As part of our ongoing commitment to the environment, we keep our visitors and customers updated on what we’re doing to increase our sustainability through monthly reports. For August, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve planted 4,776 trees and funded two Gold Standard Projects.
Over 4,600 trees planted across Haiti, Indonesia, and Nepal
In Haiti, fruit trees are being planted to help build up food security, and mangroves are being planted along the coastline to reduce coastal erosion. In Indonesia, they’re also planting mangroves to restore forests that have been destroyed due to storms, clear-cutting, and tsunamis. And in Nepal, they are reforesting mountains and grasslands, as well as helping to create a buffer zone around Chitwan National Park.
Over 80 trees planted in Mozambique
Ecologi also planted 81 trees for us in their Changalane, Mozambique project. These trees will help to restore deforested woodland and protect local wildlife, while also providing jobs for the local community.
Over 65 mangroves planted in Madagascar
We offset our employees’ carbon footprints through Ecologi, and in August, we planted 69 mangroves in their Marataola tree-planting project. Mangroves protect coastal land from tidal erosion, provide a home for a wide range of wildlife, and are a fantastic carbon sink.
1 birch tree planted in Scotland
This month, we also had a birch tree planted in Dalry, Scotland, as part of Ecologi’s partnership with the Future Forest Company, which is helping to reforest parts of Scotland as well as provide new opportunities for rural communities.
Supporting energy production from waste rice husks in India
Ecologi funds Gold Standard projects for us as well, and this month, they sponsored the Saisons cogeneration power project, where in Haryana, rice husks are transported from the nearby rice mills and are used for turbine fuel in a power plant, helping to meet energy demands without relying on coal. India is responsible for around 23% of worldwide rice production, and using these waste husks for power generation cuts down on CO2 emissions, water contamination, and long-term health issues caused by coal-burning power plants.
Funding solar power in Vietnam
Ecologi also supported the Quang Minh solar project in Southern Vietnam, helping the country move from coal and oil energy production to more sustainable and renewable energy. With this solar power plant, the country will produce 50MW per year, reducing carbon emissions by over 60,000 tonnes and providing clean energy for around 36,000 people in the area.
Our monthly impact
Through our tree planting and project funding, we’ve reduced our carbon footprint this month by an additional 203 tonnes, making it nearly 3,600 tonnes since we started. That’s the equivalent of over 10.75 kilometres squared of sea ice being saved, nearly 4,500 tonnes of rubbish being recycled instead of being put into a landfill, over 6,600 metric tonnes of coal not being burned, or over 5,600,000 litres of petrol not being used.