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Article by Steve Smith - Caravans Plus

CaravansPlus Deliveries = More Aussie Trees

Online shopping is more efficient in time and environmental resources than "bricks and mortar" stores, but we have made it even better!

CaravansPlus has started planting trees for all the deliveries we send out around Australia. The plan is to make up for any negative impacts that come from our link in the supply chain. We are doing this while keeping our prices and range the best in the country.

Carbon Neutral Shipping with CaravansPlus
Good news... More CO2 offset than created by our shipping.

How is it Done?

CaravansPlus is donating money to "Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund" (CNCF) which plants trees and restores farmland around Australia. Trees naturally remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and help improve the land they are on.

We pay for Certified Gold Standard Carbon Credits used in Australia. This means new trees are planted, looked after, and protected. We choose CNCF because they concentrate on improving biodiversity not just maximum carbon reduction.

Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund - Gold Standard Carbon Credits

How Much Does it Cost?

Thanks to you, we have been growing and becoming more efficient as a business. This has allowed us to plant the trees without increasing our prices. It's a WIN-WIN for you and the environment.

How is it Calculated?

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Australia Post gives figures on how much pollution is generated from Delivery Vehicle Services.

On average our deliveries generate around 1.2kg of CO2 emissions each. We have chosen to offset 2.0kg of CO2 for every delivery we send. So it's actually even better than neutral - with every delivery we are offsetting MORE carbon emissions than are created! We hope this will help the planet with the emission reductions it needs.

Where Are The Trees?

Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund (CNCF) has planted over 5.4 million trees across more than 3,812 hectares and 160 Australian sites since 2001. You can see CNCF current projects here.

Brookton restoring with native and endemic plants
Sites in Brookton WA, which CNCF will be restoring with native and endemic plants.

Why Do It?

The Climate Change debate is a sensitive topic around the world. Many of the questions center around what we can (or should) do about it, and where the costs will fall.

CaravansPlus is not trying to answer these questions for the world, we are just trying to make sure our own actions do not have a negative effect on other people. We think the cost on us is bearable and that's why we have chosen planting trees as our first step.

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    Steve Lawry

    Well done Caravans Plus for this forward thinking approach to your business and the environment.

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    Anthony & Faye

    Great to see businesses making a positive contribution and showing leadership - well done

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    Glen

    It’s terrific that we deal with a company that acts ethically and doesn’t sweep a real issue under the carpet. Well done

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    Ray

    Well done Caravans Plus I am not surprised as you have always been leaders in your field.

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    Geoff

    Well done. Was not aware of your environmental initiatives. You have been a great company to deal with in terms of service & good prices, this is another string to your bow !!

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    Bernadette

    Well done Caravans Plus. Everything old is new again. Going back to the past for packing is excellent

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    Ray

    A great achievement. We need more companies with ideals such as yours.

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    Tom

    Well done. We need more good corporate citizens like you who care about the environment while still running a successful business

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    Valda

    Really good to hear. Hope more companies come on board and follow suit.

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    Charlie

    Thank you for setting this example. Let's hope lots more business do this too.

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    Tina

    You are to be congratulated on thinking outside the box! Great service, great competitive prices and a climate action plan! !! Thank you

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    Michael

    You are to be congratulated on your stirling efforts. Your company has always been my “go to” online supplier for motorhome products and spares, particularly whilst travelling in remote areas. Your carbon offsets confirm my faith in Australian companies. I thank you.

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    Ben

    Well done, all companies should follow in your footsteps. And help us all tread lightly on this small planet

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    Mal

    Great to see such a very good example from a company willing to make the effort my dealings with them have all been positive this just adds another star . well done .

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    Luke

    Unreal guys, your honesty and genuine care for your customers and our planet is what helps to make your company as great as it is. I’ve built a few house buses in my time and friends that I have met on the rd have been inspired by myself and always ask where is the best place to purchase materials for there builds. I always tell them to you use you guys. Now I’m even more happy to spread the love , good stuff guys ✌🏻

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    Brian

    Well done Steve and all your people. We've all heard about businesses being 'Carbon neutral' and the like, but this is the first time I've seen it explained in simple plain English with a practical and graphic explanation of how its done. I'm all for it, and wish you and your people all the best for an even brighter future. Brian

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    Christine

    Fantastic, good to see responsible companies caring for our kids future, and a pleasure to be apart of.

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    Giuseppe

    Amazing! Well done! An example for others!

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    Brian

    Well done Caravans Plus for showing fantastic leadership. I didn’t need to be converted, but I will now never buy from any other caravan parts supplier unless you just don’t stock or supply what I want.

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    Bob

    What a Great Idea its a pity more Companies and Firms that use a lot of packageing do not do the same.

