Eco Web Hosting’s Sustainability Report for April 2021

We take pride in what we’re doing to increase our sustainability, and we know that our current and potential customers are also interested. As part of this, we’re happy to announce that we’ve planted over 7,900 trees and sponsored two Gold Standard Projects for the month of April.

Over 4,200 trees planted across Nepal, Haiti, and Indonesia

We plant trees for our web hosting, managed WordPress, and VPS packages. And we now work directly with Eden Reforestation Projects, planting our customers’ trees through them to three specific countries — Haiti, Indonesia, and Nepal. They work closely with the communities in each region to ensure that the right trees are planted at the right time.

In Haiti, a country that has been massively deforested over the past centuries, they are helping to replenish the mangrove forests in the south, preventing coastal erosion and helping to restore ocean health. And across southeast Haiti, they are working with local communities to build up food supplies, planting mangoes, moringas, citrus, and papaya trees.

Across the island of Biak in Indonesia, they are restoring the mangrove forests that were devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Restoring these mangroves will also help prevent flooding and soil erosion in the area, not to mention providing a safe space for wildlife to thrive.

In Nepal, they are working in three areas — the mountains in the west, helping to protect villages from landslides and other natural disasters, the grasslands in the southeast, working with the local communities to restore previously deforested land and creating a buffer zone for the Chitwan National Park, helping protect the many endangered species in the region, including Bengal tigers, clouded leopards, and Asiatic elephants.

A mangrove forest at high tide, with the water covering the roots of the trees
Photo from Ecologi

Over 3,000 mangroves planted in Madagascar

We offset our employees’ carbon footprints through Ecologi, and through them, we planted over 70 mangroves in their Marataola project. We also work with Tree-Nation to buy trees for special events, and in April, we planted 3,000 mangroves for the Eden Reforestation Project as a gift. Mangroves are amazing for restoring coastlines, filtering seawater, and providing a home for wildlife.

Seedlings growing in a greenhouse.
Photo from Tree-Nation

500 trees planted for Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day this year, we decided to plant trees around the world. Along with 150 mangroves for the Eden Reforestation Project and 100 for Ecologi’s Marataola project, we planted 250 trees in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Colombia, France, India, Kenya, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and the United Kingdom. This included oaks, beeches, moringas, lemons, tamarinds, jacarandas, acacias, firs, and what’s known as the Noah’s Walnut, a tree that’s popular with the local cassowaries in the Daintree Rainforest of Queensland, Australia.

Freshly planted seedlings arranged in groups.
Photo from Ecologi

Over 50 trees planted in Mozambique

Along with the trees in Madagascar, Ecologi planted over 50 trees for their Changalane project in Mozambique. Including baobab trees, gum arabic trees, and others. These trees not only help to restore deforested lands but protect local wildlife and provide jobs for the community.

Woolly pigs forage in a forest
Photo from Ecologi

11 oak trees planted in the United Kingdom

With Ecologi, we now plant one tree in the United Kingdom, and this month, it was a Quercus petraea, or sessile oak, that was planted in Dalry, Scotland as part of their partnership with the  Future Forest Company. We also planted 10 Quercus robur, or pedunculate oaks, with Tree-Nation for the Community Tree Planting project as a gift.

The Thai San Miguel Liquor distillery in Bangkok, Thailand
Photo from Ecologi

Funding methane digesters in Thailand

Ecologi also sponsors Gold Standards projects for us, and this month we are helping turn wastewater from the Thai San Miguel Liquor distillery in Bangkok into electricity thanks to methane digesters. Previously, the wastewater from making their alcoholic products would go into lagoons and evaporate the methane over time, releasing it into the air. But by adding methane digesters, the methane is collected and used to power not only the boilers in the distillery, but also help power the national grid of Thailand, reducing emissions by over 87,000 tonnes per year.

A woman stands in front of her new cook stove, preparing a meal.
Photo from Ecologi

Providing fuel-efficient cook stoves in Honduras

The other project this month is helping Envirofit distribute 300,000 fuel-efficient stoves across Honduras. Over one million households use biomass-burning open stoves for heating and cooking, and deforestation is a major issue for the country. By providing households with closed fuel-efficient cookstoves, not only does it reduce the amount of wood needed to heat the home and cook meals, it also reduces particulate matter in the air, reducing pollution-related health problems for families.

Our impact

Through our tree planting and project funding, we’ve reduced our carbon footprint by a further 290 tonnes, making it over 2,800 tonnes since we started. That’s the equivalent of eight and a half kilometres squared of sea ice being saved, 1,454,700 litres of petrol not being used, or nearly 1,000 tonnes of rubbish being recycled instead of thrown into a landfill.

We’ll keep you updated every month with what we’re doing in our blog and our newsletter, and we hope you’re as excited about our work as we are.