As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, we write monthly reports to update our customers and readers on our progress. This April, we planted nearly 6,000 trees and funded two Gold Standard Projects.
Over 5,200 trees planted for our customers
For web hosting, Managed WordPress, and VPS packages purchased by our customers, we plant trees through Eden Reforestation Projects, where we plant in Haiti, Indonesia, and Nepal. For April, we planted 5,284 trees.
Through these projects, fruit trees are being planted in Haitian communities to help build up food security and local economies for towns, as well as rebuilding mangrove forests along the coastline. Mangroves are also being planted along the Indonesian shorelines, rebuilding forests that have been severely damaged by storms, clear-cutting, and tsunamis. And in Nepal, trees are planted in the mountains and grasslands to help reduce erosion and build biodiversity, as well as create a buffer zone around the Chitwan National Park.
Over 150 trees planted for our employees
Every month, we also offset our employees’ carbon footprints by funding projects through Ecologi. In April, we planted 151 trees in Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Scotland, and Uganda.
In Kenya, they planted 42 trees to help restore the forests in the Mau region, including croton, fever trees, and acacias. In their Madagascan tree-planting project, they planted 66 new mangroves to restore the coastline. Three acacias were planted in Changlane, Mozambique, to help restore the coastline. In Scotland, one hawthorn tree was planted for their UK forestry projects, helping to reforest the country as well as providing support for local communities. And in Uganda, Ecologi works with Trees for the Future to help farmers create forest gardens, with nine trees added to our collection.
We also received an additional 30 mangroves in Madagascar due to someone new signing up to Ecologi. Thanks, Euan!
500 trees planted for Earth Day
As part of our Earth Day celebrations this year, we planted 500 mangroves through Ecologi, helping to fill up their Marotaola tree project. Through Ecologi, we’ve planted over 3,300 mangroves in Madagascar, and we’re happy to see the results!
Supporting the first-ever wind project in Honduras
Ecologi also sponsors Gold Standard projects for us, and this month, we’re absolutely delighted to be helping to support the first-ever wind project in Honduras. As Honduras has shifted away from agricultural exports to more energy-heavy industries such as textiles, the need for power has increased. With over 50 turbines being installed, these will generate 345,970MWh per year, reducing emissions by nearly 227,000 tonnes.
Funding wind farms in Mexico
We also helped to fund another wind farm project, this time in Mexico. Despite having plenty of land perfect for wind farms, up until fairly recently, Mexico only produced 0.24% of its national power through wind farms. This amount has increased dramatically over the past decade, and these wind farms will not only produce clean energy for Mexico but also fund healthcare and other community initiatives in the area.
Our monthly impact
Through these projects, we have reduced our carbon footprint by an additional 233 tonnes, making it over 5,300 tonnes since we started. This is the equivalent of nearly 6,800 tonnes of rubbish being recycled instead of going to a landfill, over 9,800 metric tonnes of coal not being burned, over 8,300,000 litres of petrol not being used, and over 16 kilometres squared of sea ice being saved.