climate change is a sprawling, daunting challenge. Transportation and industry produces a majority portion of the world’s climate pollution. We drive trucks and fly on planes to reach our favorite fishing destinations and sell products to help land the fish that brought us there but we also recognize climate change poses terrible threats to these ecosystems, especially the trout and salmon fisheries dependent on cold water.
We look forward to the days when we can pull a drift boat to a local river with an electric truck or fly to a tarpon flat in a plane powered by carbon neutral fuels. Until then, we believe carbon credits for offset projects are part of our responsibility as anglers and we are thrilled to be supporting projects that align with our core values and mission.
If rigorously managed, offsets can be an important part of the broad solution set to climate change. They certainly don’t mean society can hesitate in its transition to clean energy sources but offsets can be a way for individuals and businesses to acknowledge their pollution and support the efforts to draw down climate pollution that has already been pumped into the atmosphere and in some cases prevent it from being added in the first place.
We are excited to announce that we are as of 2019, and forever will be, a carbon neutral business residing in Built Green/Built Smart building here in West Seattle.
Every year forward from here we will assess our carbon footprint as a business and set out to offset it as close to home as we possibly can. This will include our global travel, clients global travel, supply chain, local and regional guiding and embedded carbon in all products sold in our store.
We have partnered with two organizations to procure real, additional and permanent offsets. With Cool Effect, each of their projects are ethically proven and scientifically validated providing the confidence and transparency to help remedy global climate change with ease and over 90% of every dollar goes directly to their project partners. We have also sought nature-based solution in our backyard by buying carbon offsets to benefit the King County Forest Carbon Program. A tangible offset we here in the Seattle area can go experience every day.
To learn more about Cool Effect’s important projects, EWA’s efforts at environmental stewardship and ways to support conservation and climate change action, visit our EWA enviro page often and keep an eye out for more news on these topics on our social, blog and social media accounts. We will continue to report on our progress and our learnings to facilitate other companies to become carbon neutral.
More of our story to minimize our impact and includes –
We are an official Drop Off for Recycled Waders. Please ask about our $25 credit towards new waders for bring in old ones.
We recycle/upcycle all our used fly line material to Fly Vines and you can drop off old fly lines, spooled up for us to ship to them.
Our entire staff uses Green Anchor on our boats to reduce the amount of lead we leave in our rivers.
With much thanks to Miir and Yeti we no longer use single use plastic in any of our classes or on trips by providing freshly sanitized Ramblers for each guest and provide fresh water from fully sanitized jugs or encourage our clients to bring their own reusable beverage containers
Our entire staff signed the Costa Sunglasses “Kick Plastic” pledge.
On June 15th we will be the first shop in the country to host a Loon Outdoors Aquel Refill Station. This will allow you to bring in your existing floatant bottle and refill it for less than buying a new one and putting one less piece of plastic into the world.
We have partnered with Ridwell to assist with proper disposal of packing materials for all product shipments including plastic wrap.
Thank you for all of your continued support.
Dave McCoy – Owner/GM