I constantly draw inspiration from nature — the first and greatest system of generative artwork. I've hiked in some of the most beautiful places around the world, including Glacier National Park, where I took the photo above. I've worked to reduce my carbon footprint; I reduce, reuse, and recycle; and more. So it is disheartening that many of today's cryptocurrencies — and NFTs built on that crypto — have a significant problem: an extraordinary use of energy. Despite the potential benefits to artists and art collectors, the environmental impact of NFTs is impossible to ignore once you've learned about it. The Quantrian project responded to this from two angles.
First, to combat the impact of earlier Quantrian NFTs minted through the Ethereum high-impact cryptocurrency, carbon offsets were purchased through Terrapass — enough to cover 227kg of CO2 per NFT, more than current lifetime estimates for an individual NFT.
Second, later Quantrian NFTs shifted to minting through cryptocurrencies using low-impact "proof of stake" consensus mechanisms rather than the energy-intensive "proof of work," such as Polygon / MATIC, which is estimated to use 0.05% of the energy of Ethereum transactions.
If you would like to own a Quantrian image without an NFT impact, fine art prints are available through Vsual.