As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, we publish reports that update our readers on our progress each month. In July, we planted nearly 5,500 trees and funded two Gold Standard Projects.
Over 5,300 trees planted for our customers
In their Haitian project, Eden Reforestation Projects is planting fruit trees in towns and villages to build up food security and the local economy and also rebuilds mangrove forests along the coastline. In their Biak Island project in Indonesia, they are planting mangroves along the shoreline, rebuilding forests severely damaged by clear-cutting, storms, and tsunamis. And they work on three projects in Nepal, planting trees in the mountains as well as the grasslands to help support biodiversity and reduce erosion. They are also creating a buffer zone around the Chitwan National Park, providing further protection for wildlife.
Over 150 trees planted for our employees
Every month, we also offset our employees’ carbon footprints by funding tree-planting and sustainability projects through Ecologi and also add an extra 100 trees to our customers’ collection for Eden Reforestation Projects.
This month, Ecologi planted 21 mangroves in their Marotaola, Madagascar coastline project, 13 trees as part of their forest restoration in the Mau region of Kenya and their Dundori Forest project, 11 new trees in Zambezia, Mozambique, two more heritage fruit trees in their Ouezzane, Morocco project, and one tree each in Bolivia, Ecuador, Uganda, and just outside of Radstock near Bath in the UK.
Building solar power in Egypt
Ecologi also funds Gold Standard Projects for us, and this month, they’re helping support solar power plants in Benban, Egypt. Part of the Benban Solar Park, this is the fourth largest solar park in the world, taking advantage of the wide flat desert and near-constant daily sunshine. Through this park, Egypt will be reducing its dependence on fossil fuels for their energy grid as well as providing more reliable electricity for its citizens.
Protecting the rainforest from deforestation in Peru
Ecologi is also funding the REDD+ project to help protect over 98,000 hectares of Amazonian rainforest in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. Ensuring long-term conservation and sustainable management of the forest, REDD+ (Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) projects work with local smallholders to prevent unsustainable clearcutting of forests.
Through these projects, we have reduced our carbon footprint by an additional 221 tonnes, making it over 6,000 tonnes since we started. This is the equivalent of over 7,600 tonnes of rubbish being recycled instead of going to a landfill, over 11,000 metric tonnes of coal not being burned, nearly 9,400,000 litres of petrol not being used, and over 18 kilometres squared of sea ice being saved.