As a part of our ongoing commitment to the environment and our customers, we create a report every month to update everyone on what we’ve done to increase our sustainability. In December, we planted 4,859 trees and funded another Gold Standard project.
Over 4,700 trees planted for our customers
For each web hosting, Managed WordPress, and VPS package purchased by our customers, we plant trees through Eden Reforestation Projects, planting in Haiti, Indonesia, and Nepal. This month, we planted 4,707 trees.
We plant trees in Haiti to reinforce mangrove forests along the coastline and help stop erosion, as well as planting fruit trees in local communities to help build up food security. In Indonesia, mangroves are also being planted along shorelines to rebuild forests that have been destroyed by storms, clear-cutting, and tsunamis. And in Nepal, trees are being planted in three locations — in the mountains to help reduce erosion, in the grasslands to provide more support, and around the Chitwan National Park to provide a buffer zone to protect wildlife.
Over 150 trees planted for our employees
Through Ecologi, we offset our employees’ carbon footprint by planting trees with them. This month, we planted 151 trees in Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Scotland, and Uganda.
We were delighted to see two new locations appear in our Ecologi forest. In the Mau region of Kenya, they’ve planted 33 new trees, helping to restore acacias and mangroves along the many waterways in the area. And in eastern Uganda, Ecologi is working with Trees for the Future to help local farmers create forest gardens, areas with a rich collection of trees, shrubs, and plants to provide food and biodiversity in the area.
In Madagascar, Ecologi planted 111 new mangroves for us in their Marataola tree-planting project, helping restore the coastline and reinvigorate the mangrove forests. In Mozambique, 3 new trees were planted as part of their Changalane tree-planting program, helping to rebuild forests lost to firewood and charcoal production. And in Scotland, one Willow was planted with the Future Forest Company, helping to reforest parts of Scotland as well as provide support for local communities.
Ecologi also planted 30 additional mangroves in Madagascar because we referred a new customer to them. Thank you, Ecologi, and thank you, Alex Baker!
Funding wind farms in Bac Lieu, Vietnam
Ecologi also funds Gold Standards projects for us every month. This month, we helped to support the Bac Lieu Province Wind Farm in Vietnam. Vietnam currently generates over half of its electricity from coal, and while hydroelectric power plants make up 26% of the power generated, droughts, earthquakes, and heavy rains make it difficult for the electricity to get where it needs to go, causing energy shortages. Along with generating 320,000 MWh of renewable electricity every year, this project will also help improve power transmission lines across the country, helping to prevent power shortages in the future while also reducing Vietnam’s reliance on coal.
Our monthly impact
Through our tree planting and project funding, we’ve reduced our carbon footprint this month by an additional 193 tonnes, making it over 4,400 tonnes since we started. This amount is the equivalent of over 13.2 kilometres squared of sea ice being saved, nearly 5,500 tonnes of rubbish being recycled instead of going to the landfill, over 8,000 metric tonnes of coal not being burned, and over 6,875,000 litres of petrol not being used.