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    Gabriele

    Good stuff, well done! Thank you for showing you care about the environment and are willing to do your bit. If we need anything for our travels in our van we will certainly come to you first.

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    Graham

    Well Done. We need as many trees as we can get. It is not only good for the environment , trees also provide shelter for birds and native animals.

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    George

    What a fantastic idea. Keep it up.

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    Ken

    Go Caravan Plus, great idea.

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    Kevin

    Great idea. Unfortunately land clearing is still happening all over Australia . Perhaps there should be a requirement for land clearers to be involved in tree replacement

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    Ronald

    Well done a pity all over companies don't think the way you do again well done keep up the good work also you are a great company to do business with

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    Colin

    Well done Steve and the crew from Caravan Plus , you're a great business to do business with .

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    Leanne

    Thanks for being proactive in your approach to our future Caravans Plus. Well done, hopefully more businesses will follow your lead.

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    Keely

    Terrific! Thank you for including the environment in your business plan. Respect to you

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    Lyle

    What a great idea Caravan Plus, more business should follow your lead.keep it up.

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    Pam

    Congratulations. What a great idea and a wonderful effort from Caravan Plus Although it does not surprise me as you provide a great service and show care to your customers.

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    Ray

    Well done Team. Every bit helps!

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    Peter

    Fantastic. What a great idea. Well done CaravansPlus.

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    Marguerite

    What a fantastic thing you are doing to incorporate the environment into your great business

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    Vic

    Wow !! what a fantastic idea. Great to see some forward thinking, helping the environment rejuvenate. Great work guys.

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    keith

    good work guy's keep it going

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    Alan

    We are so pleased to see a great initiative like this. It gives hope for our planet, that people really care.

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    Geoff & Heather

    Great initiative Caravan Plus - wish there were more like you out there. It makes us feel good that we have helped in the past and we will in the future. Keep up the good work.

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    Owen

    Good idea Steve. I am one of those who don't support the climate change situation, but planting trees is a great idea, especially to provide shade and trees for birds. Flowering ones are needed for bees.

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    Russell

    Well done Caravans Plus.!!!!! We also have offset our caravan trips (and more)with the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund https://cncf.com.au/donate-a-tree/ Hopefully more businesses (and people ) will follow.

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    Ken

    Fantastic undertaking by Caravans Plus, top effort and thanks for all your assistance in the past

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    John

    Tree planting is a great initiative by your company Our next caravan trip to Shelford in Victoria is to plant trees on a friends farm. It feels good to do something that will make a difference to the health of our planet

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    Heather

    We love Caravans Plus. Your tree planting is a wonderful initiative to help improve the health of our planet for the caravanners of now and those in the future.

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    Brad

    Great idea and I will continue to support Caravan Plus as much as possible.

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    Andrew Wilkerson

    Great job, I will put a link to it from my blog, this is a great idea for any business that want to do that little bit more to make the earth a better place.

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    Bob Moore

    Planting trees should be a national incentive, to plant more trees on non farming land, greening Australia is worth the effort, great idea CaravansPlus!

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    Gary

    Something, anything is better than nothing. Well done CaravansPlus for having a go.

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    Johannes A

    I am totally impressed by your enthusiasm for the environment, top marks to you. Hans Schutte. Victoria.

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    Joe

    Well done CaravansPlus. What a great idea. Congratulations on your forward thinking.

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    Colin

    Fantastic effort. You have always been great to deal with but this has ensured we would go nowhere else.

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    David & Kris

    We are very happy to be supporters of such a great company as Caravans Plus!! Keep up the wonderful work!!

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    Dennis

    Great example, CaravansPlus. This is a really great initiative and you are to be congratulated for taking a positive step towards helping to reduce our carbon footprint. Good on you!

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    Robyn

    Good on you and the team. Even more reason to shop at Caravans Plus.

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    Tony

    Take a bow Caravans Plus. Your service is tops and so are your tree tops. Impressive initiative. 👍🎶

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    Fran

    I'm impressed that you've taken the initiative to do this. I'll share this in travel/ camping groups to which I belong. Thank you for your ethical approach to your business.

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    ANTHONY SKINNER

    Great news, you are a v good Company to deal with.

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    John.

    Well done.

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    Barry

    Great service and pricing well done with tree planting plN

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    Philip

    Well done Caravans Plus. Thank's for letting me know about you endeavours. What an idea! Cheer's

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    Jeremy

    Was so pleased to read about this. Well done! We all need do what we can and take responsibility when our leaders don't.

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    Sai

    fantastic guys . one more reason to shop with caravansplus

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    Tony

    Great idea, even if we have the option to pay for another at the time you pay for one. JUst add the option to buy one as well

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    Well done Caravans Plus

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    Kevin

    Congratulations CaravanPlus on this initiative. We can only hope more businesses adopt a proactive and caring approach.

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