Cloverly wishes everyone a happy Independence Day. (If you're reading this in the UK, sorry about that disagreement two and a half centuries ago; delighted that we got back to being friends.)

Thomas Jefferson and the Continental Congress described independence this way in the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Today, many of us are exercising our freedom to toss something delicious on the grill, grab a chilled beverage, and relax with friends and family. (For ideas about celebrating sustainably, click here.)

At Cloverly, we cherish sustainability as a core value. If you're reading this, then you probably do, too.

Sustainability relates directly to independence. Living or doing business without following principles of sustainability means impinging on the freedom of others. It means offloading some of the negative impacts of our actions onto others, without giving them any say in the matter. We force others to bear the economic and environmental costs of dirty air and water, hazardous wastes, and climate change.

If we live and work sustainably, then we give others the freedom to pursue happiness without having to clean up our messes. We all get to enjoy the wonders of our planet.

That's why we founded Cloverly. That's why we offer easy ways to offset the carbon footprint of online transactions and other everyday activities.

Because we hold the wisdom of sustainability to be self-evident.

Thanks for your interest in Cloverly. We hope you have a wonderful holiday.