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Pledge 1

We joined Pledge 1%, a global corporate philanthropy movement, to bring tangible outcomes to Blackthorn’s mission of giving back to improve the world. 

Through Pledge 1% Blackthorn.io is becoming a force for good by investing in efforts to mitigate the threat of climate change, helping to fund a collection of innovative carbon removal projects.

1% of company equity
1% of owner equity
1% of gross revenue
1% of product

STRIPE CLIMATE PROJECT

We're proud to be a partner supporting Stripe's Climate Project. To mitigate the threat of climate change, the majority of climate models agree that the world will need to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere on the scale of approximately 6 gigatons of CO2 per year by 2050. That’s roughly the equivalent of the United States’ annual emissions. The world is not on track to achieve this.

Recognizing this challenge, we’ve decided to commit 1% of our revenue to support next-generation carbon removal technologies.  

Our contribution is being allocated to the projects listed below, which will expand over time.

Interested in doing the same for your organization? Find out how here.

We’re excited to support these projects because they represent permanent carbon removal, with the potential to become dramatically less expensive and higher volume over the coming years. Our contribution allows us to act as early adopters of these technologies, demonstrating demand to help them improve. 

  • Climeworks, a Swiss company that uses renewable geothermal energy and waste heat to capture carbon dioxide directly from the air, concentrate it and permanently sequester it underground in basaltic rock formations.
  • Project Vesta, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, captures carbon dioxide by using olivine, an abundant mineral found in the earth’s subsurface. Ocean waves grind down the olivine, increasing its surface area. As the olivine breaks down, it captures atmospheric CO2 from within the ocean and stabilizes it as limestone on the seafloor.
  • CarbonCure, a Canadian company whose technology sequesters carbon dioxide in concrete by mineralizing it into calcium carbonate — as a bonus, this process has a side benefit of actually strengthening the concrete.
  • Charm Industrial in San Francisco has created a novel process for preparing and injecting bio-oil into geologic storage. Bio-oil is produced from biomass and maintains much of the carbon that was captured naturally by the plants. Injecting the oil into secure geologic storage makes the carbon storage permanent.
"In partnership with Stripe, our trusted payment processing partner, Blackthorn has proudly contributed $4,138.16. This is only the beginning, as we plan to keep contributing 1% of our revenue to the Stripe Climate Project."

PLANTING TREES TO REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT

Ecosia: Blackthorn has also contributed to the quest for negative carbon emissions by using Ecosia, a search engine that plants trees while users search the web. This is an effortless way to help that has a compounding effect. Find out how you can help here.

“Going forward, we plan to donate $2,000 to $3,000 to other climate organizations,” says Blackthorn co-founder and CEO Chris Federspiel, “as part of our pledging 1% of profits toward planting more trees.”

PLANTING TREES TO REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT

One Tree Planted: For every dollar we contribute, one tree gets planted. One Tree Planted works with reforestations partners in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa who help get trees in the ground to restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for biodiversity. In 2019, they reached a record, planting 4 million trees.

TIME OFF FOR TIME WELL SPENT

Blackthorn.io team members are encouraged to take time off to give back through nonprofit work. During annual company retreats, the team contributes time and efforts to organizations like Give Kids The World.