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Protecting our Climate

OUR OCEANS

The ocean’s play a vital role in the regulation the Earth’s climate, the storage of solar radiation, the distribution of heat and moisture around the globe, and the management of weather systems. The ocean produces more than half of the oxygen comes from it. These weather patterns are driven largely by the ocean’s currents.

Ocean currents act like a conveyor belt, transporting warm water from the Earths equator toward the poles and cold water from the Poles back to the equator and tropical areas. Thus, ocean currents regulate climate. They also, move ocean pollution and trash around the globe. 80% of the waste that is found in our oceans comes directly from the land.

  • Right now there is over 8 million metric tons of plastic that has been dumped into the ocean, and the number continues to raise.

 

How does Climate Change affect Aviation?

These weather systems that are driven by our ocean currents, which can significantly affect the aviation industry as a whole. With the increase in lower clouds, fog and rain which can impede visibility around or near airports. With climate change comes, hotter temperatures, increase in wildfires, and increasing extreme to serve weather.

  • Hotter temperatures – with temperatures rising, this causes higher humidity and density altitude, which affects aircraft performance. It is estimated that by 2030, almost all countries will experience hotter weather, an increase of 1.96 degrees every other year due to greenhouse gases caused by climate change.

  • Wildfires – as the number of wildfires increase every year, which creates more Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR’s) making navigation for general Aviation aircraft feel like a pinball machine. Or not able to fly in general for a few days due to a nearby fire. It is projected that a global increase of extreme fires of up to 14% by 2030.

  • Weather – storms are becoming more intense, which causes flight delays for major airports, danger to personal and aircraft caused by convective weather. For an example, supporting data shows that Hurricanes have increased in strength worldwide over the last four decades caused by the increase of greenhouse gases.

OUR GOAL

Yes, we have an aviation theme. As a brand, we’ve always had a deep connection and protecting our most valuable resource, the ocean. Our plan is to become one of the first, if not many apparel companies in the aviation industries to be fully sustainable.

  • Our goal is by 2030, every t-shirt we sell well be made of sustainable recycled material, which will remove four plastic bottles per shirt sold.

  • No more plastic packaging or use of any plastic products by 2025.

  • By sourcing within the U.S. – our apparel is printed in Alabama. Lowering our Co2 emissions by using recycled polyester in the majority of our products, plus using reusable materials and products.

 

LONG TERM GOAL

Durability and performance have been our top principle from the start. If you are going to purchase a product new, we want to provide the best option available - quality that will perform, season after season, flight after flight, and well into the future.

Red Horse Aviation is part of an alliance.

Did you know that alternative materials such as; compostable plastics are not as good as they may sound? Most compostable plastics like cups and silverware (plastic ware) can only be composted in industrial compost facilities. This facilities are rare to find in the Untied States. If plastic materials even make the journey to an industrial composter, they take much too long to break down than organic waste.

  • Compostable plastics are thrown into the recycling system where they can ruin processing machines.

  • Even when the compostable plastics do fully break down they become a sticky, resin type mess.

This creates poor compost, which is not rich in nutritious for plants and gardens.

We’ve list a few ideas for how you can REUSE the bags in the meantime.

  • Use them for your pets as a Dog poo bag, cat litters. Use leftover bags to line the litter box

  • Place your phone, wallet, and keys in it and use it as a dry bag, when flying over water (just in case), out in the rain, or any wet activity. Also, you can cover your muddy shoes before you get back into your car.

  • A starter pot for plants for home or school: Fold down the sides to desired height. Poke a few holes in the bottom for water to drain, fill with soil, and plant your seeds.

  • Use them to clean the shower. Fill a bag with distilled white vinegar, then tie it around your showerhead to remove soap scum and mildew.

  • During upcoming winter months, cover fragile plants with plastic bags to keep them safe from frost. Same goes for outdoor padlocks in the winter to keep them from freezing.

  • Instead of using bubble wrap when shipping, use plastic bags when mailing packages. Use plastic bags when packing away breakable holiday decorations.

  • Put plastic bags under furniture when painting.

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